Farro, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad

If you have been reading my blog for a little bit, you may already know how much I like to shop the bulk bins at the store. This salad is actually a result of such shopping! I had come across several blogs posting about this new grain called farro. Farro is an ancient grain in the same family as wheat. When cooked, it reminds me a lot of wheat berries since it stays satisfyingly chewy after cooking and has a bit of a nutty flavor. Some use it as a substitute for rice in dishes – even risotto!

Farro, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad | Dietitian Debbie Dishes

When I am getting tired of my standard salad of leafy greens and beans, I like to try out a new grain based one. Grain based salads are great for busy work weeks because I can make up a big salad on the weekend and just portion out individual servings each day. If you can’t find farro at a store near you, feel free to substitute with brown rice, quinoa, or wheat berries.

Farro, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad | Dietitian Debbie Dishes

Farro, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad
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Farro adds a delightfully chewy addition to this grain based salad that is packed with flavor.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • For the Farro:
  • 1 Cup Farro
  • 2½ Cups Water or Vegetable Broth
  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup (optional)
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • For the Salad:
  • 4 Cups Arugula
  • 2 Ounces Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  1. To make the farro, heat the water and farro together in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the farro is chewy but no longer hard. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place all the dressing ingredients into a jar and shake well to combine.
  3. To make the salad, place the farro, tomatoes, cheese, and arugula in a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss to coat.

 Farro, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad

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