Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables

Image source: David Malosh for Food & Wine.

One of my daughters loves to cook and another loves to bake. The third’s in college so she gets a pass until she lives on her own–lol! My son, also a self-declared chef, tells me about the dishes he puts together. When I requested he make dinner for hubby and me, he said, “When I come home, you cook!”

Morgan, the one who whips up delicious, healthy meals, introduced us to farro. I love its texture and taste and the way it forms a healthy base for an endless variety of additions. Mixing with roasted veggies are my favorite way to dress up this grain.

“Crispy roasted root vegetables like parsnips and celery root add an earthy, caramelized depth to this simple grain salad made with tender, chewy farro. Resist the urge to stir the vegetables during cooking to help the them develop the most color,” says Maria Sinskey for Food & Wine, whose recipe is shared here.

Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water 
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste 
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked pearled farro (about 9 1/4 ounces) 
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups) 
  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled, cores removed and discarded, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups) 
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 2 cups) 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled celery root (about 3/4-inch piece) 
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus parsley leaves, for garnish 
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, plus more to taste 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste 

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F. Bring 3 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Stir in farro. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until farro is tender and water is mostly absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 10 minutes.

Step 2

While farro cooks, toss together carrots, parsnips, onion, celery root, 1/4 cup oil, and 2 teaspoons salt on a rimmed baking sheet; spread in an even layer. Roast in preheated oven until vegetables are tender and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 3

Drain any excess water from farro. Stir together farro, chopped parsley, vinegar, pepper, roasted vegetables and any residual oil from roasting pan, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. If chilled, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

Step 4

Just before serving, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Garnish with parsley leaves.

Tips

Farro and vegetables may be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days. Buy pearled farro for this recipe; it cooks more quickly than whole-grain.

Yield: 6-8 servings

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