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Farro (Barley) with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Posted by reeniek (291)
Category: Side Dishes
Subcategory: picnic, italian


Recipe Details:

Note: This is a great side dish inspired by Pomelo restaurant in San Francisco. It can also be great served cold for a casual picnic or bbq. We found Farro sold at Whole Foods - it is simply semi-pearled barley.

5 cups water
1 cup Farro (or semi-pearled barley)
1 tsp salt
about 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
about 1/3 cup frozen corn, rinsed and thawed
about 1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
about 4 tbsp green onions, chopped - white part only
about 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinager
about 5 tbsp olive oil
fresh pepper
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
sliced grilled steak, optional

In a medium saucepan, bring water, farro and 1 tsp salt to a boil, uncovered. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until farro is tender and water is absorbed, about 40-45 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, make the balsamic viniagrette. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, pinch of salt, pepper and sugar. Slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream and whisk continuously until emulsified.

Combine farro, balsamic viniagrette, tomatoes, corn, parsley and green onions. Toss gently. Serve, topped with grilled steak. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4-6

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