jeff's warm farro salad with charred corn

Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

farro & charred corn salad: easy & a great combination, flavored with lemon & basil. Good warm or cold

Do you ever mess up a recipe and then decide that you liked it so much you couldn’t have it any other way? Well, that’s what happened to this Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn from the July/August Food Network Magazine. It turned out to be a happy mistake.

Jeff's Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn
Jeff’s Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

So I’m going to tell you how I made the Warm Farro Salad coz I will make it every time this way. I made a few other changes, too: I typically down play the grains and up the veggies in a salad like this. What I got was a bright and fresh salad full of all the goodies: charred corn, cherry tomatoes, & Kalamata olives.

The biggest surprise was how the lemon really stood out in this salad, which I loved; maybe that’s because I cut back a little on the basil. I don’t know if it’s because I grow my own herbs and they’re fresher than what you buy at the grocer’s but sometimes the amount in recipes really just bowls me over.

jeff's warm farro salad with charred corn
Jeff’s warm farro salad with charred corn (from the Food Network.)

Anyway, when you buy Farro, check and see if you can’t get it from the bulk area of the store or a health food store rather than paying a ton of money for those little packets you find near the rice. You’re likely to find corn (see how to pick a good ear) and tomatoes on special all summer long; just make sure to use that corn asap when you get it home.

The red cherry tomatoes are usually less than the “heirloom” mixed but Aldi is a great place to pick up either on the cheap. (I think they even have farro there, now.) Even less, although not as pretty, is a regular sized tomato. Chunk and strain it for a few minutes.

I love cutting my corn over a bundt or angel food pan – it makes the job so much easier! Thanks to Real Simple for the photograph.

Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper

In a jar with a lid, shake together the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, apple cider vinegar and mustard; season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside. (You’ll use about 3/4’s of the vinaigrette to mix in with the farro and reserve about a 1/4 to remoisten or bump up the flavor of the salad before serving.)

For the salad:

  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 8 – 16 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup (or more) Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
  • salt and pepper to taste or as directed throughout the recipe
  • 1 tablespoon chiffonade fresh basil

Preheat a grill to high, then start cooking the farro on the stove-top. While the farro cooks, you’ll grill the corn.

In a medium-sized saucepan with a tight lid, add two cups water to the cup of farro, along with the tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, turn to a low simmer and cook, covered, until al dente, about 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for five minutes. Drain if necessary. (Keep an eye on it while cooking; it can boil over or absorb more water than expected and scorch.)

After the farro has rested for the five minutes, add about 3/4’s of the vinaigrette, and gently toss with a fork. If the amount looks overly generous, don’t worry, the farro will absorb it. Hold about 1/4 of the vinaigrette back in case the salad needs to be moistened a little or needs to be punched up before serving.

While the farro is cooking, brush the corn with a tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on the hot grill, turning with tongs, until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut off the kernels.

Add the corn kernels, tomatoes, olives, red onion and chives to the farro. Gently toss to combine; add more vinaigrette if desired and season with a good amount of salt and pepper. Garnish with the basil.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15 g 23 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 12 %
Monounsaturated Fat 8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 2 mg 1 %
Sodium 320 mg 13 %
Potassium 950 mg 27 %
Total Carbohydrate 45 g 15 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 26 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 9 g 17 %
Vitamin A 37 %
Vitamin C 63 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 12 %

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I’ll be taking this recipe to Angie’s Fiesta Friday , hosted this week by Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons and Jenny @ Jenny Is Baking. If you have a minute, click over to Fiesta Friday & see all the link ups, or Liz & Jenny’s blogs.

39 thoughts on “Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn”

  1. Have farro in the cupboard Mollie–this looks perfect for a summer dinner (with leftovers for lunch!) and corn is so sweet right now. Hope all’s well with you and the folks! xox

      1. Hi Mollie!! I just like to hear from you whenever you can squeeze it in!! We are still in Wisconsin for about a week– hanging out with kids and friends here. The wedding was big fun– pics soon!! Hugs!!

  2. I hate cutting corn, that’s a great tip! I haven’t tried farro but I do have a bag of kamut that I have no idea what to do with. I think I just like the name. Maybe I can use that? But of course I don’t know if they taste similar or not.

    1. Thanks. It’s nice to have a few recipes like this for summer – and I know you love those Mediterranean flavors. I wish I would have put more olives in, but forgot to buy pitted and so was smashing them and pitting like crazy to get dinner on the table. 🙂

  3. Great corn trick Mollie…. The salad looks so satisfying. And that charred corn, wow! Been making a few salads like these myself, I’ve only cooked with farro once, I like the idea of upping the veggies.

          1. Hi Ronit! That was sweet! I’ll be right over to check yours out – still have more farro, lol! Update: I just stopped by and if anyone reads this, click on Ronit’s name and go right over to her blog right now and see what deliciousness she’s prepared! What a lovely salad – I can imagine eating this on a restaurant deck for brunch.

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