Farro, 1 c, rinsed
Apple cider, 1 c
Rinse farro and put in pot with bay leaf, apple cider, 2 t salt, and 2 c water.
Bring to boil covered, then simmer covered for about 30 mins until tender.
Drain and spread on sheet pan to cool. (May want to chill a bowl for assembly if you are in a hurry!)
radishes, sliced thin
Cauliflower pieces or cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Basil, parsley and/or mint — a very hearty amount (choose parsley or basil)
Pistachio nuts, chopped
Feta or parmesan, shaved
Good mustard (or skip)
Olive oil — 4 x lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Mix vinaigrette into farro with cheese and pistachios. (This can sit for 4 hours at room temp, or in refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temp before proceeding.)
Add arugula, herbs, tomatoes (or cauliflower), radish and fold in together. Sprinkle on Maldon salt.
Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad by Melissa Clark, in NY Times cooking
If someone should give you a cooked steak to take home post-barbecue, this a nice way to see it again.
Lime juice — macerate red onions in this first
Fish sauce, same quantity as lime juice
Soy sauce (just a tad)
Ginger, finely grated
Sambal oelek — or other red pepper product for heat
Dash peanut oil
Red onions, sliced or diced — macerated in lime juice
Cooked beans, such as cannellini
Watercress, spinach or other greens such as lettuce
Red pepper, diced
peanuts, roasted and unsalted
Cold cooked steak, sliced
and Ellie Krieger
Preparing for a pot luck, I cooked some chick peas and then while the instant pot was doing its thing, I went outside to do some gardening and planting and cutting lilacs, and playing with the cat, and oh, planting a shrub. I came inside to find that the pot had reached its set 49 minutes oh, 27 minutes ago. Surely overcooked! I released the pressure and found the beans somewhat mushy and was immediately disappointed. Then I found this warm chick pea and spinach recipe that seemed like a good idea.
Then I was hungry and it being lunch time I thought: Hmm, freshly-cooked chick peas, I can serve myself some mushy beans. I went halfway with the ideas in that aforementioned recipe:
Spinach in a bowl sprinkled with olive oil and salt, topped with warm chick peas, to slightly wilt the spinach. Macerated some red onion in lemon juice, went outside and cut some chives; sprinkled beans with smoked paprika and then chives. Added cut up carrot, aforementioned onions, some feta and lots of olive oil and salt. Mmm.
Olive oil, spinach and beans are delicious. The subtle dark tone of smoked paprika sets off the flavor against the bright high-note lemon. I always like two familial flavors such as here red onions and chives. (I think next time I will macerate onions longer, and/or reduce quantity.)
chickpeas, 1 # cooked with 1 T salt & 1 garlic clove (49 minutes in my Instant Pot)
Red onion, cut into pieces, macerated in lemon juice for 2 – 4 minutes.
Smoked paprika (sweet)
carrots, 2 sliced
If you have some leftover flank steak or other yummy protein, try this for lunch:
Soba noodles (buckwheat/wheat), 1/2 package — 4+ oz. Boil in salted water 6 mins. Then drain, run cold water over, put in bowl, and mix in < 1 T sesame oil
Mushrooms, sliced, about 5 mixture of shiitake and cremini, sautéed in grapeseed oil; add salt
Garlic cloves, 2 minced. Add to mushrooms at end
Red pepper flakes — mix into mushrooms while cooking
Prep cool ingredients:
beef, couple slices, cut up
carrot, 1 large grated, some diced
Red pepper, 1/2, small dice
Sesame seeds (optional)
On cooled noodles, mix in some soy sauce and some Bo Ssam sauce or perhaps Chile garlic sauce for spice/vinegar. Mix in mushrooms.
On top: squeeze on lime
Room temp farro salad for lunchtime emergency feeding:
Cooked farro — 1 c farro cooked in 1 c apple cider and 2 c water; OR 1/2 c apple cider vinegar & 2-1/2 c water (can use less water and drain after cooking 25+ minutes. Put rinsed farro in pot with water and cider in pot. Bring to boil, and simmer covered for 25-30 mins.
Lemon vinaigrette — 1 lemon juiced, with 4x olive oil, S&P. Optional: minced garlic (Don’t need full quantity for this recipe)
Blanched broccoli or uncooked arugula
Parsley, minced (optional addition: mint)
Fresh tomatoes, cut up
Pepitas or pistachios
Optional: sliced radishes
Cook 1 c farro (rinsed) in 2 c water and 1 c apple cider (or 1/2 c vinegar and 1/2 c water) for 25+ mins. Drain if needed. Mix with lemon vinaigrette.
Blanch broccoli in pot of salted water for less than 5 minutes. Drain on sheet pan to cool. Cut up tomatoes.
Mince herbs — parsley and perhaps mint.
Mix together: farro mixed with vinaigrette, broccoli (or arugula), grated parmesan, tomatoes, pepitas (or pistachios)
optional: sliced radishes
Inspiration: Charlie Bird’s farro salad, NY Times
First: when you buy a head of lettuce, as soon as you get it home, wash, dry and refrigerate. That way you have one step up on salad making, and it’s a sinch to grab some lettuce to tuck into a sandwich or whatever.
Ingredients — on top of lettuce:
Cauliflower, raw, cut up into florets
Protein: boiled shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, or poached chicken breast
Green beans, par-boiled (boiled 2 minutes in salted water)
Cucumber — I like to partially peel, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon, and then cut into half-moon slices.
