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Mediterranean Farro Salad with Fruit and Fresh Herbs

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This quick and easy grain-based salad is a healthy, year-round dinner solution. Serve it as a hearty vegan side dish for 4 or as a vegetarian main course for two.
Course Main Course, Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine American
Dish Type Grain Salad, Salad
Cooking Style vegan, Vegetarian
Diet and Health Healthy
Ingredient farro
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Author Diane Brown

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 10 carrots peeled and sliced in 2” sections
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp or to taste your favorite dried fruit, finely chopped (apricots, peaches, cherries, cranberries, raisins or currants)
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh herbs finely chopped (parsley, dill, basil, mint, chives, etc or substitute with arugula or spinach)
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts substitute chopped pecans or pistachios
  • additional olive oil to taste
  • additional salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place your carrots on a baking sheet in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
  • Turn them periodically with a spatula as they cook and take them out when they are charred but still a little crisp. (This should take 15-20 minutes.)
  • Add whatever chopped up dried fruit you have, I used apricots and cherries, but figs, raisins, pears, all would be great!
  • Fold in a handful of chopped herbs, like dill, basil, mint, even arugula or spinach works.
  • Then fold in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • After all the other ingredients are added, gently toss in the nuts, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Adjust your seasoning with additional lemon juice and olive oil if needed.

Notes

It will be wonderful for 3 days, so prep it in advance or enjoy it right away.