Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad

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Derek likes, I love. I mean really LOVE. This salad helped us fall in love with farro, and now we keep several cooked cups in the fridge for sides and quick salads when we’re in a pinch. This recipe is from a Soho restaurant, Charlie Bird, via The New York Times. We’ve been meaning to stop by, but with being able to throw this together in Greenpoint and save the $16 per dish at the restaurant, it may be a while. I hope you’ll try it!


1 cup farro
1 cup apple cider
2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
2 bay leaves
8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
70 grams Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler (1/2 cup)
70 grams chopped pistachio nuts (1/2 cup)
2 cups arugula leaves
1 cup parsley or basil leaves, torn
1 cup mint leaves
3/4 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced radish
Maldon or other flaky sea salt, for finishing


1. In a medium saucepan, bring farro, apple cider, salt, bay leaves and 2 cups water to a simmer. Simmer until farro is tender and liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes. If all the liquid evaporates before the farro is done, add a little more water. Let farro cool, then discard bay leaves.

2. In a salad bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Add farro, cheese and pistachio nuts and mix well. This salad base will keep for up to 4 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator (bring to room temperature before serving). Just before serving, fold in arugula, herbs, tomatoes, radish and flaky salt to taste.

Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad

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