CookingLight diet CookingLight diet
Jennifer Causey
Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
29 Hours 25 Mins
Yield
Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Our salad update is a spectacular platter of tomatoes treated in all the ways that make the most of their flavor: pickled, roasted, and left raw. It does involve a few steps, but you can fry the farro and pickle the green tomatoes a few days in advance to get ahead.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine vinegar, 1 cup water, dill sprigs, sugar, and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.

Step 2

Place green tomato slices in a 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar. Pour hot vinegar mixture over tomato slices. Cover with lid; chill 1 to 3 days.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°F. Place grape tomatoes on a parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and toss to coat. Arrange tomato halves cut sides up. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 200°F until very soft and dehydrated, about 5 hours. Cool tomatoes to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Heat canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. When oil is very hot but not yet smoking, add cooked farro. Cook, stirring often, until very crispy, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer farro to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Let stand 30 seconds; sprinkle with paprika.

Step 5

Drain green tomatoes; discard liquid. Arrange green tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes on a serving platter. Top with roasted grape tomatoes. Whisk together apple cider vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and honey in a small bowl. Drizzle tomatoes with dressing, and sprinkle with salt, shallots, torn dill, and fried farro.

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