Farro Salad from "Near & Far"

15 mins. prep30 mins. total~$3/serving
They say the Roman army subsisted on farro—and once this toothsome grain enters your weekly rotation, you’ll understand how the ancient empire managed to run the Western world for 500 years! Farro’s nutty bite adds texture to roasted veggies, subs for pasta after a late night or creates depth in Heidi's flavor-filled salad.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 1/4 cups Farro

3 cups Water

Fine-grain Sea Salt

1 pound Green Olives (Rinsed then pitted)

4 to 6 tablespoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil

1 cup chopped toasted Walnut Halves

4 to 6 Green Onions (trimmed and chopped)

1 bunch Chives (minced)

Scant 1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 tablespoon Honey

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

1/3 cup Golden Raisins (chopped)

Shaved Pecorino Cheese, to serve

Step 1

Combine the farro, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a sauce- pan over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to take from a boil to a simmer, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes if semipearled, longer if whole. Cook until tender, but not so long that the grains become mushy. Drain off any extra water and set aside.

Step 2

Coarsely chop the olives and place them in a bowl along with the olive oil, walnuts, green onions, chives, red pepper flakes, honey, lemon juice, raisins, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir well and set aside (or refrigerate) until ready to serve the salad.

Step 3

The olive mixture is best at room temperature, so if you’ve refrigerated it, set it out for 30 minutes before doing the final toss. Combine the farro and olive mixture in a bowl and mix to combine well. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice if needed. Serve topped with thin strips of shaved pecorino.


Recipe and photo from "Near & Far" by Heidi Swanson. Published in the United States by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.