Winter Salad: Farro w/ Apples & Chickpeas

I don't love salads anymore (the lettuce and tomato variety), I find myself wanting more....leaving hungry.....feeling empty. :(
I'm sorry salad.

I like quinoa, or a grain, or a protein in my can not live on lettuce alone. We are not rabbits.

Here is a nice hearty winter salad. Something you can sink your teeth into.

You can add any nut or green, like spinach (stands up well in salads) and any color apple (I always have Granny Smith for baking).

It's so easy to eat healthy, you can take this salad to work, or keep it in the fridge for a few days so you have no excuse to eat crap for lunch.

If you don't have farro, you can use quinoa or wheat berries.
Make it.

Farro Salad w/ Apples & Chickpeas (adapted from Dinner w/ Julie):

1/2 cup farro
2 loosely packed cups spinach or arugula (I also used radicchio for color), thinly sliced
1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup Italian parsley, leaves chopped (stems discarded)
1/2 cup crumbled feta
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped

3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola or olive oil
1-2 tsp. grainy mustard
1 tsp. honey

Mix the dressing ingredients with a fork and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix everything together except the feta and almonds.

Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving and mix.

Add the almonds and feta last.
Season w/ sea salt & pepper.



Stephanie said…
I feel the same way about lettuce-based salads right now. I especially detest "spring greens" salads. Perhaps one day I'll return to those but right now they are unappealing.

Thanks for this recipe. Hearty salads are a fine meal!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Well, I still love the lettuce type salads, but these types are wonderful too. You've given me reason to break out the farro and chick peas this week.