Saturday, February 24, 2024

Farro Salad with Sizzled Dressing

Farro – a lot extra fascinating and higher for you than pasta or rice! This farro salad is a stellar mixture: nutty farro, bursty tomatoes, spinach bits and smeary goats cheese or feta, doused in a garlic Sizzled Dressing with pops of coriander and cumin.

Overhead dish of Farro Salad

A Farro Salad value making!

It is a farro salad that was already nice earlier than the Sizzly Dressing. The farro is cooked with vinegar as a substitute of plain water (thanks for the tip New York Occasions Cooking!), making it scrumptious even earlier than the add-ins. The roasted tomatoes are on the sting of bursting. And there’s smeary goats cheese, that tangy, creamy cheese that may make all the things appear a little bit gourmand.

I might’ve simply drizzled with a fundamental lemon dressing, and it might nonetheless be scoff-worthy.

However! That scorching garlic-cumin-coriander dressing! Pops of toasted cumin and coriander with golden bits of garlic tossed by means of the farro simply make for a stellar flavour and textural mixture. 100% addictive. Easy however distinctive. Very Ottolenghi vibes.

I’m utterly besotted. (With the salad. OK fantastic, perhaps a bit with Ottolenghi too.)

Bowl of Farro Salad

Right here’s a little bit have a look at the gamers in right this moment’s recipe – a pot of vinegar cooked farro (it’s so good!) and bursty tomatoes….

…..and that sizzly dressing and smeary goats cheese…… (or Danish feta)

It’s a magical mixture!

Close up scooping up Farro Salad

What you want for this Farro Salad

Right here’s what it’s essential to make this farro salad. First up, the key ingredient: farro! (I do know, I’m hilarious 😂).


Consider farro as a extra nutritious, tastier different to white rice and pasta. Or – like quinoa, besides it doesn’t get caught in your tooth. It’s a complete grain that’s obtained a beautiful nutty flavour, and an amazing meaty chew that makes it so satisfying to eat. Plus, it’s nutrient and fibre wealthy.

*Replace: We’ve made this recipe utilizing pearl barley too! Nice different.*


Discover it in complete meals shops, contemporary produce shops and delis. The packet pictured above is from Harris Farms (I’m in Sydney, Australia), $7 for 500g / 1 lb (we use 210g / 7oz).

Farro sort – I take advantage of complete farro, the usual bought in Australia. Farro additionally comes pearled (outer layer eliminated) and semi-pearled (some eliminated), however these aren’t so widespread in Australia (to my information). Entire farro has nothing eliminated, and is the chewiest, most flavourful and nutritious.

Substitute with pearl barley. Related nutty flavour though it’s barely softer. Instructions in recipe notes!

The best way to cook dinner it – Boil in liquid like pasta! Entire farro takes 40 minutes. Pearled takes ~quarter-hour, and semi-pearled ~half-hour. As a result of pearling isn’t standardised, the precise instances will differ. Simply style to verify.

vinegar to cook dinner the farro

As talked about on the prime of the submit, the farro on this recipe is cooked in a mix of water and vinegar. An incredible cooking methodology I attempted and love on this Farro Salad recipe from New York Occasions Cooking. Utilizing vinegar infuses with tangy flavour, making the farro tasty in its personal proper. Have a nibble and also you’ll see!

The add-ins

Not that many! The magic on this recipe is all in regards to the cooking methodology for the farro and the scorching garlic-cumin-coriander dressing. 🙂

Farro Salad ingredients
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes – Roasted for simply 8 minutes at a comparatively excessive temperature concurrently the farro (useful!) in order that they grow to be a little bit bit wrinkly however nonetheless holding collectively. Some burstage will occur once you toss them by means of the salad and that is inspired because the juice kinds a part of the dressing.

  • Goats cheese or Danish feta – Smeary, tangy, creamy goodness, the proper completion.

  • Eschalot  – Known as “shallots” within the US, also called French onions. They appear like child onions, however are finer and sweeter than common onions in order that they type of meld into the salad higher. Substitute with finely sliced purple onion.

  • Child spinach – I like a little bit of inexperienced leafage tossed by means of right here and child spinach is my alternative. Rocket/arugula would additionally work properly. Crispy greens like iceberg, cos/romaine in all probability gained’t maintain up in addition to they have a tendency to wilt extra simply. But when that’s all I had, it wouldn’t cease me from making this!

The scorching garlic-coriander-cumin dressing

Channeling my Ottolenghi inside, impressed by this inexperienced bean salad of his, coriander and cumin seeds are sizzled with an excellent quantity of garlic in olive oil and poured sizzling over the eschallots on prime of the farro which makes them cook dinner barely.

