From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
Stand out at the next neighborhood cookout or family reunion with this unique whole-grain side dish made with farro. Also known as emmer wheat, farro is an ancient Italian grain with a dense, chewy and nutty flavor that pairs well with an array of in-season vegetables and herbs. A light, refreshing dressing of lemon juice and olive oil keeps it heart-healthy. If you can’t find farro, substitute it with wheat berries or barley (not spelt).
Makes about 10 servings (3/4 cup each)
Ingredients5 cups cooked farro*1 10-ounce container grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise (about 1 1/2 cups)1 3/4 cups seeded and diced cucumber3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley3 tablespoons finely chopped mint5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice2 1/2 teaspoons finely minced lemon zest2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1/2 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 cup dry farro yields about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups cooked.
Directions1. Add 6 to 8 cups of water to a large stock pot. Bring it to a boil.
2. Add 2 to 3 cups farro and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until it’s al dente. (It will be slightly chewy.)
3. Drain the water from the pot.
4. Combine the farro with all other ingredients in a large bowl and toss to blend.
5. Serve at room temperature or refrigerated.
Nutrition information (per serving)188 calories7 g protein32 g carbohydrates3.5 g fat (0 g saturated)0 mg cholesterol127 mg sodium112 mg potassium10 mg calcium0.3 mg iron365 IU vitamin A10 mg vitamin C4.5 g fiber
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