By: Catherine Zymaris
Being in the depths of winter, light and healthy dinner options are few and far between. Between heavy potato dishes and rich meat stews, a meal that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions seems out of reach. Never fear, farro is here! This versatile grain is simple to make and provides a blank canvas that you can customize to your specific tastes and preferences. Combine cooked farro with beans or lentils, and you’ll create a complete meal with all the protein, vitamins, and minerals your body needs! It also keeps very in well in the refrigerator with leftovers getting better as they sit. Farro salad is the perfect way to get out of the mid-winter dinner funk!
Here are some flavor combinations to try!
Southwest Farro Salad: Cook farro according to package directions. Combine cooked farro, corn kernels, black beans, diced red onion, and chopped avocado. Toss with a dressing of lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of Tabasco! Garnish with cilantro and a little more avocado.
Raspberry/Walnut Farro Salad: Combine cooked farro with toasted chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chopped celery, and sliced scallions. Toss with your favorite bottled raspberry salad dressing and garnish with some of the toasted walnuts and a few raspberries.
Asian Farro Salad (pictures shown): Combine cooked farro, steamed chopped broccoli, chopped string beans, strips of red bell pepper, and chopped scallions. Toss with a dressing of olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Garnish with extra scallions and roasted peanuts.
I’m Catherine and I am an avid foodie and first-year graduate student in Nutrition Science and Dietetics at Syracuse University! I love to spend my time cooking, baking, writing my food blogs, and traveling the world. Follow me on Twitter at @CMZymaris!