From food52: Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad

We love farro around here. As a side dish or the base of a hearty grain salad, it’s a staple in our pantry, so when I saw Jennifer Perillo’s recipe for Summer Farro Salad, a finalist in this week’s best fresh mozzarella recipe contest, I knew I’d have to try it.

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I’ve made similar farro salads before, but Jennie’s recipe includes some great little grace notes that make this dish sing: cooking the farro with aromatics infuses the grains with flavor, and the vinaigrette combines both sweet and tart flavors that marry really nicely with the other flavors in the dish. I thought the chopped olives were a particularly nice touch.

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Dinner: June 28, 2010

The mix of textures was probably what I loved the most – the soft mozzarella chunks playing against the tender bite of the farro and the pop of my little cherry tomatoes made for a really enjoyable dish. I’ll admit I was worried that the honey in the dressing would be just a little too much for my taste when I tasted it on its own, but every time I got a spoonful of the dressed salad loaded up with each element, I couldn’t believe how well balanced it all was. This is a delicious dish, great as last night’s dinner, and as today’s lunch. Thanks, Jennie!

3 thoughts on “From food52: Summer Farro Salad

  1. I noted this recipe a few days ago from food52 too and was looking forward to making it. I’m glad you reminded me about it. It just looks so chewy and summery. Seems like the mozzarella is a great ingredient in this. I’m looking forward to trying this in August when the tomatoes are ready. Great job!

  2. Jennifer, I’m always honored when you highlight one of my recipes. It’s an honor, and I love knowing I’ve shared a place at your dinner table from a distance.

  3. Jennifer Hess says:

    Tami – It’s really a wonderful dish, and I hope you enjoy it!

    Jennie – Thank you – it’s great to share a virtual meal with you, and hope we get a chance to raise a glass in person again soon :)

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