There’s no vinegar on this dressing as a result of the farro will get cooked in vinegar which is all of the tang we’d like.

Farro Salad ingredients
  • Coriander and cumin seeds – toasted complete in olive oil, they add probably the most unimaginable pops of flavour on this Farro Salad! They preserve issues fascinating. 🙂

  • Garlic – Finely minced, sautéed till golden.

  • Olive oil – Use additional virgin for higher flavour.

The best way to make Farro Salad with Sizzled Dressing

There’s just a few parts to this salad however they’re low effort and low upkeep steps. And I wouldn’t ask you to do them if it wasn’t value it!

Toasting / roasting

  1. Toast farro & roast tomatoes on the similar time. Unfold the farro on a tray, toss the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper then put them within the oven. They may each take 8 minutes in a 200°C/400°F (180°C fan). Sure, I do know 8 minutes is an oddly exact time. However actually, at 10 minutes, the farro could be very effectively toasted and the tomatoes are very wrinkly. 8 minutes is ideal! 🙂

    PS Toasting the farro provides it additional nutty flavour and provides it a beautiful heat brown color. I do that for quinoa too. Easy, and so value it!

  2. Bursty tomatoes – Go away the tomatoes on the tray and allow them to cool whilst you get on with the recipe.

  1. Pour the toasted farro right into a medium saucepan.

  2. Quickly simer the toasted farro in water, vinegar and salt for 40 minutes. No have to stir.

  3. Cooked farro – The precise cooking time of farro can range relying on how outdated the farro is. Older = more durable = longer cooking time and extra water. So simply style to verify. Raw farro is rock laborious. Cooked farro ought to have an excellent chew to it however not have a tough centre. Overcooked farro will probably be mushy and unsightly. Let’s not go there.

    In case your farro remains to be too laborious to your style as soon as the liquid is absorbed, simply add extra water and preserve cooking. It’s very forgiving to cook dinner. You possibly can by no means try this with rice!

    Drain off any extra liquid. For the farro I take advantage of, 3 cups liquid and 1 cup farro = practically no liquid left.

  4. Put the farro in a big bowl then pile the eschalots on prime. Go away it to chill for 10 minutes or so, or you possibly can let it absolutely cool. This salad is nice served barely heat or at room temp.

Scorching dressing

  1. Scorching dressing – Warmth the oil in a small pan then toast the cumin and coriander for round 30 seconds or till it smells superb. Then add the garlic and sauté that for an additional 30 seconds or so till gentle golden and – you guessed it – smells superb!

  1. Instantly pour the scorching oil over the eschallots on the farro. The recent oil will partially cook dinner the eschallots and make them wilt a bit.

    PS You gained’t want to fret about oil spitting and splattering. I actually wished a dramatic sizzle throughout this step but it surely’s not dramatic in any respect.

  1. Toss the faro effectively to combine the dressing by means of.

  2. Add spinach then toss briefly to combine by means of.

  3. Gently switch the tomatoes in. Deal with with care – they’re delicate and bursty, therefore the title!

  4. Then gently combine the tomatoes by means of. Some tomato burstage is inspired – it kinds a part of the “dressing” – however we don’t need all of them to show into full mush.

    Now, it’s time to plate up!


For any salad with goats cheese or feta that goes smeary when tossed by means of salads, I want to assemble the salad by layering it. However that’s simply me! You possibly can simply combine the goats cheese by means of in case you want.

I’ve performed three layers right here. So – put one-third of the farro salad in a shallow bowl, prime with one-third goats cheese. Repeat twice extra. End with a sleek of additional virgin olive oil if desired!

How to make Farro Salad
Close up of Farro Salad

YUM. How good does that look!

If that photograph doesn’t get you enthusiastic about making an attempt this Farro Salad, do it for the Sizzled Dressing. As a result of in case you haven’t tried a salad made with complete toasted coriander and/or cumin seeds earlier than (like this one or this one), you’re lacking out! – Nagi x

PS That is an wonderful salad for taking locations, not solely as a result of it’s one thing totally different that can impress but additionally as a result of it’s obtained wonderful shelf life. No worries about wilting fragile leafy greens right here! Make forward and transportability notes are within the recipe card under.

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Overhead dish of Farro Salad

Farro Salad with Sizzled Garlic Dressing

Servings4 – 8

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. Farro is a lot extra fascinating than pasta or rice! This salad has stellar flavour and texture: nutty farro, juicy burst cherry tomatoes, spinach bits and smeary goats cheese or feta, doused in an addictive sizzling garlic olive oil dressing with pops of coriander and cumin. You may love how we cook dinner the farro – it is scrumptious much more you add all the things else. Serves 4 as a meal, 8 as a aspect. Wonderful shelf life and sensible for taking to gatherings – see notes.


