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Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Farro Salad {Farmer’s Market Friday}

by flavorthemoments on June 5, 2014

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Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Farro Salad is a fresh, satisfying salad with smoky grilled asparagus & lemon, fresh parsley, and shaved parmesan combined with hearty, nutty farro.  This salad is perfect as a side dish or makes a fresh,delicious meal all on its own!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Farmer’s Market Friday!  This week’s vegetable is none other than: asparagus. :)

grilled asparagus and lemon farro salad

Ahhh, asparagus….the vegetable I adore more than any other.  I’m the lone asparagus lover in my household.  My husband tolerates it because it’s good for him, and my kids give me faces when it’s on the table.  See — selfish me still serves it to my family at dinner knowing full well it’s really only there to please me.  Can you blame me?  There’s something about those fresh stalks and tender tips that are almost a luxury.  Even in season it’s quite costly at a minimum of $4.99/lb., but that doesn’t stop me.  There’s no price too high for my asparagus, because when I’m craving it, there is no substitute. :)

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Asparagus is pretty short-lived, between the months of February and June, which is why it was important for me to post this ASAP.  Of course you can get it when it’s not in season like anything else, but you’ll be paying an even heftier price tag (up to $8.00/lb.!) and it won’t be fresh because it’s been shipped in from a faraway location.  How can you tell if your asparagus is fresh?  I’m glad you asked. :)  The tips need to be nice and compact, and the asparagus should be heavy, which means it contains a lot of water — a sure sign of freshness.  If it’s light and shriveled-looking, it’s not worth your money.

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I’ve been on a farro kick for the past several months, and my husband is totally on board.  The kids are kind of on board, but they’re just going to have come out of their comfort zones and keep on trying it.  One day they’ll love it…I know it. ;)  I love farro because it’s so chewy and nutty, and it’s a nice gluten-free alternative to pasta.  There are so many fabulous grains out there to try, and farro is definitely one right up at the top of the list.  It’s perfect for salads such as this, and you can also use it as a stuffing for meat or vegetables wherever you use rice.  It cooks up in just 30 minutes, too.  I’ve gone on and on about farro like it’s the main attraction here, haven’t I?  I can hardly help it — it’s good stuff. :)

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Since asparagus is the star of this Farmer’s Market Friday post, let’s get back to that.  My all time favorite way to enjoy asparagus is to grill it.  Roasting is great too if you don’t want to fire up the grill — that’s totally your call.  Grilling gives it a smoky flavor that can’t be beat, however, so it depends on what kind of flavor you’re going for.  I figured I’d grill up the lemon, too, which was a nice touch!  Imagine a citrus pop with a smoky flavor, too, and that’s exactly what you get.  Just halve the lemon and place it cut side down on the grill until you see grill marks, and squeeze it all over in your farro salad with some extra virgin olive oil.  LOVE.

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I added plenty of chopped fresh parsley to this salad for maximum freshness, then the shaved parmesan came along to add a salty, nutty bite.  This salad has a combination that’s irresistible, and I happily ate it 3 days straight.  In fact, on Day 4, I was bummed that it was gone.  The farro will absorb the oil, so for best results, add a drizzle more over your leftovers.  This farro salad is a great way to highlight asparagus, and I was secretly thankful that everyone in my house isn’t as crazy about asparagus as I am.  That meant there was more for me. :)

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Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Farro Salad {Farmer’s Market Friday}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Farro Salad {Farmer’s Market Friday}

Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Farro Salad is a fresh, satisfying salad with smoky grilled asparagus & lemon, fresh parsley, and shaved parmesan combined with hearty, nutty farro. This salad is perfect as a side dish or makes a fresh,delicious meal all on its own!

Ingredients

1 cup farro, cooked according to package instructions

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

6 asparagus stalks, tough bottom part removed

1 medium lemon, zested, and halved width-wise

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper, to taste

shaved parmesan, for serving

Instructions

Preheat the grill. Toss the asparagus stalks in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the asparagus for 5 minutes, turning once, or until crisp-tender and slightly charred. While the asparagus is grilling, place the lemons cut-side down on the grill and cook until grill marks form, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place the cooked farro in a serving bowl. Cut the asparagus into 1" pieces on the bias. Add the asparagus, juice of the grilled lemon halves, lemon zest, parsley, remaining olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste to the farro and stir to combine. Serve warm with shaved parmesan. Enjoy!

Notes

The best way to remove the tough bottom stems from the asparagus is to leave the asparagus bunch in the rubber bands and cut off the bottom third of the whole bunch at once.

Total time above includes the cooking time for the farro, which is about 30 minutes. Grill the asparagus and lemon while it cooks or make it ahead for a quick 30 minute meal.

