Mediterranean Farro Salad

by Renee on March 22, 2012

Mediterranean Farro Salad

What happens to a foodie at a market? They get inspired. At least that is what happens to me. Specialty markets, farmers markets, even Whole Foods Markets spark cravings each time I visit them. I see all the goods not found in my regular grocery store and the creativity begins.

Bulgarian feta cheese is to blame for this one. There I was at the cheese section in Whole Foods when the cheese guy asked if I needed some help. We started talking about cheese and he told me about their Bulgarian feta. Sold! My mind went into full gear. It had been too long since I made my Mediterranean Farro Salad. All I needed was some Greek olives, farro, grape tomatoes, and I had the rest at home.

Farro is a one of the best grains. It is a cholesterol-lowering and protein-packed powerhouse. One serving of it and your hunger is satisfied for a while. I really enjoy the nutty flavor and will eat it simply cooked plain as a snack. And how did the Bulgarian feta taste? It was the best one I have had so far with much more flavor than any other. It was a great choice for this salad.

Mediterranean Farro Salad is easy to put together. All you need is feta, olives, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Stir it all together with a simple red wine vinaigrette and you are done. Homemade salad dressings are so much better than store-bought. I make dressings often, as I did for my Greek, Pear and Stilton, and French Green Lentil salads.

Do you visit farmers or specialty markets? What is your favorite find? Local fresh produce. imported foods, spices, cheeses, and homemade foods like jellies and sauces are a few of the things on my list. Now that I have satisfied this craving it is time to move on to the next. Stay tuned!

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Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

    For the salad:
  • 2 cups uncooked farro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, chopped into cubes
  • 3/4 cup Greek or kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette
  • For the red wine vinaigrette:
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, chopped
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • Pinch of Sea or kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
For the salad:

Rinse the farro and place it and the salt in a 3-quart saucepan. Cover the farro with 2 to 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until tender (about 30 minutes). Drain and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, add farro, feta, olives, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, parsley, pepper, and 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette. Stir gently to combine. Add additional vinaigrette if desired. (Vinaigrette recipe makes 1 cup).

For the vinaigrette:

In a blender, add mustard, honey, garlic, shallot, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar. Blend/liquify ingredients. With the blender on low, slowly pour in the olive oil and blend until combined.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry March 22, 2012 at 3:10 am

This looks absolutely lovely. Renee! I must try farro! I love going to the farmers market for not only the asparagus and strawberries etc… they have the BEST tarts… of all kinds! Apple is my favourite. :-) I also like organic honey – they have a variety of flavours. Cinnamon honey is delish!

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Renee March 22, 2012 at 7:48 am

Thank Lyn! I also love to get local organic honey. There are a few strawberry farms near my house so I get my strawberries there. I cannot wait for strawberry season.

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rebecca March 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

love this need to try using more grains

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Renee March 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yes, I agree. We all can use more healthy grains instead of the over-processed white flour foods. Go grains!!

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TastefullyJulie March 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

Looks so good! I’ve been wanting to try farro, now I know what to make!

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Renee March 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks Julie! It is a great dish for someone wanting to try farro. Once you do, you will be hooked.

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Susan March 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

I love Bulgarian feta! I too have been know to make a dish solely on one item, so I know the feeling.

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Renee March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

It is a lot of fun to get inspired and make something from a fresh or new ingredient. I think it is one of the things that drives us foodies.

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Karriann March 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is exactly what I need! Thanks for the recipe. I’m sure this is going to be very tasty ;)

“Spice it Up”

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Renee March 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Karriann!

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amy @ fearless homemaker March 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

oh yum, this is sooo my type of dish. sounds wonderful!

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Renee March 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thanks Amy. It is so good I ate it for lunch for a few days.

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Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) March 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

what a lovely salad, it looks so delicious!

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Renee March 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Thank you!

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Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie March 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Salads are probably my favorite dinner food – in Germany we typically eat a light supper, and this sounds PERFECT for that. So LECKER! Oh, and not sure if you already saw it, but I just recently gave you the “Sunshine Award”. Just FYI. XOXO

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Renee March 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Thank you so much for the Sunshine Award Sofie!

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