Finally…A Farro Recipe {Farro Salad}

Why have we been neglecting farro for so long? I have been using it a lot recently because we can’t get enough of it’s chewy texture and nutty flavor. This dish here though, is the best reason to cook some up.
I promise, you won’t be mad at it.

Farro Salad with Apple, Parmesan, Arugula & Fried Shallots

Serves 4


1 cup whole-grain farro

2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 bay leaf

1 Large shallot, very thinly sliced

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

2 tsp. honey

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cup lightly packed arugula

1 apple, chopped

1/2 cup shaved fresh Parmesan

1/4 cup freshly chopped basil

1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped

In a medium saucepan, combine farro, vegetable broth, salt, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, until farro is tender and no broth remains, about 30 minutes. When farro is cooked, transfer to a large glass bowl to cool.

Meanwhile, make the fried shallots: in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine oil and shallots. When the shallots begin to sizzle, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove shallots from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt. Let oil cool.

Make the dressing: in a medium bowl, combine the cooled olive oil with vinegar, mustard, and honey and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble the salad: combine cooked farro, crispy shallots, arugula, apple, parmesan, basil, and pecans. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.

*Recipe adapted from Delish 

Tomato + Caramelized Onion Tart

I have made a few different versions of this tart. Sometimes I leave out the onions, sometimes I use goat cheese and once made it in a home made pie crust. Every time it’s delicious. Pretty sure you can’t go wrong with any of these ingredients.

Unfortunately we don’t have any tomatoes in our garden yet, so I succumbed to buying Heirlooms at the market. That just means I will have to make it again in the summer, right?


This tart accompanied many other amazing dishes at our Easter brunch. But it can be a stand alone with a salad on the side. Serves about 4 as a meal, 6 as a side dish.



4 medium Heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 medium sweet onion, sliced.

1 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. white wine

1 tsp Thyme

1 sheet puff pastry

Boursin cheese, as much as you want

Shredded or shaved parmesan

Basil, torn or cut

Kosher salt

Olive oil



If the puff pastry is frozen, lay it on the counter until soft to the touch, about 30 -40 minutes. Or defrost in refrigerator over night.

Layer a large plate or cutting board with paper towels. Lay tomato slices on a single layer on the prepared plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt, flip them over and repeat. Let them hang out and drain while preparing the onions.

Heat the butter and a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, add onions. Saute them for a few minutes and then add wine and thyme. Lower the heat and let them cook until golden brown, stirring every so often. About 20 minutes.

Heat oven to 425. Unfold puff pastry sheet on baking pan, lined with parchment or foil if that’s all you have. With a sharp knife lightly score a border (3/4 inch from the edge) around the entire pastry.

Spread on as much Boursin cheese as you want inside the border and then sprinkle with parmesan. Add the onions on top of cheese when they are good and caramelized. Add your tomatoes, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil, add more parmesan if you want and pop it into the oven for about 20-25 minutes or when the pastry is golden brown. Sprinkle with your basil and you are set to serve. Prepare to wow your guests!