Leftover farro will absorb the olive oil and become dry, so drizzle a bit more as needed.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes June 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Yum! This salad is so perfect for summer and so pretty Marcie!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

Thank you, Jessica! Have a great weekend! :)

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments June 6, 2014 at 5:09 am

Wow. Asparagus is expensive in your area. We’re able to get it for $1.99 a lb in season here in PA. What area are you from Marcie?
Love that you eat and enjoy it even if you are alone. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the cheapest asparagus can be found is pretty much $2.99 but that’s rare. You’re so lucky it’s such a great price there, Melanie! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! :)

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

This is really stunning. I love the colors of this dish.
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

Thank you, Jocelyn, and have a great weekend! :)

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Mary Frances June 6, 2014 at 8:03 am

I will have to get some faro asap! I really like the sounds of nutty and chewy, and especially gluten free! Haha, yes, I was that kid who made faces when asparagus was served, but I’m learning to love it. Grilling makes everything better, I’m convinced!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

Grilling does make everything better, and I hope you get to try the farro! It’s so good. :)

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

This looks delicious! I’m going to the farmer’s market later today for the first time this year, so I might just have to pick up some asparagus to make this salad!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you, Gayle! Have a nice trip to the farmer’s market and hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

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whatjessicabakednext June 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

This looks amazing, Marcie!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

Thank you, Jessica! :)

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Helen @ Scrummy Lane June 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

I agree that asparagus seems like a luxury food. The taste is so delicate and I just love the tender slightly snappy texture of the tips. I tried farro for the first time a few days ago and was impressed, so now I can properly imagine the taste of this salad. It sounds delicious. Pinning this one to give it a try later!
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flavorthemoments June 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

Farro is such a nice alternative to pasta and quinoa, and I’m glad to hear you know what I’m talking about, Helen! Asparagus is certainly a luxury here for the price, but so worth it. Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for the pin! :)

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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Asparagus is my most very favorite vegetable on the planet. I’ve learned to never look at the price tag – regardless of what it costs – I just grab a bunch. When you like something and have to have it, you make it work! This looks amazing Marcie! Look @ it this way – if you’re family doesn’t like it – all the more for yourself. I say that alone is worth it!
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flavorthemoments June 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

That’s exactly how I look at it — glad you’re in my corner, Kristi!

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Kelly June 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

Asparagus is one of my favorites too and I can’t get enough of it when it’s in season :) Love that you are showcasing it with this farro salad. Everything looks so fresh and pretty and sounds perfect for spring and summer!

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flavorthemoments June 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Thanks so much, Kelly! Have yourself a great weekend!

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Ashley June 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Woot! You know I am totally on-board the farro train! haha I cannot get enough! This salad sounds amazing with the grilled asparagus and the lemon. My kind of dish! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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flavorthemoments June 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Thanks, Ashley, and I hope you’re enjoying your weekend as well! :)

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Kloe//Kloe's Kitchen June 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Oh my! I love asparagus and grilled sounds amazing! This is for me, Marcie!!!! ♥♥♥
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flavorthemoments June 9, 2014 at 6:55 am

I’d gladly give you some, Kloe! Have a wonderful Monday! :)

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Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven June 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

What a fresh and tasty-looking salad! Asparagus is pretty much my favorite veggie ever and I LOVE that you grilled it. :D Pinned!
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flavorthemoments June 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

Thank you, Sarah, and I appreciate the pin! :)

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Sarah & Arkadi June 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

we love asparagus also! lovely salad!
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flavorthemoments June 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

Asparagus is the best! Thanks you, Sarah! :)

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 June 10, 2014 at 2:30 am

I really need to try farro!I hear such good things about it. I love grilled asparagus so this looks like a good way to try.
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flavorthemoments June 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I’m seriously addicted to farro, and the grilled asparagus was so great with it! I hope you try it soon. :)

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Jamie@Milk N Cookies June 10, 2014 at 3:25 am

Asparagus is one of my all-time favorite veggies, as well. We’ve been stocking up (I almost wrote “stalking up”, haha!) since I know it’ll be gone soon. Now that I’ve got all this asparagus, and just bought some farro, I have a feeling I’ll be making this soon. The combination of bright flavors and different textures looks wonderful, Marcie!
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flavorthemoments June 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

That’s too funny, Jamie! You had me laughing with that “stalk” talk. :) Thanks, and have a great day!

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Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner June 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hi Marcie, I just clicked on this from Best of the Weekend and pleasantly pleased to see you and your recipe. This looks perfect for summer – thanks for sharing with us and pinned!
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flavorthemoments June 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

Thanks for the pin, Deb, and for hosting such a great party! :)

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Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling June 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

This dish looks amazing! I love asparagus but have never tried farro….I think that need to change!
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flavorthemoments June 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

Farro is so great! I hope you give it a try, Cathy! Thanks, and have a great rest of the weekend. :)

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Jocelyn@BruCrew Life June 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Your recipes are always so awesome, Marcie!! I love this dish! Everything sounds so fresh and amazing! :)
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flavorthemoments June 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thank you, Jocelyn! I hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

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