Farro and Wild Rice Salad

Looking for a healthy summer salad?  Try roasting some tomatoes and asparagus!  This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!So Laura had an evening work event recently, and that left me to take care of Robbie by myself.  But I managed!  We played in the jump-jump for a bit.  Then we walked around the backyard to look at the birds and the grass.  Then we ate dinner (mashed peas and oatmeal).  Then we read some books.  (By “read,” I mean threw them on the floor because that was apparently more fun.)  Then we made it into bed.  Not too shabby if you ask me!

RobbieThe only bad part of the night was that Robbie was asleep by the time Laura got home.  She got home around 7:15, but Robbie usually hits the sack around 6:45.  But she still snuck into his room to sneak a peek at the little guy.  As I was asking Laura about her work dinner, so told me about this tasty farro and wild rice salad that the catering company made.  She told me I should recreate something similar.  Challenge accepted!

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!Do you guys ever try to recreate recipes?  I’ve been known to scour the ingredient list on various dishes and recipes to recreate something.  (Darn you, generic “spices”!)  My sister once called a bakery to try to get their tea cake recipe.  She kept calling back on various days with different food allergies asking if she would still be able to eat their tea cakes.

Sneaky?  Yes.  But this comes from the girl who convinced me to pay her 25¢ to pet her pet turtle Fred when we were kids.  Have you guys ever pet a turtle?  It’s definitely not worth 25¢.  (For the record, she never could figure out that tea cake recipe.)

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!But back to this farro and wild rice salad.  I went onto the catering company’s website and found the list of ingredients.  It was pretty broad, but at least it gave me a place to start.  Asparagus, peas, tomatoes, parsley.  Ok, I was off and running.  I took a few liberties here and there like roasting the tomatoes and asparagus.  And I added a balsamic dressing to the finished salad.  But all in all, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Laura told me it tasted nothing like the salad at her work dinner, but it was still delicious.  Oh well.  I’m ok with that.

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy summer salad, then this Farro and Wild Rice Salad is a winner.  Plus, it has feta cheese on top.  And feta cheese makes everything better.  Enjoy!

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!

Looking for a healthy summer salad? Try roasting the tomatoes and asparagus! This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!

Farro and Wild Rice Salad

Looking for a healthy summer salad?  Try roasting some tomatoes and asparagus!  This Farro and Wild Rice Salad is quite tasty!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 499kcal

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • ¾ cup farro
  • ¾ wild rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5-6 Roma tomatoes halved
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ bunch asparagus trimmed
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen + thawed
  • ¾ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp honey optional
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Using a medium sauce pan, combine the farro, rice, water and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until farro and rice are tender (~30 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay tomatoes on one side of pan, cut side up, and drizzle with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes.
  • Remove pan and add asparagus. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and roast for another 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, chop tomatoes and asparagus into bite-sized pieces.
  • Using a large bowl, add cooked farro and rice, roasted tomatoes and asparagus, peas, parsley and feta cheese; toss until well combined.
  • To make balsamic vinaigrette, add all ingredients to a medium bowl; whisk vigorously until well combined. Drizzle salad with balsamic vinaigrette before serving.

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40 Comments

    1. Haha…thanks, Kathy! I think Robbie was a little annoyed with me for that photo. He wanted his food! 🙂 Also, this farro + wild rice salad did indeed make great leftovers for lunch. Yum! I kinda want to go make another batch now.

  1. It sounds you had a lovely and fun evening with Robbie – he does look seriously adorable 🙂 Glad you accepted the challenge as your Farro and Wild Rice Salad looks like the perfect, healthy summer salad. Recreating recipes is a lot of fun – I sometimes give it a try and sometimes it even works out 🙂

    1. I think recreating recipes (or at least attempting to recreate them) is half the fun. More often than not, you don’t end up with the exact recipe you wanted…but then again, you often discover something new. 🙂 And yes, Robbie and I had a great time that night…despite his grumpy face in this picture. Hah! Thanks, Miriam!

