Farro with Preserved Lemon, Feta, Mint, and Hazelnuts

If you’re looking for a great grain dish that can serve as either a tasty vegetarian entree or a smaller portioned appetizer before the main course, this farro dish will deliver a fresh new flavor while highlighting your favorite Italian extra virgin olive oil. If you’re not familiar with farro already, it’s a grain blend with a long history in the ancient world, and it’s been preserved in a few regions as part of the culture since then. It’s starting to get attention internationally, and since it’s made of a specific blend of wheat varieties, it uses a grain that’s already in wide production.

Sweet and Savory Gourmet Italian Ingredients

The recipe calls for a blend of sweet and savory gourmet Italian ingredients, and it all prepares in a little less than forty-five minutes, making it easy to put together alone or as part of a larger meal. It’s designed to serve 10-12 as a side. You’ll get the best results from the best ingredients, so remember to choose carefully and to make sure you have your favorite premium organic extra virgin olive oil from Lucini Italia Co.

Recipe Summary

Recipe Servings: 10-12 portions
Recipe Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Cook Time: 30 minutes


4 cups farro
1 – 2 preserved lemons, seeded and diced
1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsely
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup Lucini® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil®
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
1/4 cup crumbled feta
Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Add four cups of semi-pearled Farro to a large sauce pot and add 10 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook about 20-30 minutes, until tender. Drain if necessary.

Combine farro with all other ingredients and season to taste.

Serve warm or cold.

A dark bowl with a fork and a portion of farro tossed with feta, lemon, pomegranate molasses, and the other recipe ingredients.


As the Signature Chef at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Chef Juile Frans oversees the culinary concept throughout the hotel, with a focus on the hotel's signature restaurant Essensia Restaurant & Lounge. In her position Frans is responsible for the creation and execution of all restaurant menus, lounge and pool menus. Truly dedicated to providing products that are both good for the body and the environment, Frans culinary philosophy is completely in line with The Palms "inspired by nature" philosophy, reflecting a passion for healthier and whole food living. Her cuisine is inventive, globally-inspired and flavorful. At Essensia, menus follow a farm-to-table approach, offering a varied seasonal selection of global dishes made with premium ingredients and locally sourced produce, meats and seafood. Quarterly seasonal wine dinners, in cooperation with some of South Florida's finest purveyors of farm-fresh produce, are the highlight of Frans execution of Essensia's culinary concept.