Farro Chopped Salad -One salad that can even be considered a meal because it is packed with healthy veggies and whole grain!
I have only cooked with farro a few times and most of that has been in soups. I use the quick cooking (Italian) variety to bulk up a simple vegetable soup or beef stew (think beef and barley).
This week, because I am on such a roll, I made my popular Summer Vegetable Chopped Salad but I made a few changes due to what I had on hand. I liked these changes. This revamped winter salad is going to have some appearances in a few of my upcoming local cooking demonstrations I think. It’s share worthy!
The reason I shook things up a bit were due to the fact that I wanted to incorporate what was readily available at the store NOW (in January), use the bags of farro I had just sitting in the pantry (I had 3), I have lemons coming out the ears and more bags and cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) than one family can consume in a year. Thus- farro chopped salad was born.
Farro is a grain that is high in fiber and protein so it makes what could be deemed as ordinary become something that makes an excellent meat replacement in a salad (if you are looking for that sort of thing). I wanted to make a filling salad that kept me in line with my calorie goals for the day and I was not disappointed.
I used a combination of veggies that also pack a nutritional punch, threw in a bit of contrast with the chickpeas, some saltiness with the chopped green olives, smooth texture with the goat (or feta) cheese all bound together in a lemony dressing. Feel free to modify as you please- as long as you keep the amounts even ex) 1 C of chopped celery in place of 1 C chopped red pepper, then this will work out just fine. My last piece of advice is this: A good chopped salad needs to have variety, and each component needs to be chopped about the same size. It makes for a better bite, don’t you think?
Please weigh in below in the comments section. Have you ever tried farro? Are you a fan of chopped salads?
I would love to know what you think of this farro chopped salad!