Here’s a simple and yet immensely satisfying comfort food salad which is easy and quick to make and works all year round. Yesterday I ate it in front of the fire with a friend as we brainstormed for an exciting new project – fuel for the mind, body and soul!
As we head into February and leave January behind, with all the many posts on the internet about diets, healthy resolutions, exercise, juice fasts and cutting out entire food groups I was so pleased to get an invitation from the gorgeous Bumble Ward over at Miss Whistle to send her a recipe for her blog that people will actually love to make and eat. The recipes she has gathered are mouthwateringly delicious and I can’t wait to buy a copy of the book of all the recipes she has promised to publish.I sent this recipe for Farro Salad over as it’s made with one of my go to favorite comfort foods – farro.
Nancy Silverton makes the ultimate farro salad at Pizzeria Mozza (also available on the Mozza 2 Go menu) dripping in olive oil! Farro is surprisingly healthy and immensely satisfying. The great thing about farro is you can add whatever happens to be in your fridge – I found feta, tomatoes and cucumbers for a greek salad. You can even make it sweet with berries and maple syrup for breakfast.
I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s – they are great for lots of really delicious European items – think patisserie from France and salumi from Italy, chocolate from Switzerland and Feta from Greece. So imagine my delight when I found little bags of quick cook farro – farro in 10 minutes! Woo Hoo!
1/2 cup of farro
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 persian cucumbers
chopped mint (or any fresh herbs you have – oregano is also good)
4 oz French feta
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil (the best you can afford!)
makes enough for lunch for one easy to double or triple for more people
1. Cook the farro – Yesterday for lunch I cooked the farro in some chicken stock (left over at the bottom of the pot of homemade chicken noodle soup from the previous night) and water. Farro is one of those ingredients that takes on the flavor of whatever you choose to add to it.
2. Chop up baby tomatoes, cucumber and fresh herbs.
3. When the farro is cooked, drain and cool. Place in a bowl, add the tomatoes and cucumber. Crumble the feta on top, season and drizzle with lots of really good quality olive oil. ENJOY!