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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

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013




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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

Nutrition Facts

about 3/4 cup
134 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 26g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 2.7g; fat 2g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 2.3mg; vitamin a iu 547.9IU; vitamin c 7.4mg; folate 9.8mcg; calcium 23mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 8.2mg; potassium 147.3mg; sodium 136.1mg.

1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable