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Italian Farro with Walnuts and Chard

31 October

Serves 6

Side dishes perhaps implies a dish that is less important, but a sensational side can make a beautiful plate that is satisfying and delicious. Side dishes, I salute you!

2 3/4 cups stock of choice
8 ounces Italian farro or grain of choice
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup coarsely chopped Swiss chard
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Bring stock, farro, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Sometimes I like to season the salad with a sprinkle of olive oil and a generous squeeze of lemon to make it pop!