Recipe: Farro Salad with Armenian Cucumber, Nectarines, Hazelnuts, Sherry Vinaigrette

Thanks to our friend Chef Kristin Cole for this delicious recipe. Check out her website at

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1 c farro
2.5 c vegetable broth
Armenian cucumber, cut in half lengthwise & into 1 in pieces 2 nectarines, cut into thin slices
1/4 c hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
1/4 c mint, cut into thin ribbons
1/4 c olive oil, divided
2 T sherry vineger
1 t honey
2 t dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste


Rinse farro once before adding to a pot of vegetable broth. I recommend one part farro to 2.5 parts liquid. Let it come to a boil and reduce heat, allowing it to simmer steadily for 20-30 min, until al dente. Drain farro and set aside to cool. Add a swirl of olive oil and mix thoroughly to prevent sticking.

Meanwhile, toast whole hazelnuts in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) for 10-15 min. Remove and wrap in a towel to steam for one minute. Rub nuts to remove loose skins. Chop coarsely.

To make vinaigrette, put olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt & pepper in a mason jar and give it a good shake. Taste and season accordingly. Pour 2/3 of dressing over farro in a large bowl and mix.

Toss cucumbers, nectarines, mint, hazelnuts and remaining dressing with the farro. Garnish with extra herbs or edible flowers.

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