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Italian Farro Salad

An Italian Farro Salad made with juicy and sweet cherry tomatoes, peppery radishes, fragrant fresh herbs, and a zingy vinaigrette. This feel-good salad is great for eating outdoors, as a packed lunch or a healthy side dish and couldn't be simpler to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people (or 6 as a side dish)
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • ~1 1/4 cups Farro (250g)
  • ~7 ounces cherry tomatoes , cut in half (200g)
  • 1 red onion , finely sliced
  • 3 radishes , finely sliced
  • 1 large handful of basil , roughly chopped
  • 1 large handful of parsley , roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  • Put the farro in a large sauce pan, cover with plenty salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until tender, drain and cool.
  • Add the lemon, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper into a large bowl and whisk until emulsified. Add the chopped herbs and stir.
  • Add all the vegetables to the bowl alongside with cooled farro. Mix everything together to combine. Check for seasoning and add more if required. Serve.

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Notes

  • Check the cooking time for your particular brand of farro as it may differ.
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  • Don't forget to season the water for cooking the farro with salt it's really important for adding flavour to the salad otherwise it'll taste bland.
  • Make sure to whisk the dressing until emulsified (combined completely and smooth in appearance) before tossing with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Let the farro cool before adding to the salad. It doesn't need to be completely cold if you are eating it straight away but it shouldn't be hot.
  • No farro? spelt or barley would be great alternatives and can be prepared in the exact same way.
  • This salad is so easy to adapt with different veggies, herbs, and spices so add in whatever you like!
  • This salad will last really well covered in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5.6% | Vitamin C: 17.2% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 11.2%