Farro Salad with chickpeas, tomatoes and figs

I love salads and am always looking for different salads to spice up our dinner table.  Salads are so easy to make, can be done ahead and go with all different types of dishes.  I'm particularly fond of Farro which has a nice nutty taste and should be cooked al dente to retain some crunchiness.  I combined Farro with some of my favorite ingredients to make this sensational salad of Farro, chickpeas, tomatoes and figs.

Farro Salad with chickpeas, tomatoes and figs

4 cups water
11/2 cup Farro
1 can chickpeas drained(reserve liquid)
1 bunch scallions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

1/4 cup olive oil
juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Tahini
1 tablespoon reserve liquid from chickpeas

3 fresh figs slice and grilled

Salad:   Combine water and Farro in sauce pan bringing to boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and place in serving bowl.  Add the remaining salad ingredients tossing to mix.

Dressing:  Add all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.  Pour over salad tossing gently until mixed. 

Lightly brush figs with olive oil and grill 2 minutes on each side.  Place on top of salad.

Served chilled.



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