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Warm Winter Farro Salad Recipe

Country of Origin: US
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Main Ingredient: Farro
Additional Features:


  • 1 1/2 cups farro
  • 1 lb. carrots
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + more for roasting carrots
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outer layer of skin from the carrots. Cut them into small pieces, about 1/2 inch wide
  2. Spread out carrots on a prepared baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 30-45 minutes, or until fork tender. Check on them halfway through, tossing so that carrots are roasted evenly.
  3. Meanwhile, dice the onion and saute in olive oil until lightly browned. Add in balsamic vinegar and continue to saute on medium until caramelized.
  4. Slice mushrooms in half and add in to the onions. Add in the butter if the pan is getting dry. Cook until lightly browned. Set aside.
  5. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add in farro. You should be able to cook it like rice, until all water evaporates. Once farro has sprouted (this should take about 10 minutes), drain out any excess water and set aside.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Tear kale off the stem and add to water. Cook for about 30 seconds to one minute. Then, drain and immediately put in a bowl of ice water. Shocking it will stop the cooking process and keep the kale a brighter green.
  7. Squeeze the kale with your hands to remove all excess water. If you have a salad spinner you can use it for this. Pat dry with paper towels.
  8. Remove carrots from oven. In a large bowl, combine carrots, farro, kale, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Toss with creamy basil dressing, and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Serve immediately warm, or allow to cool and serve on top of lettuce with additional dressing.