This is such a simple and yet tasty salad, farro is used as a base grain. It is loaded with delicious oven roasted grape tomatoes marinated with olive oil, garlic and thyme. This can be served as a meal by itself or as a side dish.
I love the idea of adding roasted grapes tomatoes; they are naturally sweet which gives this farro salad a touch of sweetness. I think this salad will be very suitable during summer months along with any BBQ.
Now back to farro…farro is a kind of wheat, it was a staple food in ancient Rome and it’s believed that this was a grain of choice for the Roman soldiers thousands of years ago. In spite of having low gluten content, farro is chewy and has a nutty flavor.
Oh! Before I share with you the recipe, I just want you to know that I will be off for a couple of weeks…
1 cup farro
2½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
16oz grape tomatoes, washed and cut into half
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh thyme to taste, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
8-12oz of mixed frozen vegetables, I used Trader Joe’s soycutash (mixture of edamame, corn and red pepper)
Place the water in a medium pan and bring to boil with salt. Add farro and lower the heat to low and let it cook for approximately 15 minutes. You can cook it more or less depending on how soft or chewy you like.
Drain all the water once the farro is cooked. You can cook it more or less depending on how soft or chewy you like.
In the meantime, preheat oven to 375F. In a medium bowl toss together the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix gently until all the tomatoes are cover with oil.
In an oven safe tray, lay the tomatoes cut side down in a single layer. Roast for 40 minutes, and then increase the temperature to 425F if you want to caramelize them.
Turn off the oven and leave the tomatoes inside the oven until completely cool.
Follow the instruction on the package of the frozen vegetables.
When all the ingredients are ready and cool, toss them together. Drizzle more olive oil and taste for salt and pepper and add as necessary.
Serve slightly warm or cold.
If you enjoy this simple recipe using farro, you might want to check on Asian Stir-Fry Wheatberries with Eggs and Chinese Sausage or Red Quinoa with Chicken.
Did you know that farro is high in fiber and a very good source of protein and iron? Half cup of farro has more fiber and less calories than brown rice.