Curious as to what Farro is?
It is a centuries old Italian spelt grain that like quinoa has recently regained popularity, it's nutty, somewhat crunchy, with a subtle round flavor. It is a great substitute for rice, couscous, quinoa, and pasta dishes. Good for you and filling, but not too heavy that it will weigh you down on a summer evening.
Easy to prepare, cook for approximately ten minutes with boiling salted water in a big sauce pot.
So what goes with this farro?
How about some fresh ripe diced heirloom tomatoes, Nicoise black olives, roasted salted almonds, fresh diced haricot verts, and some yellow pepper? Keeping everything raw here except of course the olives and almonds, because it is so fresh you want to taste the intricate flavor nuances of each veggie. Top with your homemade dressing, a simple EVOO-Balsamic-Dijon Mustard combo and then some cheese. I think some grated Midnight Moon would be perfect over the top of this.
Midnight Moon is a six month aged firm goat's milk cheese crafted by Cypress Grove out in California. It is nutty and buttery with a crisp cleanness to it due to the goat's milk. A perfect summertime grating cheese and it's also delish on it's own, so don't finish the entire piece before you put some in your farro salad.
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