Today, I’m bringing you a real treat using one of my favorite whole grains, a Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs.
The hubby and I fell in love with the simple goodness of farro in Italy, where they’ve been growing and eating farro for around 3,000 years. Maybe longer. Here in the US, farro has really just begun to find it’s way to our tables as it’s becoming trendy.
Farro is a type of ancient wheat that is just plain delicious. I could easily sit down and eat a bowl drizzled with olive oil and be in food heaven.
Farro can be a little hard to find in the grocery stores but it’s slowly gaining popularity, so you can expect to start seeing more of it as the trend takes off. Most of what is on the shelves in the US has been presoaked so cooking time is about 10 minutes instead of the 30 to 40 minutes it normally takes. I’ve found the longer cooking one on Amazon.
Barley makes a nice substitute for farro if you can’t find it or are avoiding wheat products. I use it interchangeably for either when I can’t find farro or want something different. The flavor does change because barley lacks the deep nutty flavor of farro. But it’s still very tasty and delicious.
The Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs is so simple and easy to make that I’m sure it’ll become a regular addition to your springtime table. It certainly has in our household. Hubby loves it and lists this salad as one of his favorites. I do know he requests it quite often, which brings no argument from me.
We eat Spring Farro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Herbs on its own as a complete meal but it also works well as a side dish. It also works well as a dish for a bbq or picnic since it can sit out without any worry. And you can take it on the go for lunch at work or a quick snack before or after the gym.
I’d be happy to hear your farro stories. Have you tried farro yet? If you haven’t I highly recommend giving it a taste. I have a feeling you’ll fall in love with it the way I did.