14 January 2012

farro salad

Pin It If you haven't heard it from me or Dr. Oz, you've probably heard somewhere that we all have way too many white starches in our diets.  White flour makes up an insane amount of what we eat: bread, pasta, baked goods, cereals... ahh!  It's endless.  We use these white starches because they are cheap and tasty (well, sort of...), but they aren't doing much for keeping us healthy.  Enter: whole grains!

No... whole grains don't mean cardboard hippie food.  They mean rounded nutrition and a fuller, healthier, and slimmer version of you.  Make it your resolution this year to cut out as many white foods as possible and replace them with their tastier counterparts, like this awesome farro salad!

Italian Farro Salad
2 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup farro
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 bunch parsley, chopped
2 small tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (or balsamic)
salt and pepper, to taste

Bring water, salt, and farro to boil.  Cover and reduce to simmer.  Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Take off of heat and drain excess water, if any.  Toss with garlic, onion, olive oil, and vinegar.  Finish by folding in parsley and tomatoes.

I ate this both warm and cold and both ways are awesome, but I think I prefer it cold better.  Kind of like Italian tebouleh!

*You can find farro in the bulk section or pasta aisle at any natural store and even in some specialty sections at your regular grocery chain.


  1. Brava Julia! And lovely photos. I am a big fan of farro and cook it all the time. Recently, I discovered Orzo Perlato. Awsome. You should try it, too. Versatile as farro. Different. Grazie!

  2. thanks for the tips, beatrice! i <3 whole grains!


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