Pepitas sprinkled on top are a nice addition.
Here’s an earlier take on this salad
And here’s the buttermilk vinaigrette dressing I love.
This is an easy and healthy-ish salad perfect for summer gatherings. With no dairy it can go outdoors without danger. And it’s super-easy to assemble, and flexible too. It’s just a simple vinaigrette including both lemon juice and white wine vinegar, heightened with hot pepper — fresh or dried flakes — and mustard and honey to balance. It’s beans with red onion and some carrots and red peppers or whatever is fresh in early summer.
2 large cans of garbanzos (chick peas), drained and rinsed
red onion, 1/2, sliced then quartered, and macerated in white wine vinegar for 15 minutes to mellow
Vinaigrette: lemon juice (~ 2 T), garlic scapes or garlic, mustard, honey, red pepper flakes or fresh hot hot pepper, minced, S&P, olive oil.
Red or other color peppers — not green, diced
carrots — #2-3, cut into dice about size of beans or smaller
cooked quinoa, cucumber, garlic scapes, cumin, and/or garlic, optional
Variation: substitute lime juice for lemon juice; substitute black beans for garbanzos, and add cilantro and scallions. Use cumin.
I had a college roommate Elizabeth who taught me a high-fat way of eating toasted bagels: spread the hot bagel with butter and *then* smear with cream cheese. That way the bagel part is not dry, since it has the melted butter in it. That’s the idea behind my potato salad method. I combine the German potato salad method of dousing the just-boiled, hot potatoes with white wine vinegar and olive oil. The hot taters soak up the vinegar/oil. THEN I add a mayo mixture to the taters once they are cooled in refrigerator, which coats and gloms onto the outside. A winner!
3 # potatoes — new, Yukon Gold, or other delicious, preferably organic potatoes, scrubbed, cut into large pieces and boiled with onion if you like until just tender when pierced with knife, usually under 20 minutes cooking time. Drain in colander. While sitting in sink in colander, drizzle over potatoes white wine vinegar and then olive oil. Let sit, and then later put on plate and put into refrigerator to chill.
3 T mayo (I like Hellman’s regular, not healthy, but I’m used to the taste)
2 T sour cream
1 t mustard — Dijon only
shallot, 1 T, chopped, perhaps macerated for up to 15 minutes in white wine vinegar
Herbs: garlic scapes, chives and/or tarragon — fresh from the garden, chopped.
Directions: Chop up shallot and herbs. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper and mustard. Whisk in herbs. Test by dipping piece of potato into dressing. Does it need more salt? A splash of vinegar to brighten? Let mayo mixture sit in refrigerator a bit to blend nicely ahead of time, such as while potatoes cool in refrigerator, or simply mix into cooled potatoes.
I have been cooking a lot of rice and grains with my beloved rice cooker. Putting up a batch when I leave the house makes for happy eating upon returning home with an appetite.
Brown rice, cooked and cooled, tossed with champagne vinegar and olive oil
Arugula, rinsed and dried somewhat
Carrots, 2, sliced thin with knife or with mandolin
Nuts — pepitas are good
Romano, freshly grated
Lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
Olive oil – 3x lemon juice
Mix up dressing and put in bottom of large, preferably narrow, bowl
Put in: arugula, carrots and scallions, and toss.
Lay greens on top of rice, and sprinkle on pepitas and grated romano
Other options: pine nuts, olives
Once you get a rice cooker, you may want to not stop exploring the universe of rice varieties (not to mention yummy steel-cut oats for breakfast). For such an exploration, here’s a recipe that combines farro and black forbidden rice, cooked separately and cooled on a sheet pan. Mix in roasted cauliflower, steamed dandelion greens with a champagne vinegar dijon vinaigrette, and it’s stick-to-the-ribs delicious! Gilding the lily with some sweet on-hand cherry tomatoes and pepitas. Roasted butternut squash and/or other winter squash in lieu of cauliflower is Chef Thomas Keller’s recipe.
Farro, 1 c
Black forbidden rice, 1 c
1/2 onion, chopped
Dandelion greens, 1/2 bunch, rinsed well and cut off tough bottom stems — steam in rice cooker for 10 minutes at end of one grain’s cycle
Cauliflower florets, roasted w/ olive oil, S&P
Vinaigrette made with champagne vinegar & mustard
Optional: cherry tomatoes
roasted butternut squash, sautéed first in butter in sauté pan
Cook two separate batches of farro and rice. When each is done, remove to sheet pan, spread out and cool. (Tip: tastier farro if you sauté onion in olive oil, then add in farro to toast for 2 minutes, and then add into rice cooker with water.)
At end of second cycle, lay in cleaned dandelion greens on steamer dish to steam during last 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put sturdy sheet pan in oven to heat up.
Roast cauliflower florets with olive oil, S&P for 10-15 minutes, turning once or twice so they don’t burn.
Prepare vinaigrette: Put 3 T vinegar into Pyrex measuring copy and whisk in 1/2 t Dijon mustard. Add S&P, and whisk in olive oil. Taste with dandelion green and adjust to your taste.
Rice and faro in large bowl.
Mix greens in separate bowl with vinaigrette.
Put cauliflower on rice/farro, top with greens and vinaigrette. Add tomatoes and pepitas.
Serving the greens and cauliflower while still warm is nice. And the room temp rice/farro is a lovely contrast.