Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty whole grain salad that works great for lunch, a light meal, or as a side dish. It tastes great at room temperature or chilled.

This is a revised recipe. I dialed in some of ingredients, and made it easier to make without sacrificing flavor. Dried tarragon can be really strong, so start with ¼ teaspoon and see how it goes. If you want even more flavor, add a little more. If you aren’t eating this salad right away and store it in the refrigerator, it will need the flavors refreshed. Before serving, taste it, and then, add a little more lemon juice, salt, or whatever seems to be missing.

For a variation, use grilled artichoke hearts, instead. Or get in some additional greens for the day, and serve this over a bed of spinach leaves. You can also top the salad with a little bit of vegan parmesan, if it suits you. Enjoy!

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

1 cup farro

2 ¼ cups broth (fake chicken or vegetable)

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

¼ – ½ tsp dried tarragon

2 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ tsp dijon mustard

½ tsp+ salt

1 cup whole artichoke hearts, sliced in half (I used a 10.5 ounce jar of artichoke hearts packed in water)

1 cup fennel bulb (white part only), chopped into bite-size pieces

Black pepper, to taste

Cooked farro

1. In a medium saucepan, add farro and broth. Bring to a boil. Then, cover with a lid and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the farro is soft enough to eat. Then, remove from the stove, remove lid, stir with a big spoon, and allow it to cool down.

Shallots and garlic sauteing in olive oil

2. While the farro is boiling, you can get started on the salad dressing. In a skillet, add the shallot, garlic and olive oil with a dash of salt over high heat. When it starts to sizzle (like the photo above), stir it around constantly for 20 seconds. Don’t allow it to brown or burn. Then, remove it from heat.

Vegan Tarragon Vinaigrette Dressing

3. Add the shallots-garlic-olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Then, add the dried tarragon, parsley, lemon juice, dijon mustard, ½ tsp salt and some black pepper. Whisk together until everything is thoroughly combined.

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

4. Add the cooked farro to the mixing bowl. Stir it around until it’s well-coated with the dressing. Then, gingerly stir in the artichoke hearts and fennel bulb. Taste, and adjust the flavor, if needed (more lemon juice? more salt?). Serve.

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

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