Healthy & Vibrant Farro Salad with Red Bell Pepper Confetti - A Colorful Delight for Your Plate


Let's break down the Farro Salad with Red Bell Pepper Confetti into a simpler, more casual format. This dish is a fantastic blend of flavors, perfect for lunch or dinner. It's a hearty salad that's easy to make and packed with fresh ingredients. Here's how you can get it right:


- 2 ounces Bellucci extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

- 1 cup (6 ounces) farro, hulled

- 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

- ½ shallot, minced

- ½ small red onion, diced

- ½ red pepper, cored, seeded, and diced

- ½ yellow pepper, cored, seeded, and diced

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (about 8 tomatoes)

- 8 black olives, pitted and halved (about ¾ cup)

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

- ¼ teaspoon salt

- ¼ teaspoon pepper

- ¼ cup grated pecorino cheese

- 10 leaves basil, torn

Cooking Instructions:

1. Soak the Farro: Start by soaking the farro in cold water for 30 minutes. Once done, drain it.

2. Cook the Farro: Place the farro in a 3-quart pot, add the broth, and bring it to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the grain opens and you see the inner white. It should be al dente, meaning it has a slight bite. Drain the farro into a colander.

3. Sauté the Vegetables: Heat a medium sauté pan with Bellucci EVOO over medium heat. Add the shallots and red onion, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Then, add the peppers, tomatoes, olives, and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally. Let the vegetables cool.

4. Prepare the Salad: In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, Bellucci EVOO, salt, and pepper. Add the farro and mix gently. Then, add the cooled cooked vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese and basil. Keep the salad refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

This recipe is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of farro, along with a medley of fresh vegetables and a tangy dressing. Whether you're serving it as a side dish or a main course, you're sure to be impressed with its delicious flavors and easy preparation. Enjoy your homemade Farro Salad with Red Bell Pepper Confetti!