We are having our first snowfall of the season and it feels right to make a warm winter salad for dinner. I wanted to create a salad that would take the chill off and warm the soul after an afternoon of sledding or strolling in the snow. This Olives and Farro Salad is nutty, filling and simply delicious. Farro is an ancient grain that has a sort of cashew flavor and is chewy in a good way. It can be time consuming to cook, as you have to soak the grains overnight and cook on the stove for a long time. The great news is that they are now making a quick cooking Farro (which I found at Trader Joe’s) that cooks without having to soak.
The Farro is complimented by the toasted walnuts and the olives add a briny, salty flavor. If you have nut allergies, you could substitute in some toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Adding in some red pepper flakes gives the salad a lovely kick, a little heat to warm to the soul! The scallions add flavor and a little more crunch, something I crave in a salad. The lemon brightens the salad and counteracts the sweetness from the golden raisins. It is really a wonderful combination of sweet and salty flavors in a simple and healthy way.