Farro salad with artichokes, cauliflower, and sun-dried tomatoes

I wish I could say that I was excited for Fall to come, but here in Miami we really don’t understand the concept of the seasons. The only indication that Fall is around the corner is a slight cooling of the air during the evening. When I say “slight”  I mean it’s now 80 degrees at night instead of 85!! All South Floridians understand what I’m talking about…

Since the weather is still so warm here it’s refreshing to eat cool foods–like this farro salad!  You can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week, use it for football Sunday for a healthy alternative to feed a big crew, or just enjoy it on your terrace or patio without sweating your face off. If you prefer, you can also serve this warm!

Also, if you’re a newbie to farro check out this link to learn more about it!


Here’s what you need:

1 cups of farro, cooked according to package directions and then cooled to room temperature

1/2 cauliflower head, cut into florets and then sliced

approximately 2 tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes, julienned (you can buy them in a jar already julienned)

1 scallion, sliced on a bias

handful of Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3/4 of 1 can of plain quartered artichoke hearts, (not the marinated type)

Parmesan cheese, shaved



Here’s what you do:

Cook your farro and let it cool. You can even do this the night before. Mix with some evoo so that it doesn’t stick together. Season with salt.

In a pan, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat and place cauliflower so that one side browns. Once browned, carefully flip each slice of cauliflower and brown the other side. Once browned on both sides, add garlic and artichoke hearts cook for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pan and place in a refrigerated metal bowl to cool.

Once cooled (even if it’s still a little warm it is ok) combine with the farro and mix well. Be careful not to break your cauliflower slices. Add the sun-dried tomatoes. Add the scallion and parsley and season with salt/pepper to taste. Season liberally with evoo.

Top with the shaved parmesan slices and enjoy!

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Categories: Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegetarian

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