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Grilled Vegetable Farro Salad

Grilled Vegetable Farro Salad
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 15
  • Servings 6
This colorful vegetarian dish is perfect for a picnic.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked farro or pearled barley
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 lb fresh asparagus spears, cut in half
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, lightly packed

Directions

  • 1
    Rinse farro under cold water. In 2-quart saucepan, mix 2 1/2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add farro; heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain, if necessary, and set aside.
  • 2
    Heat coals or gas grill. Brush peppers, asparagus and tomatoes with olive oil. Place peppers and asparagus in grill basket or directly on grill rack. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 7 to 9 minutes, turning occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, adding tomatoes during last 4 minutes.
  • 3
    In small bowl, mix red wine vinegar, lemon juice, lemon peel, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
  • 4
    To serve, toss farro and spinach in 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Arrange farro on serving platter, and place grilled vegetables on top. Drizzle remaining dressing over vegetables.

  • The vegetables can be broiled instead of grilled. Turn oven control to broil. After tossing the vegetables with oil mixture, place on broiler pan; broil 4 to 6 inches from heat 8 to 12 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Farro is an ancient Tuscan grain similar to pearled barley or wheat berries. It has a chewy, nutty texture that goes great with grilled or roasted vegetables.
  • You can find farro in the grain aisle of some grocery stores, specialty stores or Italian markets.
  • Can’t find farro? Wheat berries or pearled barley can be used in place of the farro in this salad. Cook the grains as directed on package

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
25
Total Fat
3g
5%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
350mg
15%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
7g
29%
Sugars
4g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%
40%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • This colorful vegetarian dish is perfect for a picnic.
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