Featured on Giada De Laurentiis' FoodTV show, "Everyday Italian." Farro is similar to wheat berries.
- 4 cups water
- 10 ounces cracked farro (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 lb fresh tomato, seeded and chopped
- 1⁄2 sweet onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup snipped fresh chives
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt, to taste
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water, farro, and salt, then turn heat to high and bring it all to a boil.
- When it has come to a boil, reduce the temperature to medium low, cover, and let simmer until the farro is tender, about 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat, drain mixture well, then pour it all into a large ceramic or porcelain bowl and set aside to let cool.
- When cooled, add the chopped tomatoes, onion, chives, and parsley, tossing to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine the garlic, vinegar, pepper, and olive oil, and whisk well until incorporated to make the dressing.
- Combine the dressing with the farro mixture, tossing it to coat well; season to taste with salt.
- Note: this salad can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator- Giada suggests serving it at room temperature, so just make sure to take it out of the fridge an hour before serving, or taste it cold to see if you like it that way, too; also, a few sliced black and/or green olives can be a nice addition.