Springtime Farro Salad
Spring vegetables – asparagus, peas, artichokes and scallions – are the stars in this farro salad, but it gets some added color and flavor from the red peppers and a little more texture from the hazelnuts too. It’s the kind of salad that’s really easy to make ahead of time, so it’s perfect for taking to a large gathering, as I did with this one yesterday when my Italian chit-chat group held its annual picnic.
Springtime Farro Salad
printable recipe here
2 1/4 cups farro
7 cups water
1 bunch asparagus (about 1 1/2 cups, cut up)
1 cup snap peas, cut in pieces
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup frozen lima beans, cooked
7 oz. jar red peppers, cut into pieces
1/2 cup scallions, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup parsley,minceed
1/2 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Kosher or sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. honey
Cook the farro in the water for about 15 minutes or until cooked. It should have some “bite” to it.
Drain excess water and let the farro cool. Cut the asparagus and snap peas into large pieces. In a pot of boiling, salted water, drop the lima beans and cook for five minutes. After the five minutes are up, drop the asparagus and snap peas into the water. Cook for about one or two minutes, then drain all the vegetables and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain the artichoke hearts and rinse in cold water. Drain the red peppers and cut into chunks.
Mix the farro with all the vegetables, the parsley and the hazelnuts.
Mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Pour the dressing over all and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste.
A beautiful and delicious salad! What a great combination.
un'insalata sana e gustosa, molto primaverile, buona settimana Linda !
I love this salad, perfect for a picnic, great combinations. I could eat this all week for lunch!
Bella , fresca . colorata e ricca di sapore . Una vera delizia la tua insalata di farro. Un abbraccio, Daniela.
I can feel the healthy ingredients entering my tummy! Beautiful salad and I love the simple dressing — I really dislike the typical bottled "Italian" dressing that has that yucky after taste. Would be great for July 4th!!
What a great salad (and healthy, too)! Farro adds that perfect texture-love it!
Farro is such a versatile grain for salad dishes and the selection of vegetables you used is perfect. I have a Fall version using roasted butternut squash and a late summer using tomatoes, olives and celery. I look forward to trying Springtime Farro Salad soon.
What a lovely salad! I love using grans like farro and bulgar in salads too and the dressing sounds delicious with all of those beautiful, spring veggies.
Love dishes that are healthy, pretty *and* delicious!
This looks delicious, filling and so healthy, Linda! I know we'll all love it!
Mmmmm, such a healthy salad! I need to use farro more often, that's for sure! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the lemon caper sauce! I hope that your friends will too!
I'm all for a healthy salad and this one is for me! I really love salads, not just when I'm trying to lose a few! I'm so happy I found your blog!
What a beautiful salad!
Love asparagus, snap peas, artichoke, lima beans! Great combo! This looks delicious!
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