All the vegetables that go into this ratatouille salad get a touch of smoke from the grill, then are mixed with farro and black rice in this delicious ratatouille, black rice and farro salad recipe. Any black rice will work, but we like nutty-flavored, medium-grain Forbidden rice the best. This whole-grain rice is commonly available where other whole-grain rice is sold.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


Recipe Summary

1 hr 20 mins


Grilled Vegetables


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare grains: Combine farro, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the farro is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine rice, 1 1/3 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in another medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  • Drain any remaining liquid from the farro and rice; fluff with a fork. Spread out on a large baking sheet to cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is browned in spots, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook very gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes more. Add port (or water), increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the liquid sizzles away, 15 to 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.

  • To prepare vegetables: Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Whisk 1/2 cup oil, red-wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and fennel seeds in a large bowl.

  • Slice zucchini and eggplant lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices; cut onion into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Cut bell peppers lengthwise in quarters; remove seeds and stem. Core tomatoes and cut in half. Brush all the vegetables generously on both sides with 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette, leaving the remaining vinaigrette in the bowl.

  • Place about half the vegetables on the grill. Grill, turning once or twice, until softened and charred in spots, 5 to 10 minutes total. Remove to a large plate as they are done and grill the remaining vegetables.

  • To assemble: When cool enough to handle, peel the tomatoes and add to the bowl with the vinaigrette. Crush them with a spoon or your hand into a chunky sauce. Chop the other vegetables into bite-size pieces and add to the bowl; gently stir to combine. Add the farro, rice and onion mixture and gently stir to combine.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
286 calories; protein 5.9g; carbohydrates 36.7g; dietary fiber 6.4g; sugars 9g; fat 14.1g; saturated fat 1.9g; vitamin a iu 2259.2IU; vitamin c 80.9mg; folate 59.4mcg; calcium 45.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 32.7mg; potassium 546.2mg; sodium 479.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 1/2 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 fat