With a similar taste and texture to barley, farro is another nutritious whole grain that has been around for thousands of years. Belonging to the family of ancient grains like quinoa, it has an oblong shape but is instead derived from wheat. It is sold dry and when it is cooked, the texture is chewy and much thicker than that of rice with a rich nutty flavor.

 

It is an excellent source of protein, iron, fiber, zinc and magnesium making it a healthy addition to any diet. It can be used to complement several dishes or enjoyed by itself. Here are a few delicious ways to add it into your repertoire.

 

  1. Added to Salads. Salads are undoubtedly an excellent go-to healthy option, but sometimes alone they aren’t filling enough. Mixing in a bit farro will not only add new flavor and texture to a dish, but it will also add protein, fiber and other important nutrients. It mixes particularly well with arugula, complementing its pungent flavor.
  2. Farro in place of pasta. Because of its nutritional value farro is a great substitute for carbohydrate heavy white pasta. It tastes delicious covered in sauces of a tomato base or even those of a creamier variety. As it becomes more popular, it is also possible to find farro pasta in the supermarkets in many classic pasta shapes.
  3. Cold Farro salads. Although it can be enjoyed in salads with greens and lettuce, farro also makes a great base alone in a cold salad. Mixed with vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers and beans, with a sprinkling of olive oil, it makes a tasty, more filling version of pasta salad.
  4. Farro for breakfast. For those who like hot cereals, farro makes up the base for a delicious breakfast bowl. Semi pearled farro is a great option for the morning because it cooks quickly. Much like oatmeal this chewier start to the day goes really well with apples, berries, cinnamon, milk and honey.
  5. Farro in a sandwich. There are a couple ways to enjoy this versatile grain between slices of bread. It’s rich flavor and nutrient content make it a great meat substitute mixed with savory sauces chipotle sauce or as a vegetarian substitute in the classic sloppy joe. It’s also a great addition to any veggie burger recipe.