Seared squid with farro and chorizo salad recipe

A bright and colourful salad just bursting with spring flavour

Serves: 6

Ingredients

100 g farro

1 blood orange (or navel orange), segmented and the juice squeezed from the remaining membrane

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime

1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced

200 g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small red onion, finely sliced

3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt flakes and freshly ground pepper

200 g chorizo, thinly sliced

Rice bran oil, for frying

500 g cleaned squid, tube cut into 4-cm pieces and tentacles separated and trimmed into short lengths

1 handful of basil leaves, chopped

1 handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1 handful of mint leaves, chopped

1 small handful of rocket

1 small handful of dandelion leaves (optional)

Method

1. Cook the farro in simmering water for about 45 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to cool.

2. Once the farro has cooled, add the blood orange, blood orange juice, lime zest and juice, chilli, tomatoes, onion and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season and toss to combine.

3. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Cook the chorizo until it colours slightly and then tip into the farro mix.

4. Heat the frying pan until it’s almost smoking and add a little rice bran oil.

5. Season the squid and cook in batches – if you crowd the pan, the squid will stew and you won’t pick up any colour – for about 1 minute or until just cooked. Add the squid to the farro along with the herbs and leaves, drizzle over the remaining olive oil, toss well and serve.

Recipe from The Blue Ducks’ Real Food by Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy, available now from Pan Macmillan Australia.

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