Recipe: Farro Salad With Peas and Leeks

Recipe: Farro Salad With Peas and Leeks

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Emily Han
Jun 1, 2011

Composed of whole grains and seasonal vegetables and herbs, cool grain salads make a satisfying lunch, picnic, or side dish. We could probably subsist on them all spring and summer long! Here's a brilliantly fresh version with chewy farro, English peas, and sweet leeks, all tied together with a yogurt-lemon dressing.

Use fresh peas and tender baby leeks if available; otherwise, substitute frozen peas and a grown-up leek. The recipe also calls for tarragon, which has a subtle anise flavor that goes well with the peas and leeks. If you don't like tarragon, try fresh mint or thyme.

Farro Salad With Peas and Leeks

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 cup

    farro, soaked for one hour in water to cover and drained

  • 2 cups

    water

  • Salt

  • 2

    baby leeks (or 1 regular leek), white and light green parts only

  • 1 pound

    peas, shelled (or 1 cup frozen peas)

  • 3 tablespoons

    extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1/4 cup

    plain Greek-style yogurt

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    coarsely chopped tarragon leaves

Cook and cool farro: Combine farro, 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain farro and spread out on a baking sheet to cool.

Prepare leeks: Meanwhile, clean the leeks, slice them in half lengthwise, and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Sauté in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft.

Blanch peas: Have ready a bowl of ice water and a slotted spoon. Bring a pan of water to boil over high heat. Add a tablespoon of salt and the peas and boil just until bright green, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Quickly remove the peas with a slotted spoon and plunge them into the ice bath to cool.

Assemble salad: In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, yogurt, lemon juice, and a few cracks of black pepper. Add the farro, leeks, peas, and tarragon and toss to combine. Season to taste and serve immediately or keep covered in the refrigerator.

Related: 9 Fresh and Satisfying Grain Salads

(Images: Emily Ho)

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