Jeff’s Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

Have I mentioned lately how much I am loving farro?? It’s my new favorite thing! This recipe was really good! I did have a problem with the amount of water needed to cook the farro. It seemed like a LOT of water, so I ended up draining off a bunch. Not sure if that amount is a typo or not. I didn’t have pistachios so I ended up subbing chopped hazelnuts. They worked! My kids didn’t love this, but husband and I thought it was great. Note: I had this for lunch the next day and I added chopped avocado. Yum!

rating: 9.3

Jeff’s Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn
(Food Network Magazine, July/Aug. 2017)

serves 6-8
time needed: 55 min.



For the vinaigrette:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallot
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

6 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups farro
3 ears of corn, shucked
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil


Start by making the vinaigrette: In a bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, mustard and shallot; season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the salad, combine the cherry tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Set aside.

Preheat a grill to high. Fill a large saucepan with 1 1/2 quarts water; add 1 tablespoon salt and the vinegar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the farro and gently simmer until al dente, 15 to 20 minutes; drain well. While the farro is warm, immediately mix with about three-quarters of the vinaigrette (set aside the rest to punch up or remoisten the salad later if necessary).

While the farro is cooking, brush the corn with the vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on the hot grill, turning with tongs, until charred, 10 minutes. Cut off the kernels.

Stir the corn kernels, tomatoes, olives, pistachios and chives into the farro. Gently toss to combine; add more vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the basil.

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1 Response to Jeff’s Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

  1. Love this! I also love farro and this has inspired me to try it with charred corn. Yum

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