It’s the time of year for showers, picnics, and other fun gatherings. So, this is also the time of year I create a new salad to serve for these joyful occasions. So, what’s in my new salad? Well, it’s a farro salad. But it’s way beyond just that. It’s full of refreshing ingredients, intriguing textures, lots of nutrition, and pops of color. It’s totally not one of those salad afterthoughts … it’ll be the star of the plate!
I’m giddy once my spring cleaning is done. The same thing happens when I spring clean anything edible found in my kitchen. And since I’m a huge advocate of preventing food waste, I’m basically giddy x 2 when I have a clean kitchen and no waste! So, here’s how this “clean” recipe came to be.
I’m a big, BIG noodle fan! They’re such a fun food. This cool bowl of noodles is no exception. You can make it with any variety you like. And there are sooo many types available today. When doing a cold salad like this, I find that whole-wheat or brown rice noodles offer the best texture. But when you want a boo punch of plant-based protein, you can make it with a pulse pasta like I did her. That’s red lentil spaghetti you see.
I’m a big fan of grain sides and salads … especially when farro is the grain of choice. Grain salads are usually heartier and more satisfying than leafy salads. And this recipe is definitively satisfying! Farro is an ancient grain, yet it’s ideal on your thoroughly modern table. If not familiar with it, it’s got a slight nutty taste and a delightfully chewy texture. You’ll adore it as a base for this dish. Here it’s ideal for fall through early spring as it features prunes and lightly caramelized butternut squash for a punch of produce and a touch of sweet. (Hint: The prunes provide gut and bone health benefits!) It’s perfectly paired with pecans, scallions, and a generous amount of...
I’ve been a member of the chickpea “fan club” ever since I was a kid. OK, so not really! But I guess that’s one thing that can happen when you have a Lebanese mother who was an amazing cook (and caterer)! No complaints here … my nutritionist self loves that these pulses offer plenty of protein and fiber. Though, if my mother were still around, she’d probably be a bit bewildered by all of my non-traditional chickpea concoctions. This is one of those.