Here's a delicious and versatile recipe to add to your end of summer rotation: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and loads of basil are tossed with hearty and healthful farro to create a perfect pairing for any time of day.
I discovered farro by happy accident: I was testing recipes for a print publication and one of them just so happened to be a farro dish. I was unfamiliar with the ancient grain, but fell in love at first bite. Now it is a staple in my house — it can go from being a rich risotto to an all-purpose salad or side dish in the blink of an eye!
This is a really simple recipe that manages to pack in lots of flavor. It pairs equally well with fish, chicken, or pork, but it is also substantial enough to stand on its own. I love the soft crunchiness of the farro as well as its complex, nutty taste. To be honest, cucumber is not normally a favorite ingredient of mine, but in this salad it really works. Don't skimp on the basil either; it is what brings everything together in the end.
This salad is quite adaptable to your taste, and don't be afraid to use up ingredients in your fridge. Crumbled goat cheese or feta would be a nice addition, as would pickled shallots, onions, or corn. Any mix of herbs can work — think mint, Italian parsley, or even some dill.
Summer Farro Salad with Tomato , Cucumber & Basil
(Images: Nealey Dozier)