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Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

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Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

Italian-style nutty grain tossed with herby veggies

Italian-style nutty grain tossed with herby veggies

Serves 8

Cooks In1 hour 20 minutes plus soaking and cooling time

DifficultySuper easy

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 156 8%

  • Fat 3.6g 5%

  • Saturates 0.6g 3%

  • Sugars 6.0g 7%

  • Protein 6.3g 13%

  • Carbs 21.8g 8%

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 400 g farro or bulgar wheat
  • 3 yellow courgettes , halved lengthways and deseeded
  • 2 green courgettes , halved lengthways and deseeded
  • 2 bulbs fennel , trimmed and thickly sliced, herby tops reserved
  • 1 red onion , peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers , halved, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 aubergines , cut into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • herb or white wine vinegar
  • 1 good bunch fresh herbs (flat-leaf parsley, basil, mint, oregano)
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice

recipe adapted from

Jamie's Italy


  1. Farro is a grain similar to pearl barley, but it’s dried in such a way that instead of being fluffy and spongy it becomes chewy and nutty. You may have difficulty getting hold of it, but if you can find it you’ll be using it all the time – it has an unusual flavour half-way between rice and couscous (this recipe will also work well with both of these). In Italy it was a major food for the ancient Romans, who used it to make bread, porridge and soup before they got hold of wheat. Nowadays it’s used in salads, soups, stews, even pastas. You should be able to buy farro in good Italian delis, and supermarkets have started to stock it in the special selection aisles. Here’s a recipe for one of my fave salads – give it a go.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Soak the farro or bulgar wheat in cold water for 20 minutes, then drain. Slice the courgettes across into chunky half-moons and put them into a large roasting tray. Add the remaining vegetables and the garlic cloves and toss together with a good splash of olive oil. Season with pepper and a tiny pinch of salt. Try to spread the vegetables out in one layer, as they’ll roast better this way (use 2 trays if you have to). Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the trays and carefully shaking them now and then, until the vegetables are cooked through and crisp around the edges. Sprinkle a little vinegar over the vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven and set aside to cool. When cool, tip on to a large chopping board, add the fresh herbs and chop finely.
  3. Place the farro or bulgar wheat in a large saucepan, cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender, and drain well. Dress with olive oil and the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and toss with the roasted herby vegetables. Scatter over the reserved fennel tops and serve.

Watch the video: How to Make Farro Salad with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, and Tomatoes (July 2022).


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