Roasted Bell Pepper with Italian Farro Salad

  • 1 hr total
  • 10 mins prep
  • 50 mins cook
  • serves 4 people
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Roasted bell pepper with Italian farro salad. New year, new flavor.

I have enjoyed farro at restaurants and liked the texture and the flavor. A bit al dente to the bite and with a nutty flavor added to it. With my last grocery shopping expedition, I purchased some, and here is a fantastic side dish or main dish. Healthy recipe, vegetarian, and super delicious.

What is farro?

Farro is the Italian name for an ancient type of grain in the wheat family. As well as spelt and emmer.

Therefore, the most common found at the grocery store is whole, although semi-pearled and pearled are also available. Whichever you will end up with, the cooking process can vary from 15 minutes to one hour. In Italian cuisine, the three species are referred to: farro grande, farro medio, and farro piccolo.

Very nutritious and an excellent source of protein, high on fiber, and nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and VITAMIN B.

How to cook farro

  • Depending on the type you have purchased, the cooking time will vary between 15 to 40 minutes.
  • Rinse it prior to cooking to remove any starch and also to inspect for any hard pieces.
  • You can soak it to shorten the cooking process.  However, the most used method is bringing a pot of water to a boil, add the farro and reduce the heat to simmer or slightly bubbling, until is tender.

TIPS

  • Start this recipe by cooking the bell peppers first. Double the number of bell peppers to roast and keep them for another time. Excellent to have to make omelets, pasta, salads, sandwiches. The uses are endless.
  • You can skip a few steps from this recipe by using the prepared roasted bell peppers that come in jars. Out of season, the bell peppers can be quite costly thus the jar offers a great alternative.
  • I use red, yellow, orange bell peppers. They are sweeter and less prone to cause heartburn.
  • Fresh thyme is a great substitute for oregano.
  • Green olives can be replaced by pitted black olives. I love green olives and always have a jar open.

This recipe doubles as a starter to be prepared alongside dishes such as Rock Cod in Ginger Soy Sauce Marinate,  Shrimps Fingers. or Jalapeno Burgers

Or just by itself for a vegetarian light lunch or dinner.

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Nutrition Facts
Roasted Bell Pepper with Italian Farro Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 2160mg94%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Roasted Bell Pepper with Italian Farro Salad

  • 1 hr total
  • 10 mins prep
  • 50 mins cook
  • serves 4 people

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper (no green)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ cup green olives, pitted and quartered lenghtwise
  • 2 green onions, white and light green part thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by whisking together: lemon juice, olive oil, honey, allspice, paprika, garlic, and sea salt in a bowl and set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add one tablespoon of sea salt to the water, add the farro to it. Simmer until tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

  3. Preheat the broiler. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Rub the pepper with one teaspoon olive oil and roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the skin starts to char and fall off. Turn them once one side is dark and the skin begins to separate. Place the peppers in a bowl cover with plastic wrap for 5 to 8 minutes. Peel the skin off the peppers and remove the stem and seeds. Slice them into thin strips.

  4. Place the cooked farro in a large mixing bowl and add the peppers strips, green olives, oregano, green onions. Pour over the dressing and gently mix. Season with more salt if needed it.

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Comments (32) Post a Reply

  1. Gregory Halpen says:

    Hi! I love farro! This salad looks so fresh and healthy. I am definitely going to try it.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Very healthy and perfect for a quick lunch also.
      Enjoy it!
      Giangi

  2. Katie says:

    This looks delicious and healthy! Am never sure what to do with peppers besides stir fry so saving this one 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I am learning to add peppers to more of my cooking. Very healthy and fun to work with.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Best
      Giangi

  3. Christie says:

    Roasted peppers and farro – what a fantastic combo! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure, thank you for stopping by Giangi’s Kitchen.
      You will love the savory flavor of all the ingredients.
      A must try!
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  4. casey says:

    Love bell peppers but never thought to pair with farro! Sounds delicious!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will be amazed Casey how delicious the combination is. You will love it.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  5. Kellie says:

    This sounds delish! Super keen to give this a go. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure Kellie! Would love to have your feedback when you do make it in your kitchen.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  6. Mihaela|https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says:

    As I started reading your recipe, my imagination began to fly. Now I’m somewhere on the Amalfi Coast… Amazing how food can take you to places you love and miss! Thanks❤

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      So true. We do too, we live vicariously through food when not traveling. I miss traveling for the memories that we bring back with us.
      Until our next trip,
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, you will love it, it really is delicious.
      Enjoy!
      Giangi

  7. Jessica says:

    This looks delicious! I love all the health benefits that the different ingredients offer as well. I can’t wait to put it on my menu and try it.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Fantastic!! I am sure you will enjoy it. Easy healthy and can last a couple of days, perfect for lunch too.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  8. Michelle @ Taste As You Go says:

    My husband would love this! I’ll have to give it a try soon!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Wonderful! Please share how he and you like it.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  9. Ana@oasisoftaste says:

    Hi! I tried farro once. I will try to prepare it like you in this healthy salad 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will enjoy it, I am sure of it.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  10. Jayashree says:

    This looks so delicious, something I will enjoy for dinner. I must give a try to this Giangi

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Jayashree, I am sure you will enjoy it.
      Bon Appetit!

  11. Cindy Mom, the Lunch Lady says:

    I’ve yet to try Farro, but I totally want to try this salad. It looks so delicious and healthy. Would be perfect for my meal plan next week!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I will love it. The nuttiness and flavor of the farro marries well the vinaigrette and bell peppers. Perfect quick lunch salad. Stores well for a couple of days too.
      Enjoy!!
      Giangi

  12. Gregory Halpen says:

    Love farro! This dish looks so fresh and tasty.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you. quite a savory dish

  13. Keirsten says:

    Sub the honey for agave for me and this sounds delicious! My husband loooooves bell peppers so I think I’ll give this recipe a shot. Thanks 😊😋

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Agave! That sounds delicious and will try it next time. Aren’t bell peppers so versatile?
      Enjoy!
      Giangi

  14. Maggie says:

    Definitely saving this recipe to try sometime. Looks delicious!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Maggie, You will enjoy it and so easy to make.
      Perfect for a quick lunch as well.
      Bon Appetit!
      Giangi

  15. MagicandBliss says:

    I’ve never tried Farro before though it looks like brown rice in the picture! I guess I could replace this with boiled brown rice for a healthy dinner.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I am sure you can, but farro is more of wheat. Either way, you choose, both are very healthy.
      I love the nuttiness flavor of the farro.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Enjoy!
      Giangi

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