Farro Salad with Griddled Aubergine

A light, sherry vinaigrette brings this salad to life.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
200g farro
3 Japanese (baby) aubergines, halved
1 small red onion, peeled, halved, and thickly sliced
Olive oil, for brushing
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced in half
4 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Sherry Vinaigrette, recipe follows

For the sherry vinaigrette

1 small shallot, finely chopped
60ml sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped fresh dill
120ml olive oil

Cook farro in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl.

Heat griddle to high. While the farro is cooking, brush the aubergine and onion slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Griddle for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Remove from the griddle and cut into 2 1/2 cm dice.

Add the aubergine and onions to the farro along with the tomatoes and dill. Pour sherry vinegar over the farro mixture and stir to combine.

Garnish with additional dill. Best served at room temperature.

To make the sherry vinegar:

Whisk together the shallot, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and dill in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified.

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