salad days: warm or cold farro salad with asian vinaigrette

warm or cold farro salad | everybody likes sandwiches

I’ve played around with farro before – throwing it into a root vegetable soup and a couple salads, but because my everyday market didn’t carry it, I only used it occasionally  But last year I moved out of Chinatown where farro was hard to come by and moved into an Italian neighbourhood where it’s always stocked at the small Italian grocery down the street. Having farro so close by makes it much, much easier to cook with and so I’ve been using it often. This salad, which I found from Molly at Orangette is the farro salad I make the most often.

warm or cold farro salad | everybody likes sandwiches

I love it because it’s a bit unusual. Of course, it’s got a distinct bite and chew from the hearty grain, but instead of an Italian style vinaigrette this version goes asian. I’ve used a mix of soy sauce and fish sauce and just used soy sauce and both ways are delicious. The dressing is a delicate balance between sweet and tart and spicy and it doesn’t contain any oil to weigh it down. The orignal recipe added in escarole and radicchio, but since I didn’t have either, I just went with paper-thin vegetables. Nothing fancy, just red peppers, carrots, cucumbers and green onions. The whole thing gets a sprinkling of feta (if you’re me) or you can skip it if you’re my husband or vegan. The feta was something I was a bit wary about since I didn’t think it would go with the fish sauce / soy sauce dressing, but it works, people, it works very well!

warm or cold farro salad | everybody likes sandwiches

If you’re having a hard time finding farro, check out heath food markets along with Italian grocers. I get mine at Bosa Foods in Vancouver, but I’ve also seen it at Whole Foods and the Gourmet Warehouse.

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warm or cold farro salad | everybody likes sandwiches

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9 comments to “salad days: warm or cold farro salad with asian vinaigrette”

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    Joanne   June 29, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I love farro but it’s so expensive here! I tend to use wheat berries in place of it but really should splurge on it more. Love that you paired it with Asian flavors!

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    hag   June 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    This looks like a perfect recipe for the hot days of summer. I would definitely add the feta to it. Great for picnics too!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   June 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m very late to the farro game. I think I may have tried it only once off of my husband’s dinner plate at a restaurant.

    The feta inclusion with the dressing sounds really really tasty.

    This salad may just give me the push I need to seek out farro next time I go for groceries.

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    Emma   June 30, 2013 at 2:07 am

    This looks delicious. Farro is such a great grain for salads- love the chewiness. Great idea on the asian-vinaigrette too :)

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    kickpleat   June 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Joanne, i don’t remember it being very expensive – maybe $4 for a large bag at the small Italian market, though I’m sure at WF or somewhere else it could be much more pricey. I haven’t tried wheat berries yet, so maybe I should. I’m sure it would be a good substitute!

    Hag, it is so perfect for hot days! Very refreshing and different.

    Bijoux, I think you’d really enjoy it….of course, with the feta (a much needed accessory!) Hope you can find it & if not, maybe we should do another mail swap :)

    Thanks Emma, it’s so good in salads!!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   June 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    kickpleat, it’s a plan! we are long overdue for a mail swap! :)

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    Michelle   July 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I’m so happy that you have the ‘pin it’ button now! I organize all my web recipes through Pinterest. It makes it so much easier to browse and find something good. I’ve never tried farro but I will have to make this salad if I can find any.

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    Sues   July 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I LOVE farro and think it must be absolutely delicious with an Asian vinaigrette!

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    kickpleat   July 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Yes, let’s do it!! I’ll send you an email this week :)

    Thanks Michelle, glad you’re able to use it.

    Thanks Sues, it’s really lovely, so I hope you can give it a try!

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