Scorching garlic cumin dressing:


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan).

  • Roast tomatoes and toast farro – Toss tomatoes on a tray with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Unfold farro on a separate tray. Put each within the oven, farro on the highest shelf, tomatoes beneath. Bake for 8 minutes, shaking the trays midway. The farro needs to be browned with a nutty flavour, the tomatoes needs to be a bit wrinkly however nonetheless holding their form.

  • Cool tomatoes on the tray whilst you prep all the things else.

  • Cook dinner farro (Word 1) – Put the toasted farro in a saucepan with the vinegar, water and salt. Convey to a boil over excessive warmth then cut back to medium so it’s simmering. Put the lid on then simmer for 40 – 45 minutes or till all/many of the liquid is absorbed and the farro is prepared. It ought to nonetheless have a chew to it (not smooth like pasta) however not laborious centre. Add extra water if wanted, and preserve cooking – do not be afraid to cook dinner it softer in order for you.Drain off extra liquid, if there may be some, then switch to a big bowl.

  • Pile eschallots on prime. Let farro cool to room temp.

  • Scorching garlic cumin dressing – Warmth oil in a small pan over medium low warmth. Add coriander and cumin, cook dinner for 30 seconds till gentle golden and you may odor it. Add garlic and cook dinner for 30 seconds till gentle golden.

  • Assembling – Instantly pour sizzling oil over eschallots so it semi-cooks it. Toss. Add spinach, toss. Add tomatoes, gently stir by means of (some tomato collapsing is inspired). Pour 1/3 right into a serving bowl, crumble over 1/3 goats cheese. Repeat twice extra, ending with goats cheese. Eat!

Recipe Notes:

1. Farro – Bought dried, discover it in complete meals shops, contemporary produce shops and delis. I obtained mine from Harris Farms (I’m in Sydney, Australia), $7 for 500g / 1 lb (we use 210g / 7oz).
Entire farro is what I take advantage of, chewiest and has one of the best nutty flavour. Customary in Australia. Farro additionally comes pearled (outer layer utterly eliminated) and semi-pearled (partially eliminated) that are softer and cook dinner sooner. Pearled ~15 min, semi-pearled 30 min. Style to verify, drain extra water.
Cooking ideas – Simmer energetically else it is going to take ages to cook dinner. Precise cook dinner time and liquid absorption will rely upon the age. Older = takes longer. Begin checking at 35 minutes. Cooked farro remains to be fairly agency, a lot firmer than pasta, however you don’t desire a laborious centre. Simply cook dinner to your style – add water and preserve cooking till you prefer it – and when performed drain extra liquid.
Substitute with pearl barley, related nutty flavour however is barely softer. Takes 35 minutes, could have a little bit extra water to empty off. Greatest to unfold out on tray to chill (will get a little bit softer than excellent if cooled in a bowl).
2. Vinegar – Can use different varieties however be certain that it’s not as harsh as common white vinegar. White wine, purple wine, champagne and sherry vinegar will all work nice. Balsamic will stain the farro.
3. Eschalot (US: shallots) – The small onions, finer and sweeter than common onions in order that they meld into the salad higher. Substitute with 1/4 purple onion very finely sliced.
4. Goats Cheese – The creamiest of this sort so it type of smears by means of the salad and turns into a part of the dressing. Danish feta is a detailed second. Greek feta can be used, simply crumble all of it by means of.
5. Storage / making forward – Assembled salad nice for 3 days within the fridge. Wonderful one for taking locations as a result of farro doesn’t wilt and fade like leafy greens. Make the recent dressing, cool, then put in a jar and preserve within the fridge. When you promise to toss fastidiously, you possibly can put the farro in a container with the eschallots, tomato and spinach on prime. Then, douse with cooled dressing, toss gently (you promised to be additional cautious!). End with goats cheese.
Vitamin per serving, assuming 4 servings.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 367cal (18%)Carbohydrates: 46g (15%)Protein: 10g (20%)Fats: 16g (25%)Saturated Fats: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gLdl cholesterol: 9mg (3%)Sodium: 822mg (36%)Potassium: 488mg (14%)Fiber: 10g (42%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 1108IU (22%)Vitamin C: 16mg (19%)Calcium: 83mg (8%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

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Tea towel licking (ie smears of tasty meals). Cute. However annoying. (She says, as she throws the tea towel into the soiled laundry and will get yet one more clear one, and tries to scold him however all people is aware of she thinks it’s lovable.)

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