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Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad

May/June 2013

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We love farro, a high-fiber whole grain, because it cooks in about 15 minutes and has an amazing toothsome texture perfect for grain salads. In this healthy farro salad recipe we combine it with smoky bacon, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil for an easy side dish or light lunch. Look for farro at natural-foods stores and gourmet food markets.


Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad Recipe

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro (see Tip) or quick-cooking barley
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

  1. Place farro (or barley) in a medium saucepan; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes for farro (about 10 minutes for barley). Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate; leave the fat in the pan. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Crumble or chop the bacon. Add to the bowl along with tomatoes, basil and the warm vinaigrette; gently stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Look for farro in the bulk section or near other grains in natural-foods stores.

Nutrition

Per serving: 134 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 2 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 149 mg sodium; 147 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable


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Recipe Categories

Main Ingredient
Pork
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Season
Spring
Summer
Holiday
Mother's Day
Type of Dish
Main dish, meat
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
6
Publication
May/June 2013
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