Few things are more delicious than fried shallots. They’re packed with flavor, and add a much-needed crunch to your grain salad. Not only that, but they infuse the oil that’s used for the dressing!
- 1 c. whole-grain farro
- 2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Large shallot, very thinly sliced
- 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 c. lightly packed arugula
- 1 Green apple, chopped
- 1/2 c. shaved Parmesan
- 1/4 c. freshly chopped basil
- 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 c. toasted pecans, roughly chopped
- In a medium saucepan, combine farro, vegetable broth, salt, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, until farro is tender and no broth remains, about 30 minutes. When farro is cooked, transfer to a large bowl to cool.
- In the meantime, make fried shallots: in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine oil and shallots. When the shallots begin to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove shallots from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt. Let oil cool.
- Make dressing: in a medium bowl, combine the cooled olive oil with vinegar, mustard, and honey and season with salt and pepper.
Assemble salad: combine cooked farro, crispy shallots, arugula, apple, parmesan, basil, parsley, and pecans. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.