Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mediterranean Farro Salad

So I needed to get on the bandwagon and try out the this new but "ancient grain"; called farro.  It's supposed to be the most "ancient of grains," the original, the healthiest.  Heaven knows I love grains.  So, I searched high and low for the product that didn't cost a zillion dollars per serving.

Let's face it.  I always, but always, try and feed my family the most healthiest (with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure of course) of diets.  But, I say; "BUT" I certainly am not going to break the bank to do so.

After finding the ancient said farro at my local Aldi store at the quarter of the price?  I so needed to try it out.  I am here to tell you...

I will be making this MORE OFTEN!  It was totally delicious! You can toss the farro in any way you want; I, of course, went the Mediterranean way! Bursting with Mediterranean, Greek, flavors, this salad is both nutty and delicious! Perfect for picnics and or potlucks! Absolute perfection I say!  No need for refrigeration as you can see, nothing is perishable, no mayo, or sour cream, etc.  You can add the feta cheese after if you want for this salad. I mean we need the feta cheese, right?  Right!

Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go;

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 - 30 minutes
Yield: 6 - 1 cup servings

2 cups farro Grain
4 Cups Water
4 scallions, (green onions, diced fine)
2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1-1/2 radishes, scrubbed and diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2 cups Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large lemon, (or 2 medium lemons), zested and juiced
3 tbsp fresh oregano or 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp fresh parsley, diced
1 large garlic clove, diced fine
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

-Boil farro according to directions and drain, set aside.

-Prep all the fresh ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

-When farro is boiled and drained add to a medium size bowl with the prepped vegetables. Fluff, using a fork.

-In a small bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, zest, salt & pepper.  Beat vigorously to incorporate and emulsify.

-Drizzle the dressing over the farro salad and mix till thoroughly incorporated. 

-Let's toss and then add in that amazing feta cheese if using shall we?

-Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.

I served this amazing salad with grilled Portabello mushroom's and made it totally vegetarian.  Much to my hubby's dismay!  
He did enjoy it though in all honesty, especially with the crusty bread I served it with.  He made a sandwich with the mushrooms, but of course he did, and then enjoyed the salad by itself.  Yes, yes, hubby eats one thing at a time.  Much to my dismay!

So, if you are looking for an easy, delicious, and healthy for you and your family salad, look no further...

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

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