BM# 68-Cooking Carnival: Day 5
Theme of the Week 2: Whole Grains in Salads
Dish: Farro, Chickpea & Feta Salad
Farro aka emmer in some parts of the world, is a type of ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years. Nowadays, it is mostly used in Mediterranean, Ethiopian and Middle Eastern cuisines, where it has a very long history. But it is slowly staging a comeback as a gourmet specialty in parts of Italy and also in the US.
Farro looks very similar to wheat berries — it is a light brown grain with a visible bran. It is packed with fiber, vitamin B, zinc, iron and even a good dose of protein.I bought a small bag of ‘10 minute Farro‘ from Trader Joe’s, where the grains are pre-cooked, so all I had to do was boil for 10 minutes to cook it. But regular farro takes about 25~35 minutes to cook. Even after cooking, the grains are soft, but still crunchy.
This salad is easy to put together and is hearty, filling and delicious. It is great to pack for lunch or picnics.