  2. Hi David! Some of our favorites are recreations of foods we’ve had at restaurants! Love the flavors in this salad! I’m sure you and Robbie had a wonderful time!

    1. I totally agree, Dorothy! I love taking on the challenge to recreate a dish that we’ve eaten when out at a restaurant. If you love to cook (and let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t love to cook), then the process is half the fun! Robbie and I had some great bonding time that night…despite his grumpy face in that photo! 🙂 Thanks, Dorothy!

  3. Hahaha! You sister was a true hustler back in the day and what a “sport (?)” you were! My sis would have totally ratted me out to my parents had I tried to get her to pay 25c to pet any animal! I must admit, I do admire your sis for calling that bakery repeatedly to find out their recipe for those tea cakes – you think she’d call Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry and try and find out the recipe of their pistachio cakes? Then I wouldn’t have to wait a year – hey, I’d even pay her (25c) for her trouble! 🙂
    As for this salad, David – it might not have been an exact replica of what Laura had, but with those roasted tomatoes and asparagus and balsamic honey vinaigrette, it sure does sound delicious! And, I couldn’t agree more with the bib Robbie has on! Happy Monday friend!

    1. Oh, my parents probably would’ve told my sis “good job” if she had actually gotten me to pay her! Nothing like being a little entrepreneur, right? 🙂 Ohhh…we need to set her after Fabiane’s for sure. She’s actually coming up to visit soon…I can’t wait!

      Yeah, this recipe turned out way different than the one Laura had, but you know what? It turned out pretty darn well! The roasted tomatoes and asparagus were super delicious. Thanks so much, Shashi!

    1. I totally agree, Jess…feta makes everything better! And yes, Robbie is one cute kid. Until he starts crying. 🙂 (Heck, he’s still cute when he cries…I just feel bad for him!)

  4. Your little dude is getting so cute!! This looks seriously amazing! Definitely saving it to make soon.

    1. Wow, thank you so much, Cassidy! Robbie is growing up so fast…it’s a little crazy. Every day is an adventure…but I’m sure you know that feeling quite well. 🙂

  5. Recreating recipes are the best! I just recreated this salad to vegan in my head! Hold the chicken broth & fetta cheese, please! Viola! The honey can stay, I’m not wearing my radical vegan hat today, Monday does that to me. BTW-Robbie is seriously adorable! 🙂

    1. Yes! Do it! Recreate this one as vegan, Tonya. 🙂 That would make your version the grandchild of the salad that Laura had at her work event, right? Funny how recipes evolve like that! And yes, Robbie is one cute kid. Every day is an adventure with him! Thanks, Tonya!

    1. Thank you so much, Manali! I had fun with my Dad + son night. I think Robbie had fun, too…even though he looks a little grumpy in this picture! 🙂

  6. Robbie is so cute. Love that expression 🙂 This salad looks amazingly delicious. Love every single ingredient used here. I am making this for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I agree, Kushi! I almost died laughing when I realized I caught that expression on Robbie’s face. Too funny! And yes, this salad is super delicious…it tasted nothing like the one Laura had at her work event, but it still turned out quite well. Nice alternative for summer side dish! Thank you!

  7. Farro is one of those things that I love to have when I’m out, but for some reason I hardly ever make it at home. I think that needs to change! This recipe sounds right up my alley.

    And I totally am also in the habit of recreating recipes at home too!

    1. Yes! Start making farro at home! I like that the farro and wild rice both cook in about the same time…so combining them is pretty easy. Plus, this is a fun summer side dish to offset all of the yummy summer desserts out there! 🙂 Thanks, Nicole!!

  8. Hahahahaha that is the best- Calling up to get a recipe! I love doing that with certain things (McDonalds sweet and sour sauce…) but never works out! This looks delicious and hope it outclassed the catered version.

