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Farro, Corn, and Runner Bean Salad with Goat Cheese


Farro, Corn, and Runner Bean Salad with Goat Cheese

I'll make this dish on a summer day just to have it at the ready for lunch or dinner or an impromptu get-together. For a gorgeous presentation, I line the edge of a platter with sliced tomatoes and spoon the salad in the center.

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  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup farro
  • 3/4 Pounds runner beans or green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 2 Cups yellow corn kernels (from about 2 ears)
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh marjoram leaves, plus 2 teaspoons whole leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 Pound fresh goat cheese, crumbled


Bring a large saucepan 3/4 full of salted water to a boil. Add the farro and boil until just tender, 25-30 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Refill the saucepan ¾ full with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the beans and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water to cool. Drain again.

In a large serving bowl, combine the farro, green beans, corn, and scallions. In a small bowl, muddle together the olive oil, minced marjoram, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in the vinegar, garlic, and mustard.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then sprinkle with the goat cheese and marjoram leaves and serve.