When I was in college, my friends and I would frequent a place called Foodstuffs. The name sounds extremely generic but I had a dream that if I were ever to open a storefront, I wanted it to be just like this one. There was a salad station where you could tell them exactly what you wanted in a salad (and have every ingredient to choose from), sandwiches, baked goods (the scones, oh man, the scones), and a deli case full of prepared meals and salads. It was my saving grace when I was trying to eat healthier in college (but not so nice on the wallet).
Since then, I've always been brainstorming about my pretend storefront and the items I would sell (yes, I still play pretend because you never know when I might actually make the move to do this). In this place, the deli case would be full of items just like this farro salad- the perfect grab and go side (or meal) for any occasion. The herby dressing is really what makes it but I also love the nuttiness that the farro brings to overall dish. And while I'd love to always use fresh peas, there are definitely occasions where I'd use frozen (like, "oh we have a party to go to in an hour and I'm supposed to bring something!")
Pea and Farro Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- 1 cup cooked farro (See note)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (thaw peas if using frozen)
- ¼ cup minced red onion
- 2 tablespoon roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 ounce feta
- 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons minced parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced chives
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- For the salad, combine the farro, peas, red onion, sunflower seeds, and feta, set aside.
- Make the dressing by combining the remaining ingredients in a jar with lid. Shake well until combine and pour over salad. Toss everything to combine, taste, and add salt/pepper as needed.
While I love whole farro, pearled farro might be easier to use for this salad as it takes less cooking time. However, either will work!
Mmmmm, have you tried farro in split pea soup? It's so good!
Millie | Add A Little says
This looks great Erin! I love using farro in salads as I feel like the texture is perfect!
Second night in a row that my dinner is coming straight from you! Thanks for always posting seasonal, delicious, vegetarian recipes and amazingly, even keeping the great recipes coming with a newborn! I cannot tell you how many times I look to you for dinner inspiration. Thanks and congrats on welcoming a new life to the world!
This looks fantastic! I am always looking out for new salad ideas and I am definitely giving this a try (: I have never tried cooking with farro before - it's time to get on board!
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Angela | Great Body & Skin says
Such a great idea! Never thought of!
A fantastic flavour combination. I made a farro, pea haloumi salad with lemony dill dressing and it's one of my favourite recipes, to date. I must make yours!!! x
Katie @ Whole Nourishment says
You're right, this would be a great deli case item for your store, one I would certainly purchase! Love the tangy and herb heavy yogurt sauce. Frozen peas are one of the few staples I keep in the freezer and I've found it so helpful when I'm preparing something last minute or my fresh produce stock is dwindling.
Barbara (BarbB) says
This looks yummy. I'll be making this tonight for dinner. Thanks, Erin, for the great recipes.
This salad sounds great! I really like salads that are based on whole grains like this. Looking forward to trying it.
This looks like a delightful spring salad. We have a family gathering this weekend, and this may be just the thing we take!
Love this salad! It sounds so simple and satisfying. I definitely need that yogurt dressing in my life.
Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth says
I love FoodStuffs! It's a bit pricey, but they always have a fresh selection of wonderful salads and deli goodies. I would love to see this in your store front -- a big seller, I'm willing to guess!
I made this tonight and we absolutely loved it ! I skipped the feta because I didn't feel like it, and added fava beans instead, but that's the only change I made. It really is a great salad, the dressing has just enough flavor to let the peas shine through — all in all, I'll definitely be making it again ! Thank you for this recipe.
Healthy snacks and meals are very important to me, but being easy to make is even better. This dish looks wonderful. Would be great for a family gathering or potluck. Thank you for posting!
Yum and delicious salad recipe. I am going to try this. Farro in salad seems too good 🙂 Keep sharing your recipes
I made this yesterday for the 4th of July and it was amazing! I ended up having some non-dairy guests, so I used a coconut-based Greek yogurt (and left the feta to the side) and it was fantastic.
I'm super fan of FoodStuffs! It is a bit expensive, but always and in every circumstance they have a fresh selection of fantastic salads and deli jelly beans. I would love to see this in your convenience store - or in a common supermarket!