02 Nov2009


It’s been several years since my last post using the wonderful and ancient grain called farro, here. I had a couple of cups of uncooked farro in the pantry and decided to make another version of the salad, to be served at an evening meal as a foil to a salty, crisp fried duck confit.


The grains look a bit like barley, and they possess a unique texture and flavor to them that is both satisfying and healthy. They are an excellent vehicle for other flavors as well. For details on how to cook the farro, go to the previous post in the link above. To the cooked and slightly cooled farro, I added the following ingredients to taste: chopped very ripe and de-seeded tomatoes, chopped marinated artichokes, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped olives, sliced red onion, good extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, salt and freshly ground pepper. If you have flat leaf Italian parsley that would be good too…


The resulting salad was absolutely delicious. And it was the perfect foil for a salty crisp and very rich leg of duck confit. I served this at room temperature, but the salad is also good chilled. For the dinner we also put blanched and buttered sugar snap peas. An easy, unusual, elegant meal with minimum fuss and muss…




  1. denise says:

    hmm not sure if I had farro before but it looks familiar…

    btw MM, the old post is not linked yet :)

    Nov 2, 2009 | 5:30 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    denise, thanks, I have linked to the old post now.

    Nov 2, 2009 | 6:02 pm

  4. Johnny says:

    MM serve that chicken on top of farro, then pinoy here in the middle east will call it kabsa. masarap especially eaten with spicy leaves . nakakatuwa kasi first timer like me will comment on the long grain of rice. SAbi parang maggot pero masarap tsaka kamayan kasi.

    Nov 2, 2009 | 7:20 pm

  5. lookie says:

    MM, did you make the duck confit?

    Nov 2, 2009 | 7:59 pm

  6. attybubba says:

    yummy looking as usual.

    if you cooked the duck confit (which is in all likelihood a “yes”) can you be so good to do a separate post?

    Nov 2, 2009 | 8:21 pm

  7. Marketman says:

    Sorry to disappoint, but we bought the confit and just fried it at home. :) And btw, pre-prepared confit can be quite good as it is well-preserved in the duck fat… Sister makes her own confit.

    Nov 2, 2009 | 8:22 pm

  8. risa says:

    I also noticed the other side dish. Are those sugar snap peas? I absolutely fell in love with haricots vert- just steamed with mustard on the side. Really lovely. So I’m on the search for other greens…

    Nov 2, 2009 | 10:49 pm

  9. psychomom says:

    this is a shout out for help and totally out of topic. so sorry MM. i need help!! have about 4-5 pounds of beautiful tomatoes and would like to make the tomato pesto that i read in betty q’s comments several posts back. she mentioned that her husband got a jar and she found a way to make it. it required slow oven drying of the tomatoes. i have been frantically scouring the archives for that recipe. anybody please help before my tomatoes go bad. thank you in advance.

    Nov 2, 2009 | 11:02 pm

  10. risa says:

    Hi psychomom. The post is here:


    Comment 17. Happy jarring!

    Nov 2, 2009 | 11:12 pm

  11. Vicky Go says:

    Would sister be so kind as to share her recipe for home made duck confit?

    Nov 3, 2009 | 12:58 am

  12. Vic says:

    Great food here. I though I am having finance and economics when I visited. But ohhh, Yes there is…this is market.

    Ancient grain seems to be interesting…

    Nov 3, 2009 | 1:12 am

  13. psychomom says:

    Risa MWAH MWAH TSUP TSUP!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!! never thought to look at the rambutan post. you saved my day and my tomatoes :)

    Nov 3, 2009 | 1:17 am

  14. Linda says:

    I see that you’re also curious, adventurous and an explorer when it comes to food just like me. Have you tried “Quinoa” (pronounced —keen-wa). They say this grain is high in protein and fiber but low on carbs. This will be good for anybody wathching their diet.

    Btw, this is my first time to hear about farro. You can bet that I will be checking on it.

    Nov 3, 2009 | 1:24 am

  15. Marketman says:

    Linda, I have seen quinoa in the groceries and eaten it in restaurants, but haven’t cooked it at home yet… risa, thanks for helping psychomom out. :)

    Nov 3, 2009 | 7:10 am

  16. Divina says:

    That looks great. I love the duck confit too. Mr MM, where do you buy your farro?

    Nov 3, 2009 | 9:26 am

  17. atbnorge says:

    I am a chicken when it comes to eating duck and yet I like balot (maybe because I euphemise it as eating an egg). I had a pet black duck with the white stripe on the neck when I was a kid. It followed me everywhere I went. Then one day, it disappeared. Mother just said maybe some bad dog ate it. I never thought Dak-Dak would have been that delicious “chicken” dish we ate roundabout the day my pet disappeared. Up to now, I still can’t stomach the idea of eating duck. I have just about all the ingredients above, including the flat leaf parsley because the plant hasn’t wilted after the few nights of frost. I’ll pass the duck and go for turkey. This can be a very nice Sunday lunch.

    Nov 4, 2009 | 2:26 am

  18. joanie says:

    i love farro salad, especially during summer. I normally use the ingredients you mentioned above except for the chopped marinated artichokes and put roasted beets instead. But will definitely try artichoke next time

    Nov 4, 2009 | 9:52 am

  19. Marketman says:

    Joanie, roasted beets sounds like another great addition. I suspect roasted peppers would also be a nice addition… atbnorge, I know what you mean, I didn’t eat dinuguan for many many years as a result of childhood incident. :(

    Nov 4, 2009 | 10:07 am

  20. Miguel says:

    I had Farro last week during a trip to Italy. Didnt know they had it here. It was quite similar to the one you made..very good

    Nov 5, 2009 | 8:46 pm

  21. Maki says:

    wow.. this one looks good… i thought they were beans but they really are rice.. LOL

    Nov 5, 2009 | 10:12 pm

  22. pia says:

    did you get your farro here in manila? would you know where i can buy farro here? also quinoa (apart from healthy options)?

    Mar 10, 2011 | 10:31 pm

  23. Marketman says:

    pia, unfortunately I did not. Purchased it on a trip abroad. It’s fairly abundant in Italy, and harder to find in places like the U.S.

    Mar 11, 2011 | 4:46 am


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