This was just ok; I found it a bit salty and a whole cup of parsley to be a bit much. However it was an interesting blend of flavors and made for a nice light dinner, paired with a chilled watermelon-mint soup. And the leftovers might taste better once the flavors meld. I don't know if I would make this again; maybe with less salt and parsely and another herb or spice added, and possibly with goat or feta crumbles.
Summer Pea, Watermelon, and Farro Salad
detailaddict Posted: 07/12/11
CindyCA Posted: 08/16/11
I love this recipe. I made it for the first time 3 weekends ago; and have made every weekend since. I served "as is" not over anything. It kept in refrigerator for 3 days still fresh. Maybe decrease parsley a bit if you don't love fresh parsley. I did not find too salty. I used the farro (italian pearled) and it cooked quickly; then I added frozen fresh peas for about a minute to the water for the week I did not have fresh. Really it is well worth the few minutes prep for a healthy salad all weekend to eat. My husband loved it too. I'm about to send the recipe to all my sisters for the new school year. Great in a lunch box if you had a cooling pack.
Contikicarrie Posted: 07/17/11
I agree with @detailaddict; this recipe was a bit too salty for our family. I used wheatberries (which took an hour and 40 minutes to cook!). Next time I would eliminate the salt entirely, and I would try mint instead of parsley, along with a slightly more mellow cheese; perhaps straight parm or peccorino.
sprky182 Posted: 07/26/11
This was not very flavorful. I served it over spinach and tossed it with the dressing from the CL Spinach-Watermelon salad and it was still very bland. It is missing something.
FaeWon Posted: 09/18/11
We found this salad to be pretty good, but missing something, as it was on the bland side. I cut the amount of parsley to 1/4 c. and for crunch I added 1/2 cup diced jicama, then took another farro salad recipe from CL, modified it a bit and added it. This provided just the right punch. Here is the dressing recipe I used: Farro salad dressing • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 garlic clove, minced • Small pinch red pepper flakes Combine ingredients, stir well with a whisk. Add to farro mixture.
RZ02129 Posted: 06/10/13
This recipe has become an old standby for me as it's always a hit with family and friends. The ingredients go together beautifully and it's the perfect fresh, light dish for the summer. I've never needed to add anything and the flavors will enhance if you let it chill for a few hours before serving.
satxdc99 Posted: 07/12/12
I haven't made this recipe yet but definitely will. I love farro. I saw some of the reviews that mentioned it was bland and was "missing" something. I will follow the recipe and add red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil as well as coarse ground pepper. That is usually the basic recipe I use for farro and then add a variation of veggies.
ktbibou95 Posted: 07/09/14
I just made my first batch of this Recipe. I used Locally Grown Wheat Berries and they only took 22 minutes to cook. Then I turned off the Gas Heat and Tossed in my Fresh Shucked Peas (since I want my Peas to be crisp). I just placed this into a Container and into the Fridge for Cooling and Flavor Melding. Next I will Cube up my Fresh Watermelon, and Toss it with the 1/3 Cup of Dried Parsley (since I don't have enough Fresh Parsley growing right now to make a Cup), and Combine this into the Wheat Berries Mixture. The Fresh Wheat Berries are very flavorful and a must! Also, I plan on using an Extra Aged Parmesan Cheese to Top it off.
jsharp5 Posted: 08/07/13
Loved this but did not use salt as I rarely do in recipes I am not a huge parsley fan so I cut it back a bit I think if you chopped it finely it would be great! Def will make again great summer dish