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Here we have a favourite of Francesca’s that Belinda (co-owner) and James (Executive Chef and co-owner) sent us.
Farro can be bought from The Mediterranean Market in Queenstown and Wanaka.

“This farro salad is a great dish because it is easy to make but is absolutely delicious. It goes very well with grilled fish or chicken and would be a lovely Spring dish if you wanted to use this a little later in the year.
Farro is an ancient grain similar to bulghur wheat and has been used by the Italians for years.” (Belinda)

Thank you Francesca’s!
93 Ardmore Street
03 443 5599

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen’s Farro salad 
Serves 4-6 people

300g farro
60g currants
½ small red onion, finely chopped
1 bunch of fresh Italian parsley, thinly sliced
20 leaves of fresh mint, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
60g sliced almonds, lightly toasted (place on a tray in a medium oven for couple of minutes to toast)
1 medium red chilli finely chopped, seeds removed

Simmer the farro in unsalted water for about 20-25 minutes or until the farro is just cooked.
Drain and allow to cool.
Once cooled, add the farro to a large bowl with all of the other ingredients and mix together. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, transfer to a serving bowl and serve.