Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta

Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta
Will Budiaman


  • 1 Pound  pearled farro
  • 1 1/2 Cup  peas, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 Pound  red pearl onions, root ends trimmed
  • 1/4 Cup  plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup  lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup  crumbled feta
  • 1/2 Cup  chopped mint
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  finely chopped oregano

Despite its name, the Purple Pig serves fantastic vegetarian dishes like this lovely, light grain salad. Red pearl onions are worth seeking out here; they lend a wonderful sweetness and a beautiful purple hue to the combination of tender peas, creamy feta, and nutty, chewy farro.

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In a large saucepan, cover the farro with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderately low heat until the farro is al dente, about 25 minutes. Drain the farro and spread it out on a baking sheet to cool completely.

Meanwhile, bring a medium-sized saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook until tender, 3-5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peas to a sieve and cool under running water. Add the onions to the saucepan and blanch until the skins start to wrinkle, 1-2 minutes. Drain the onions and cool them under running water, then peel them.

Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, toss the onions with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the onions, tossing occasionally, until they are softened and charred in sports, about 8 minutes. Return the onions to the bowl and let them cool. Add the cooled farro, peas, lemon juice, and remaining olive oil. Fold in the feta, mint, and oregano, season the salad with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.


Calories per serving:

439 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber, Low Sodium Egg Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 96g 148%
  • Carbs 383g 128%
  • Saturated 23g 114%
  • Fiber 67g 270%
  • Sugars 58g
  • Monounsaturated 55g
  • Polyunsaturated 14g
  • Protein 93g 186%
  • Cholesterol 67mg 22%
  • Sodium 760mg 32%
  • Calcium 719mg 72%
  • Magnesium 763mg 191%
  • Potassium 2,963mg 85%
  • Iron 31mg 171%
  • Zinc 21mg 138%
  • Phosphorus 2,407mg 344%
  • Vitamin A 270µg 30%
  • Vitamin C 133mg 222%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 167%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 94%
  • Niacin (B3) 37mg 186%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 106%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 476µg 119%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 21%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 71%
  • Vitamin K 123µg 154%
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