Thursday, May 27, 2021

Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad

This easy, Italian salad features farro, a whole-grain hero. Mixed with roasted zucchini, peppers, and onion, and topped with a lemony dressing this salad pairs perfectly with any entrée.

Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad

Today's salad doubles as a side dish for any entrée.  The star of the dish is farro, a delightfully nutty grain that full of protein and fiber.  Use it as you would quinoa or rice.  When paired with perfectly roasted vegetables you have a winning combination.  This salad is best with a light dressing and my lemony vinaigrette brings a burst of brightness to the dish.  Top this off with some fresh herbs and a crumble of tangy feta and voila, a masterpiece is born!

This salad is served warm or at room temperate, however, it will keeps several days and will taste just a wonderful eaten cold.  This would be a great dish to serve during the summer grilling months.  Perfect for BBQs, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and even picnics in the park! Enjoy!

What Ingredients do I need?

  • farro
  • green onions
  • red bell pepper
  • orange bell pepper
  • zucchini
  • onion
  • parsley
  • feta cheese
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • olive oil

Substitutions and Variations

  • Try different roasted vegetables such as broccoli, summer squash, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, or cauliflower
  • Leave out the cheese or use ricotta salata

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • This can be made ahead and served at room temperature
  • This salad will keep several days in the refrigerator

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Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad

serves 4

1 cup farro, 
2 green onions, sliced thin, whites and light green parts
1 1/2 bell peppers, orange and red cut into thin strips
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
1 small yellow onion, sliced
extra virgin olive oil to coat
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

For the Dressing:
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook farro according to package directions.

While farro is cooking make the dressing: Combine all the dressing ingredients, except parsley, in a bowl, and set aside.

When the farro is tender, drain and let cool a bit. Toss farro and dressing together, set aside to let the flavors combine.

Place vegetables on rimmed roasting pans so they fit in a single layer, toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Roast until tender and beginning to brown, about 25 min.  Remove from the oven and toss with vegetables with the farro.  Add parsley and feta and serve.

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