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Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Once the cold weather is here, I tend to forget about salads. All I can think about are warming soups, stir fry dishes and sheet pan meals. But salads can be warm too! Grain salads can be, at least. Like this Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette.

What is Farro?

Farro is one of my favorite grains. Its a variety of wheat, and its nutritious, and delicious. Farro has a nutty flavor and is packed with protein and fiber. And it has a delightful chew that makes it feel really hearty.

Generally speaking, pearled farro is what grocery stores most commonly offer. So, thats what I used here. This is the brand I used. The term “pearled” just means that the husk has been removed. This does remove some of the nutrients, but it also reduced the cooking time by about half! Check your package just to be sure of what variety of farro you have purchased and adjust the farro cook time if needed.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette- You will want to pour this on everything!

How to Work with Fennel

If you have never worked with fennel before, don’t be intimidated! It looks wild, but its so good. It can be eaten raw, braised or roasted. To work with fennel, cut the tops off and set them aside. Quarter the bulb and cut the small core out. Then slice the quarters across into 1/4 inch pieces.

Close up of a bowl of Warm farro salad with a gold serving spoon
This salad is full of flavor, textures and colors.

With the tall offshoots, remove the fronds and reserve them. The fronds can (and should!) be used as an herb. They have sweet but light licorice flavor. And in this recipe, the fennel fronds are the perfect complement for the roasted fennel.

Close up of Warm farro salad on a tan plate with a gold fork
Perfect for lunch, or as a side with any autumn meal!

With the remaining tall shoots, you can make quick pickles out of them. Just make sure you really thinly slice them. The tops tend to be stringy.

This Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette is easy, flavorful and tastes great warm or cold! It makes a great side dish to any Autumn meal or perfect for meal prep for lunches!

Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinnaigrette

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

For the Farro

  • 1 Cup Farro, Rinsed
  • 6 Cups Water
  • Pinch Salt

For the Roasted Veg

  • 1 Medium Fennel Bulb, trimmed, quartered, cored and sliced about 1/4 inch thick Reserve the fronds!
  • 1 Large Red Beet, peeled, quartered and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 Medium Shallots, sliced about 1/4 inch thick save the remaining half for the dressing!
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 3 Small Cloves of garlic, unpeeled

For the Roasted Garlic Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar Or Champagne Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Medium Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Black Pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 Meduim Orange, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fennel Fronds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425* F.

For the roasted veg

  • Onto one half of a sheet tray, combine fennel and shallot and spread them out into a single later. Onto the other side of the sheet tray, spread the beet slices into a single layer. Drizzle each half with 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat, but keep the halves separate. Add the unpeeled garlic cloves onto the sheet tray and place into a 425* oven for 30 minutes or until the vegetables and the garlic cloves are soft.
  • Once the veggies are done, set aside the roasted garlic cloves for the dressing and add the veggies to a big bowl with the farro.

To cook the farro

  • Meanwhile, combine farro, water and a pinch of salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 20 minutes or until the farro is tender. Drain the excess water, add the farro into a large bowl with the vegetables and set aside.

For the Roasted Garlic Dressing

  • Peel the 3 roasted garlic cloves. Mash them well with a fork. Add vinegar, oil, dijon, salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Put the Salad Together

  • Pour the roasted garlic dressing into the bowl with the farro and vegetables.
  • Add the chopped fennel fronds, and sliced orange. Toss to combine and check for seasoning. Add a pinch more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve warm or cold.
Keyword Grain Salad, grains, meal prep, Sides

Let me know how you like this recipe!


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