Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Farro is a sturdy grain that stands up well to such lusty ingredients as beet greens. The flavor is sweet and nutty, and it contrasts nicely with salty feta or goat cheese. The farro will absorb the color from red beets, giving this salad a pinkish tint. Be sure to cook the farro until tender, or else the salad will be chewy.
- 3 beets with greens, beets roasted & stems washed and rinsed in 2 changes of water
- 1 cup cracked farro, soaked for one hour in water to cover and drained
- salt, preferably kosher salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil (may substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons walnut oil for 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil)
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts (broken pieces) (optional)
- 2 ounces feta (more if desired for garnish) or 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (more if desired for garnish)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1⁄4 cup fresh tarragon or 1⁄4 cup fresh marjoram or 1⁄4 cup chives or 1⁄4 cup mint
- 1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Fill a bowl with ice water. When the water comes to a boil, add salt to taste and the greens. Blanch for two minutes, and transfer to the ice water. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop coarsely and set aside.
- 2. Bring the water back to a boil, and add the farro. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the farro is tender. Remove from the heat and allow the grains to swell in the cooking water for 10 minutes, then drain.
- 3. While the farro is cooking, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the vinegars, salt, garlic and mustard. Whisk in the oil(s). Add to the farro. Peel and dice the beets and add, along with the beet greens, feta or goat cheese, herbs and walnuts. Toss together, and serve warm or room temperature with a little more cheese sprinkled over the top if you wish.