My mom makes the most incredible Farro salad. Farro is a wheat grain similar to barley or wheatberries, but I would liken it more to quinoa for its ability to take on flavor well. This particular recipe is very loose — it calls for “fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, basil, and tarragon” and “feta or goat cheese”. I laughed when I first saw this… these herbs and cheeses have such different tastes, but I promise, no matter which you use, your salad will come out delicious.
My mom’s version has basil, parsley, and tarragon (when we have it) and feta cheese. I will admit that she did all of the work this time, unless reading the directions counts as helping out. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite side dishes and a great alternative to a green salad.