    Oatmeal and mashed peas FTW.

    1. Hahaha…I’m just picturing you calling your local Micky D’s and asking for the recipe for their sweet and sour sauce. Hilarious! I can’t believe they didn’t give it to you!

      Also, oatmeal and mashed peas is a winner. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. I hear it works well when baked in a muffin tin. 😉

  9. Lucky Laura, getting a night out! I mean, it’s work, but it still feels like a party when you have a baby. Robbie looks pretty darn cute, but those little people are a lot of work.
    And bakeries are never gonna give up their recipes. I’m sure they were on to your sis right away and were screwing with her whenever she called. Still, good effort!
    This salad looks amazing. I want to cook more with farro, so here I go. And roasted tomatoes are the best!

    1. Yes! I totally know what you mean now, Mir. Even work is a break when you have a baby in the house. I actually kinda look forward to Mondays now. But then by the end of the week, I look forward to spending the weekend with Robbie. It’s a pendulum that goes back and forth!

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure that bakery knew exactly what my sister was up to. But hey, gotta give her credit for trying! The sad thing is that bakery is now out of business…so the recipe is gone forever!

      Also, farro is delicious. 🙂

    1. Hahahaha…I totally just laughed outloud at your comment, Dannii. Hey, throwing books on the floor is always a fun game. And maybe you’ll learn something along the way. (Like how to pick up books from the floor, maybe?)

      Also, feta is the best!! And the roasted asparagus was a fun addition in this one, too. Thanks!

  10. Who hasn’t recreated (or at least attempted) a dish? I’ve done this few times too. I mostly recall my trip to Bulgaria over 10 years ago where I did like and keep eating one delicious and creamy chicken&rice. The key ingredient was a lovely mixture of spices which I bought before leaving. Needles to say almost the first meal I made at home was that chicken. I tried making it for a mumber of times, but it wasn’t the same (except the flavors – they were almost well spoted…but a few thing were still missing. I guess the spices weren’t the only one key ingredient). I should have been more stubborn while investigating this matter like you sister did, haha. Anyway, those attempts to recreate the dish helped me to feel like a continuing vacation which wasn’t too bad. I think you did very well job, David. Beautiful summer salad full of flavors and textures. Besides, you reminded me I haven’t grabbed farro for a long time.

    1. Yeah, sometimes it’s difficult (or near) impossible to recreate a dish exactly…but you know what? Whatever creation you come up with can be equally as tasty as the original…even if it’s not the exact same! And yes, recreating dishes totally lets you relive the vacation each and every time you make the recipe. I’m still going back and recreating meals we had in Italy 6 years ago. 🙂 Now go grab some farro and relive the time you commented on this post…haha! Thanks, Ben!

  11. It’s fun to recreate recipes so I know if I get it right I don’t have to wait to go to restaurant to eat it! Your baby is the CUTEST David! How do you get work done with such a cutie pie around hehe?!!

    1. I’m right there with ya, Ami…I love recreating flavors and dishes that we discover when we go out to eat. Of course, we don’t get to go out much now that Robbie is around…but that’s ok. It just means more time in our kitchen! And as far as working with Robbie…I have to send that guy to daycare to get anything done. Haha! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!

  12. Tell your sister I have my Aunt’s Tea cake recipe and I will share with her if she wants it.Mississippi recipe

    1. Hey Ann! I would love to get your aunt’s tea cake recipe if you are willing to share it. I’ll definitely pass it along to my sister…I know she’s been hunting for a good recipe! My email is david (at) spicedblog.com. Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Puja! Robbie is one cute little dude. 🙂 And you know, you could use veggie stock in place of the chicken stock in this one. It’s a great summer side dish for sure. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Hey, I never said I actually paid 25 cents to pet that turtle! Although my sister definitely tried to get tourists to do it while I sold lemonade out on the street. Ah, those were the days! 🙂 Thanks, Megan!!

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