Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Strawberry Tomato Farro Salad Recipe

First there were cherry tomatoes, then the cute and tiny grape tomatoes. Now, they've got strawberry tomatoes.

I found these so-called strawberry tomatoes (maybe they should be called "strawmatoes"?) at Trader Joe's, so I decided to check them out. They don't have a strawberry flavor. They get their name simply because the shape supposedly looks like a strawberry. I guess, if you squint really close. They do have a brilliant red color.

Since it's summer, I ended up using these tomatoes in a simple salad using one of my favorite ingredients, farro. They taste like cherry tomatoes, and really when you cut them up, nobody sees the strawberry shape any more. Well, cute name. Got me to buy a packet.

Copyright 2011 by Cooking With the Single Guy

1.5 cups farro
9 oz strawberry tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), about 1.5 cups
1 can of pinto beans, cooked (15 oz.), drain and rinse
1 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 T Dijon mustard
1 T sugar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add some salt, then add the farro and simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked. Add the pinto beans and let cook to warm through, about 2 minutes. Then drain all the ingredients. Pour everything into a large bowl, then add tomatoes and basil.

In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together and then add to farro salad and toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Liz said...

ooo... this looks like the perfect summer recipe!

Passionate Eater said...

When they call a tiny tomato a "grape tomato" or "strawberry tomato," they make it seem much more appealing! Looks great, Chef Ben!

Anonymous said...

Great picture of the strawberry tomato. Never heard of farro. I will google it.

Hungry Dog said...

Interesting. I haven't seen these yet (or maybe I did and didn't know they were specifically "strawberry tomatoes"?) There are certainly a brilliant red. Lovely for an end of summer dinner! Oh, and I adore farro.

Carolyn Jung said...

A perfect salad to showcase summer tomatoes. Sigh, only a few more weeks before they'll be gone for the season, too. Sigh. Summer is just flying by.

Anonymous said...

Um, I'd like to place ten order of this, please! Wow, that looks delicious!