Back in December of 2008, when my blog was just starting and there were very, very few readers, I posted a favorite salad recipe. I just put it together again and feel it needs repeating. This is very good and very healthy.
After a trip to Italy where we found "farro" on the menu a lot, I did some searching to find out more about this grain. It is very similar to "spelt" and often, in the US, you can find it by the name spelt.. I usually get a large bag of it when I am at Whole Foods. It looks sort of like barley, cooks the same way, and to me, smells like oatmeal while it is cooking.
Starting tomorrow, we will again be volunteering at Disney for the Children's Miracle Network Golf Classic which means we leave home before 6 a.m. and get home after 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. That means a quick, hearty, simple dinner will be necessary in the evening. I made a large batch of this salad as it "cures" nicely. I also used what was available in my refrigerator this morning, so most anything goes.
In salted water, boil farro for 40-45 minutes. Drain and let cool. In the meantime, dice into small pieces, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, spring onions, red bell pepper, and finely chop parsley. Mix with the cooled farro.
Make a vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, touch of honey and salt and pepper. Blend and mix into the salad. Enjoy.