Monday, January 7, 2013

Farro Salad

If you haven't heard of farro, you might've been living in a cave! It seems to be the most talked about grain of late. In fact, farro has been around a long time. Packed with protein and all sorts of whole grain goodness, farro is a nice alternative to quinoa, couscous or barley. Many stores offer quick-cooking versions of the grain that cook up in 10 minutes. I bought a couple little bags from Trader Joe's and then whipped up a farro salad for dinner that knocked my socks off! I will be making this salad again and again.

Farro Salad
1 cup cooked farro
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (pecans or almonds would work here)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs vinegar (I used an orange champagne vinegar - YUM!)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and mustard until an emulsion forms. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Combine the farro, feta, cranberries and walnuts. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top of the salad and stir lightly to combine. Serve.

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