Farro Salad with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Onion

Farro Salad with Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes and Onion

Cook Time:15 min           Yield: 4 servings

1 1/2 cups farro*
3 Japanese (baby) eggplants, halved
1 small red onion, peeled, halved, and thickly sliced
Olive oil, for brushing
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, washed and sliced in 1/2
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Sherry Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Cook farro in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl. (*See note below.)

Heat grill to high (or use broiler.) While the farro is cooking, brush the eggplants and onion slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill (or broil) for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Remove from the grill and cut into 1-inch dice. Add the eggplant and onions to the farro along with the tomatoes and dill. Pour Sherry Vinegar over the farro mixture and stir to combine. Garnish with additional dill. Best served at room temperature.

Sherry Vinaigrette:

1 small shallot, finely chopped
1/4 cup sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup olive oil

Whisk together the shallot, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and dill in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified.

Recipe from Bobby Flay

* True farro needs to be soaked overnight and will take closer to an hour to cook.  You may find cracked, or pearled farro which will cook faster at a slight cost in texture.