Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

Farro Salad

Serves 8

  • 400 g farro or bulgar wheat

  • 3 yellow courgettes, halved lengthways and deseeded

  • 2 green courgettes, halved lengthways and deseeded

  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and thickly sliced, herby tops reserved

  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 2 red peppers, halved, deseeded and cut into chunks

  • 2 aubergines, cut into chunks

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • herb or white wine vinegar

  • 1 good bunch fresh herbs (flat-leaf parsley, basil, mint, oregano)

  • 1 squeeze lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Soak the farro or bulgar wheat in cold water for 20 minutes, then drain. Slice the courgettes across into chunky half-moons and put them into a large roasting tray. Add the remaining vegetables and the garlic cloves and toss together with a good splash of olive oil. Season with pepper and a tiny pinch of salt. Try to spread the vegetables out in one layer, as they'll roast better this way (use 2 trays if you have to). Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the trays and carefully shaking them now and then, until the vegetables are cooked through and crisp around the edges. Sprinkle a little vinegar over the vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven and set aside to cool. When cool, tip on to a large chopping board, add the fresh herbs and chop finely.



Place the farro or bulgar wheat in a large saucepan, cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender, and drain well. Dress with olive oil and the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and toss with the roasted herby vegetables. Scatter over the reserved fennel tops and serve.

Nutritional Information

Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

Italian-style nutty grain tossed with herby veggies

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I love this with chewy, nutty farro but this works with couscous, pearl barley or even rice too
Serves 8
1h 20m (plus soaking and cooling time)
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Farro is a grain similar to pearl barley, but it's dried in such a way that instead of being fluffy and spongy it becomes chewy and nutty. You may have difficulty getting hold of it, but if you can find it you'll be using it all the time – it has an unusual flavour half-way between rice and couscous (this recipe will also work well with both of these). In Italy it was a major food for the ancient Romans, who used it to make bread, porridge and soup before they got hold of wheat. Nowadays it's used in salads, soups, stews, even pastas. You should be able to buy farro in good Italian delis, and supermarkets have started to stock it in the special selection aisles. Here's a recipe for one of my fave salads – give it a go.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Soak the farro or bulgar wheat in cold water for 20 minutes, then drain. Slice the courgettes across into chunky half-moons and put them into a large roasting tray. Add the remaining vegetables and the garlic cloves and toss together with a good splash of olive oil. Season with pepper and a tiny pinch of salt. Try to spread the vegetables out in one layer, as they'll roast better this way (use 2 trays if you have to). Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the trays and carefully shaking them now and then, until the vegetables are cooked through and crisp around the edges. Sprinkle a little vinegar over the vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven and set aside to cool. When cool, tip on to a large chopping board, add the fresh herbs and chop finely.

Place the farro or bulgar wheat in a large saucepan, cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender, and drain well. Dress with olive oil and the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and toss with the roasted herby vegetables. Scatter over the reserved fennel tops and serve.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

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Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 156
    8%
  • Carbs 21.8g
    8%
  • Sugar 6.0g 7%
  • Fat 3.6g 5%
  • Saturates 0.6g 3%
  • Protein 6.3g 14%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 400 g farro or bulgar wheat

  • 3 yellow courgettes, halved lengthways and deseeded

  • 2 green courgettes, halved lengthways and deseeded

  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and thickly sliced, herby tops reserved

  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 2 red peppers, halved, deseeded and cut into chunks

  • 2 aubergines, cut into chunks

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • herb or white wine vinegar

  • 1 good bunch fresh herbs (flat-leaf parsley, basil, mint, oregano)

  • 1 squeeze lemon juice