I have been a bit slow about posting new recipes lately. Spring has been full of travel and distractions (aka visiting grand babies). That said, I do believe this delicious Apple and Farro Salad makes the wait worth every second! 
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Apple and Farro Salad on white platter

The Apple and Farro Salad:

This salad is made with baby greens, sweet red apples, nutty farro, salty Manchego cheese, creamy avocado, tangy dried cranberries and dates! Manchego is a somewhat soft cheese from Spain and is a favorite of mine to serve alongside charcuterie. Marcona almonds are blanched almonds in olive oil and sea salt. You can find Marcona almonds in most grocery stores.

WHAT IS FARRO?

If you aren’t familiar with farro, let me make an introduction. Farro is an ancient wheat grain that is high in protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium and iron. Farro is as easy to cook as rice and has a delicious nutty flavor which works beautifully with all the other ingredients in this salad. It can be found near the rice in most grocery stores.

Apple and Farro Salad on white platter with gold serving spoons

 

The Vinaigrette: Two Choices!

This salad is dressed with a light vinaigrette made with heart healthy extra virgin olive oil and your choice of Champagne Vinegar or White Balsamic vinegar. Why do I offer two options? Let’s just say I can’t rave enough about the Prelibato White Balsamic Vinegar we use here at The Organic Kitchen…it’s smooth and creamy unlike most of the acidic white balsamic vinegars found at the grocery store, which are usually a blend of white grapes and distilled vinegar. Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar is made from white or golden grapes which are aged in wooden vats for 12 years to develop a silky smooth flavor. That said, I know it’s not for every budget and not everyone wants to order online, so I like to offer a good quality Champagne Vinegar  as well. Both are delicious, so it’s totally up to you. 

A bottle of white balsamic vinegar on brick surface

What to Serve it With:

This simple salad makes a terrific side dish to serve with steak, salmon, pasta, or chicken!

Apple and Farro Salad with chopped dates on white platter with green dish towel in background

The Recipe: Apple and Farro Salad

What you need:good knife, farro and a White Balsamic or Champagne Vinegar  .

Apple and Farro Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
 

A sweet little salad that works well with beef, fish, chicken or pasta!

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Keyword: apple salad, farro salad, simple salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Salad:
  • 1/4 cup farro (cooked)
  • 5 ounces baby greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped Marcona Almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Medjool dates, very thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces Manchego cheese, diced
  • 1 small ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/2 of one small red apple, very thinly sliced (I used honey crisp)
The Vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons good quality white balsamic or Champagne vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
Cook farro:
  1. start a small pot of salted water to boil, add farro and cook until tender (25 minutes) strain and set aside to cool

  2. Place greens in a bowl or on a platter. Add chopped Marcona almonds, cranberries, dates, Manchego cheese, avocado and apple. Add cooled farro.

  3. Whisk salad dressing ingredients together until emulsified. Drizzle over salad and toss. Sprinkle with a little more sea salt and pepper if desired. Serve

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