One of my favorite things about summers in Italy is the produce. Going to the market, be it an actual market or the local weekly market, is always such a treat because the quality of the produce in Italy is phenomenal! It's amazing how flavorful the produce in Italy is and just how affordable it can be in season too. Plus, lots of the produce you find at the market was probably grown in the nearby region!
A staple during my summers is a fresh Farro Salad. Farro is a small grain-like ingredient that has a chewy texture and is similar to barley. You'll see it pop up in salads, as sides or even in soups during the colder season. But during the summer, farro is the perfect addition to a fresh salad. The best thing about a farro salad is that you can easily change ingredients if something isn't available or you'd just like to add your favorite produce instead!
I've made this recipe so many times but I usually just estimate the measurements so feel free to adjust the measurements to your liking, the produce available or to the size of your group. One batch according to these measurements will serve about 4 people as a side salad (or me for 3 lunches and snacking!).
Want to mix things up? Try adding or switching in these ingredients: chopped green olives, capers, celery or parsley!
Written by Chelsea Ward, the host and founder of Wanderful Retreats