This Farro Salad with Spinach and Pickled Shallots is the best! It’s the perfect compliment for Poached Salmon with Salsa Verde or just because. Don’t be afraid to change it up according to your whim. Sometimes I substitute arugula, cooked kale or chard for the spinach. Add shredded carrots, snap peas or radishes into the mix for variety. The sky is the limit.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Any leftovers are wonderful for lunch the next day….
Farro Salad with Spinach and Pickled Shallots
- 2 ½ Cups Semi-Pearled Farro rinsed
- 2 Shallots peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Bunch of Fresh Spinach Washed, de-stemmed and chopped
- 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Mint
- 1 Tablespoons of fresh parsley chopped
- 1 Lemon
- Sea salt sugar and pepper to taste
Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling,
add the farro and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Turn off
the heat. Thoroughly drain the cooked farro and return to the pot.
In a medium nonstick pan, heat 1 tablespoons of the olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the shallot; season with
salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until
softened. Add the red wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to one minute, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Taste and add a bit of sugar if needed. Transfer the shallot and liquid to the pot of cooked farro. Wipe out the pan.
Grate the lemon zest with a micro plane grater and juice the lemon.
Add the lemon juice, zest and the chopped spinach to the pot of cooked farro and pickled shallot. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Variation: Substitute 1 teaspoon of orange zest and juice in place of the lemon
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As always, I am most grateful for you, my community and will always do my best to serve you in introducing products that you will find the most useful, amazing, helpful, to keep you sane in the kitchen, at home and on the streets.