This was inspired by a little antipasti I had at Piccino in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. This was also my first time making a gremolata and I’m so excited about the possibilities of this delicious and super adaptable condiment! At its most basic, a gremolata is condiment consisting of lemon zest, parsley and garlic. It always has lemon zest, and most of the time has parsley and garlic, but other than that, the possibilities are endless. This version of gremolata uses toasted almonds, lemon juice and zest and a bunch of fresh parsley.
Tangent – why does parsley get such a bad wrap as something that only belongs on the side of your plate as an afterthought garnish? Parsley is delicious, y’all! Especially in this gremolata!
This was also my first time using farro! What a delicious little grain! The best way I can describe it is “the dinner version of oatmeal”. That’s not accurate, but until I come up with a better way to describe it, that’s what we’re going with. It’s more texture than quinoa or a brown rice and does an excellent job of picking up the flavors that surround it. It’s my new favorite grain! I used 10-minute farro from Trader Joe’s – if you can’t find the quick cooking version, just follow the directions on your package. Also, you can substitute quinoa or barley. But try to find the farro, k? Worse comes to worst, grab some on The Amazons.
While your broccoli is roasting, make the farro.
Finally, the gremolata. You can make this while the farro is cooking.
Put it all together!
Roasted Broccolini and Farro Salad with Almond Gremolata
makes 4 servings
1 lb broccolini
3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 cup farro
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
zest of one lemon
Preheat oven to 425F.
Rinse and pat dry broccolini and trim any tough stems. Toss with enough olive oil to coat (~3 tbsp or so), garlic and season with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and roast for 35-40 minutes, tossing half way through to ensure even browning.
While the broccolini is roasting, prepare the farro and the almond gremolata.
for the farro
Prepare the farro according to package directions, replacing water with chicken stock (the ratio of farro to liquid is 1:2). Set aside and let cool.
for the almond gremolata
In a heavy-bottomed pan, lightly toast almonds over medium heat. Toasting nuts can go downhill fast, so keep a close eye to ensure the almonds don’t burn. Once nicely browned and fragrant, set aside and let cool. Once cool, crush almonds into small pieces with a mortar and pestle (or crush by placing the almonds in a Zip Lock and smash with a heavy bottomed pan).
Using a mortar and pestle or the side of a wide knife, mash garlic clove along with 1/2 tsp of salt until a paste forms. Place the garlic paste in a bowl and add in lemon juice and vinegar. Set aside and let the flavors marry for 10 minutes.
Add in olive oil, parsley, almonds and the zest of one lemon and stir to combine.
put it all together
Make a nice pile of farro in the middle of your serving dish. Top with broccolini and sprinkle with gremolata. Can be served warm or room temperature. Enjoy!
For my carnivorous friends, I like to add sliced leftover chicken breast to this and make a meal out of it.