Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta

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

Will Budiaman

Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
46mg
15%
Carbohydrate, by difference
72g
55%
Protein
26g
57%
Vitamin A, RAE
50µg
7%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
122mg
12%
Choline, total
85mg
20%
Fiber, total dietary
14g
56%
Folate, total
60µg
15%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
88mg
28%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
386mg
55%
Selenium, Se
43µg
78%
Sodium, Na
744mg
50%
Water
101g
4%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Farro Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Farro Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.