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Asparagus and Zucchini Farro Salad

Asparagus and Zucchini Farro Salad

I have been making basil pesto for a while, but up until recently I had only been using it for pasta. When I came across the idea of using pesto in a dish like tilapia with pesto and roasted tomatoes, it opened my mind to new possibilities. When I was at the farmers market they had big bunches of basil that I just could not pass up on. I was thinking that a whole grain salad with a pesto dressing would be a good idea. At the farmers market I also found some of the first of the locally grown zucchini and they still had some asparagus and my salad was taking form. Since the zucchini and asparagus were so fresh I decided to simply blanch them and enjoy their freshness. I like to complete my salads with beans, nuts and cheese. I was also planning on adding some fresh peas but I completely forgot. This salad was pretty easy to throw together and is was nice and fresh and summery and good! The basil pesto worked really well in the salad the lemon juice brightened everything up. I am looking forward to discovering more ways to enjoy pesto.

Ingredients:
1 cup farro
1 zucchini (thinly sliced)
1 handful asparagus (cut into bite sized pieces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup pecorino romano (crumbled)

Directions:
1. Cook the farro as directed.
2. Blanch the zucchini and asparagus in boiling water.
3. Mix the basil pesto, olive oil and lemon juice.
4. Toss every thing to mix.

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48 comments:

Gloria said...

This look and sounds Kevin how a very delicious salad!! xGloria

VeggieGirl said...

Kein, you need to just open a restaurant already, haha :0) EVERYTHING you make is absolutely brilliant and so elegantly plated!!

Lisa said...

Thanks for this entry Kevin! I always do look forward to an entry from you. The peas would have been a nice addition, but this recipe is not at all lacking in taste or flavour. I too sometimes forget to add ingredients I mean too :)

Helene said...

Such a nice meal Kevin.

noble pig said...

What a great idea for a salad.

Michelle said...

Farro? Huh? Very rarely do I need to google an ingredient, but hey, there's always something new to learn. :-) Salad looks divine by the way.

maybelles parents said...

sounds very healthy. would be great for a packed lunch

Katie said...

I love asparagus & zucchini! That salad sounds wonderful. Great blog!

cook eat FRET said...

that combo salad sure does look good!

Dragon said...

So simple and yet it makes a lovely composition. Well done.

Sarah said...

love the use of farro...we all need to be cooking and eating the more interesting stuff

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Wonderful salad. I love the combination of vegetables and grains.

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Manggy said...

I love how the thin zucchini is just draped so delicately under it-- thanks for reminding me I need to use that bag of farro already! :)

Steph said...

That salad looks amazing! You always come up with the best ideas!

Lobster Recipe said...

Is farro something that is readily available? Can't remember ever seeing it at the grocery store.

diva said...

new possibilities indeed. what a lovely salad! i find my favourite place to spoon loads of pesto onto is still a thin crust stonebaked pizza...ah!

Paula said...

Another terrific recipe! I love the composition of chick peas and zucchini together. Pecorino romano makes all things with zucchini divine! Yum!

farida said...

I'll admit I am not quite familiar with faro so your post made me open my eyes and go educate myself a little more about new to me mysterious ingredients:) Your salad looks and sounds delicious and packed with flavor! Nice job, as usual!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful looking salad Kevin! Really nice!

cindy* said...

your grain salads are always so tempting! this looks so good.

OhioMom said...

Lovely and delicious ... :)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Yay for wholegrains lol. This looks seriously good. Oh and I always seem to forget a crucial ingredient! :)

Kim said...

That salad could make a zucchini lover out of me, wonderful.

Holler said...

This has to be an absolute winner Kevin. Gorgeous and what a good way to use pesto!

cookinpanda said...

This is quite the interesting combination. I like it quite a bit. And it's certainly something Iwouldn't have considered. So thank you for the inspiration.

Ben said...

That looks so delicious and so healthy! I love farmer's markets and all their delicious goods. I need to visit them more often, though.

Dee said...

I love how reading about other people's food can open your eyes. Before today, I'd never heard of farro. Now I'm going to Google it.

It's always a pleasure to stop by your kitchen, Kevin.

Grace said...

great entry! i love the colors and ingredients--you didn't need those peas anyway. :)

Elra said...

Superb!!!!!!
Healthy summer meal. You have lots of good idea and such a good cook Kevin....

Indigo said...

Mm, this looks great, especialy with the asparagus and walnuts! I really need to start making my own pesto too...

Cheryl said...

I have no idea what Farro is but I will investigate. It looks good tho!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've never had farro, but this salad looks really tasty and summery

Pam said...

Bookmarking this! I love grain salads!

Lina said...

i recently discovered farro. good stuff! your salad looks amazing.

Marjie said...

I love asparagus, and I'm constantly amazed at what you cook and photograph. I've passed an award on to you for a creative, artistic and inspirational blog. Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration you've given me, and so many others!

Sara said...

mmmm, this looks delicious! good use of zucchini...we have far too much of it in the garden at the moment!!

Bruno said...

Well now I know what to do with these zucchini!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

This salad is gorgeous looking Kevin! Wish I could taste bit too!

Kevin said...

Lobster Recipe: It took me a bit of effort to find the farro. I ended up finding it in a small specialty import grocery store.

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

love the greens all over the photo! This looks good too!

Bridgett said...

That is a beautiful salad with, as I can imagine, a wonderful flavor. I am loving all the asparagus recipes you have.

amandalouden said...

do you make anything badly? Looks great.

amandalouden said...

btw, another great grain salad. love it.

Deborah said...

I have 2 basil plants that are going crazy right now, so this would be a perfect way to use them up!

Elly said...

This is a gorgeous salad, Kevin, and it sounds great, too. I still haven't tried farro, but I need to.

Astra Libris said...

Kevin, what could be better than homemade pesto with all your gorgeous salad ingredients? :-) I can't think of a single thing - I think you've created my dream salad! :-)

Jeanne said...

Oh I love everything abotu this salad - the colours, textures and flavours! Also, it provides me with a way of using farro (which I'm never sure of what to do with!). Definitely bookmarking this one!

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