Cracked Farro Market Salad

Serving Size: 8

This salad is delicious, fresh, packed full of veggies and so satisfying. It’s perfect to serve to a health conscious crowd, but it really stands out on taste alone, healthy or not.

This recipe is very flexible, you can switch-up the vegetables with whatever you find at the market. You can serve with grilled chicken or go for it and serve it up on its own.

Salad

  • 2 cup cracked farro
  • 1 7-ounce jar Kalamata olives, drained and rough chopped, it should be about 1 heaping cup
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 Pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8 Ounce (about 2 cups) Persian cucumbers
  • 8 Ounce (about 2 cups) sugar snap peas
  • 0.5 cup fine chopped mint (optional)
  • 1 bunch parsley, leaves removed, well-dried and chopped (it should be almost one cup when chopped)
  1. Bring three cups of salted water to boil and add farro. Then reduce to simmer and cover with a lid for about 12-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the farro over to cool. Fluff with a fork to reduce clumping.  Allow to cool for about 15 minutes, while it cools you can prepare your veggies.
  2. Clean, dry and chop fresh herbs. Clean sugar snap peas and remove the string. Slice on bias. Slice cucumbers lengthwise in quarters and chop those quarters on bias. Slice the grape tomatoes lengthwise in half. Quarter the fennel removing the heart and thinly slice with a hand mandolin or slice with a knife. Rough chop olives.

Dressing

  • 1 tsp kosher salt (I like Diamond Crystal)
  • 0.67 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.25 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 0.5 tsp sumac
  • 0.25 tsp cracked pepper
  1. Whisk vinegar and olive oil together and then add in sumac, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, pour in the cooled farro then throw in all the prepped veggies and fresh herbs. Add 3/4 of the dressing and toss. Taste and add more dressing, salt or pepper if needed — I used all the dressing. Serve. This will keep in the fridge for three days.

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