Make Ahead

Farro and Broiled Tomato Salad

May 19, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2 dinner portions; 4 sides
Author Notes

Workhorse salad. Great for lunch on the go, parties. My husband likes to take this salad to work. I am known to take nibbles throughout the day.

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup Farro
  • 2 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock (or water)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Mozzarella, I like the bocconcini mozzarella balls
  • 1 bunch Basil
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  • 3-4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  1. Prepare the farro. I soak mine in cold water for about 20 minutes before cooking. Combine the farro and 2 1/2 cups stock (or water). Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a good simmer. Put a lid on it and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the Farro is tender but not mushy. Rinse the farro in cold water to stop the cooking and set aside. The farro should be warm, but not hot.
  2. While the farro is simmering, broil the tomatoes. Turn the broiler on. Coat the tomatoes in one tablespoon of Olive Oil and place in a sided baking dish. Broil for 3-5 minutes, until the tomatoes are puckered and the skin starts to pull away from the meat.
  3. Combine the balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake to combine. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. This salad tastes better the longer it sits, and can keep in the fridge for several days.

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Dedicated locavore. I spend my weekends on the back roads (often lost!) looking for the best ingredients Ohio has to offer. I am often accompanied by my husband, Mr. Radar and our dog, Buddy. Born in West Virginia, raised in Michigan, I moved to Ohio for college and have lived there on and off since. I love to meet farmers and local producers. Cooking is an extension of this love. You can follow my move from government analyst to cottage industrialist and view the food I cook for my personal mad scientist on

4 Reviews

Lee L. June 20, 2013
What a great meal to kick start a new clean eating lifestyle. Made this last night with Trader Joe's 10 minute Farro. My first time trying Farro. It was really delicious.
Hilarybee June 20, 2013
Thank you. I'm glad you are enjoying it. You can always add spinach or baby lettuce to fill out the salad.
Hilarybee August 18, 2011
Thank you fairmount_market and sdebrango!
Fairmount_market August 14, 2011
This sounds delicious. Cherry tomatoes go so well with grains.