• Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Summer Farro Salad Recipe


1 pound organic wholegrain farro (emmer or spelt) 

6 cups water

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/4 cup of robust extra virgin olive oil 

2 Tablespoons flavorful sweet vinegar

2 garlic cloves - minced

sea salt and freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper to taste

6 ripe tomatoes - seeded and diced 

1 cucumber - seeded and diced 

1 yellow and/or orange bell pepper - seeded and diced

6-8 basil leaves - rolled and cut into ribbons 

Sea Salt and freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper pepper to taste 


Summer Farro Salad Recipe

This is one of the simplest recipes you can make, and because it's so simple, the quality and flavor of the ingredients - especially the vinegar and olive oil - are important. Select a good-flavored artisan vinegar and a tasty Tuscan or Sicilian olive oil, and you can't go wrong.

This salad is a twist on a classic Italian recipe, with added color as homage to summer. Add small cubes of feta cheese or tuna or white beans to give it a protein boost if you like.

It makes a wonderful side dish served hot or cold, or prepare it in advance and take it on your next picnic as a healthy and tasty alternative to potato salad. Also perfect as leftovers, as the flavors blend so nicely after it sits in the fridge overnight.

In fact, this recipe is so good the next day, I always make the full recipe no matter how many I am serving - just so I can have leftovers.

A bright and delicious salad using this ancient of grains - emmer or spelt.

1. Place emmer/farro in a cooking pot, cover with cold water, and add sea salt.

2. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then turn heat down to low and let farro simmer for 40-50 minutes.

If you like your farro chewy (like me), then 40 minutes should do. If you like it softer, then simmer an extra 5-10 minutes.

3. Drain farro and let cool while our finish preparing your veggies.

4. Add vegetables and toss well.

5. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat in a small frying pan.

6. Add minced garlic and warm for 1-2 minutes. Long enough to bring out the garlic flavor, but don't to brown the garlic.

7. Remove oil and garlic from heat and place in small mixing bowl. Add remaining oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk well, and pour over farro. Toss together and either serve immediately, or place salad covered in the fridge over night and serve cold.

serves 10-12