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Mediterranean Farro Salad

I am in love. I am in love with Farro! This nutty, crunchy and chewy mystery grain is my new fave. I talked about it last week in my post about Whole Grains: Cooking with Farro and its amazing health benefits. This is a Mediterranean recipe with fresh veggies and dressing that we actually serve with shrimp on the side. Did you know how healthy a Mediterranean diet is and how much hope it offers for the sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis? See all the healthy recipes here.

Healthy Meal Plans Week of January 27 - Mediterranean Farro Salad / Sweet Potato Cakes / Tomato Chicken Orzo Soup / Baked Chicken Fajitas / One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta

Healthy Recipes: Mediterranean Farro Salad

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Farro
2 cups green beans cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup pitted black olives
1 medium red pepper cut into thin strips
2-3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup corn
1/4 cup feta crumbled
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups of water with the farro. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until the farro is almost tender, about 20-30 minutes. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool. (If you have soaked the Farro ahead of time, cooking time will be around 20 minutes. If not, cooking time will be closer to 30 minutes.)
  2. While Farro is cooling, bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the green beans.
  3. Once the farro has cooled add the green beans, olives, red pepper, cheese, spinach and corn. Stir to combine. In a small bowl mix together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, pepper, and the salt. Stir to combine. Pour the vinaigrette over the farro salad. Toss to combine and serve.
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