Friday, 12 February 2016

Farro and Roasted Veg Salad with Merguez Sausages

I have a hankering for roasted veg last week and so I made a salad. It was delicious without much effort!

Farro and Roasted Veg Salad with Merguez Sausages (adapted from Jamie Oliver)
(Serves 8)

400g farro or bulgar wheat
5 courgettes, halved lengthways, sliced
2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and thickly sliced
1 red onion, peeled and cut into chunks
2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
2 aubergines, cut into chunks
4 cloves garlic,  peeled
extra virgin olive oil
8 merguez sausages
splash herb or white wine vinegar
1 good bunch fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, basil, mint and oregano, chopped
1 squeeze lemon juice
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 200ÂșC. Soak the farro or bulgar wheat in cold water for 20 mins, then drain.

Put all the vegetables and garlic cloves into a roasting trat and toss together with a good splash of oil. Season well. Spread the vegetables out in one layer. Roast in the oven for 30 to 40 mins, removing the trays from the oven and carefully shaking them every now and then, until the vegetables are cooked through and crisp around the edges. Sprinkle the vinegar over the vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven and set aside to cool.

With 20 mins to go, put the merguez sausages into the oven on a baking sheet. When cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool. Chop into bite-size pieces.

Meanwhile cook the farro according to packet instructions. Dress the farro with a good splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, add the herbs, season with salt and pepper and toss with the roast vegetables and merguez. Pack into a lunchbox or serve.

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