Use up whole radishes and their greens in this melt-in-your-mouth farro salad

Buy radishes with their greens attached, and they'll add even more interest to this grain dish

Joe Yonan
Monday 26 April 2021 10:58

Heat mellows the bite of radishes, turning them a little sweeter. This dish combines them with their own greens plus grains and a balsamic drizzle.

Make ahead: The farro can be cooked and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months before use.

Storage: The finished dish can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost and rewarm on the hob or microwave, or serve at room temperature.

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Butter-braised radishes and radish greens with farro

Total time: 40 mins

Makes: 4 servings


200g farro, rinsed

450g radishes with greens

2 tbsp unsalted butter (may substitute vegan butter)

120ml vegetable stock

½ tsp fine sea salt, plus more to taste

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

60ml (4 tbsp) balsamic vinegar

75g crumbled feta cheese

1 to 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the farro, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the farro is tender but still pleasantly chewy, about 30 minutes. Drain the farro, cover and keep warm over low heat.

While the farro is simmering, trim the greens from the radishes. Rinse the radishes, and wash and dry the greens. Coarsely chop the greens and cut the radishes in half.

In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the radishes in a single layer, cut sides down, and cook, undisturbed, until the bottoms start to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir, then add the broth, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid is at a simmer, cover, and cook until the radishes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Uncover, return the heat to medium-high, and stir in the radish greens. Cook until they wilt and the liquid reduces slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the farro and toss to combine.

Drizzle with the vinegar, sprinkle with the feta and parsley, and serve warm.

Nutrition information | calories: 300; total fat: 11g; saturated fat: 6g; cholesterol: 32mg; sodium: 557mg; carbohydrates: 42g; dietary fibre: 5g; sugar: 4g; protein: 9g.

Adapted from ‘The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook’ by Linda Ly (Harvard Common Press, 2021).

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