Farro is one of my favorite grains. It’s fast, easy and has a great flavor. Somewhere between brown rice and barley. It’s got a fabulous texture and pairs well with anything you want to throw at it. My kind of easy-going side dish!
Here I’ve made a farro salad mixed with zucchini, yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes and green onions. Very colorful, very fresh and very tasty!
This salad goes great as a side for grilled chicken or meat, grilled or baked fish. I particularly love it with crunchy Parmesan baked chicken. You could also make this a full meal if you top the salad with some cooked chicken or shrimp.
I typically make and serve this right away, nice and warm, but I also love to eat any leftovers for lunch the following day, straight from the fridge. I suppose I could reheat it, but it’s so tasty and I’m so impatient, I just dive right in with a fork.
Broaden your horizons and give this easy farro dish a try. (And be sure to check out my simple farro salad.)
- 8-oz. package quick-cook farro (or about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided
- 1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
- 1 zucchini, small diced
- 1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 green onions, light green and green parts, sliced thin
- Cook farro according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, chop veggies and heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add bell pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add zucchini and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute veggies for an additional 5 minutes, until tender.
- Add tomatoes and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Transfer farro to a bowl and top with veggies. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with chopped green onions and serve!
Leftovers are great for lunch the next day!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 272mg Carbohydrates: 54g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g