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Greek Farro Tomato Salad

Greek Farro Tomato Salad

Greek Farro Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese is packed with nutty flavor, bold texture and nutrients. Ready in just 20 minutes, this versatile salad is a perfect pairing for any meal.

Greek Farro Tomato Salad with spoon

Though not traditional, this is one hearty salad. The heavy Farro is lightened up by the vegetables, but you will not be hungry for hours after eating it.

My love affair with Farro started when I decided to experiment in the kitchen. I was just me and a big bag of grain. I was full of good intentions, attempting to cook healthier….so  what could go wrong? The first batch I cooked was a complete disaster. I didn’t read the directions and cooked it until ALL of the water was absorbed. When cooked, the Farro grains are supposed to puff up, and soften, but mine resembled runny oatmeal and somehow stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Oh, was there was supposed to be water left in the pot to drain? Maybe I should have read the instructions first.  After reading the directions, the second batch came out perfectly. The grains were puffed up, but still had bite to them. The nutty flavor and cooked grain aroma was delicious.

But what exactly is Farro? Though it may seem trendy now, Farro is an ancient grain. It was domesticated over 10,000 years ago in Egypt and is believed to have fed the Roman legions.  It is grown in central and northern Italy and presumed to have contributed to the longevity of the people living there.

Reasons why you will enjoy this recipe:

  • It is easy to make and ready to eat in about 15 minutes!
  • The dish is hearty and packed with delicious flavors, protein and fiber.
  • It is perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests
  • Budget -friendly and any delicious leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 day

 

 

Greek Farro Tomato Salad in a white bowl

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Hints for making the best Greek Farro Tomato Salad:

  • Use fresh, minced garlic. Garlic is an integral component of this sauce recipe and some flavor may be lost if fresh is not used.
  • Using fresh herbs is always best when the recipe calls for it. If not available, use re-hydrated herbs from the spice aisle.
  • Pearled Farro was used for this recipe. If you have whole grain, it may require an overnight soak.

 

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Greek Farro Tomato Salad

Greek Farro Tomato Salad

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Greek Farro Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese is packed with nutty flavor, bold texture and nutrients. Ready in just 20 minutes, this versatile salad is a perfect pairing for any meal.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry pearled Farro
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion, about 2 stalks (green part only)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Rinse farro under cold water. Drain.
  2. Add water and farro to a medium saucepan. Stir.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover.
  4. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Drain well, and transfer to a medium bowl to cool.
  6. Add the tomato, green onion, and parsley to the bowl, toss to combine.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk the garlic, vinegar, oil and pepper.
  8. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top.
  9. Serve at room temperature. Leftovers can be refrigerated, covered, for 1-2 days.

Notes

*This recipe uses pearled farro which does not require overnight soaking like whole grain farro.

Keywords: salad,farro,grain,tomato,side dish,dinner,lunch

Greek Farro Tomato Salad rich in protein and fiber