Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta

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Farro Salad with Spring Peas, Onions, and Feta
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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Ready in
45 m
6
Servings
438
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
25%
Sugar
10g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Protein
15g
31%
Carbs
64g
21%
Vitamin A
34µg
4%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.5%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
17.3%
Vitamin C
22mg
37%
Vitamin E
2mg
12%
Vitamin K
21µg
27%
Calcium
112mg
11%
Fiber
11g
44%
Folate (food)
74µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
74µg
18%
Iron
4mg
24%
Magnesium
125mg
31%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
6mg
31%
Phosphorus
399mg
57%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
478mg
14%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.2%
Sodium
434mg
18%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
27.6%
Zinc
3mg
23%