Farro is an italian grain similar in shape and color to brown rice but richer in taste and texture. In recent years it has become much easier to find in grocery stores and is less expensive than 'fancy' wild rices. So I've been buying it like crazy! In fact, it's hard to go back to regular rice. So here is a warm farro salad that's makes a great accompaniment for roasted beef, chicken, or pork.
Free from dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, egg, and shellfish.
6 cooked servings of farro
1 red bell pepper
1 large zucchini
Several handfuls of fresh basil
1 tsp each of salt and pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil plus 1 tbsp for coating the veggies to roast
the juice of half a lemon
5 sun dried tomatoes
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1. Chop the bell pepper and zucchini into 1cm cubes and toss lightly in olive oil. Roast on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper at 425F for about 15 - 20 minutes or until nicely browned on the edges.
2. Prepare the farro according to package directions. It generally takes under 20 minutes to cook
3. While the farro and veggies are cooking you can prepare the dressing. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, basil, lemon juice, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and sun dried tomatoes to a blender. Pulse until smooth.
4. While the veggies and farro are still hot, add them both to a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over top. Toss well.