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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.

farro salad with roasted vegetables

I love experimenting with different whole grains in my kitchen. There are so many delicious options! Quinoa and brown rice are my usual staples, but lately I’ve been obsessed with farro. It has a nice chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor that I love!

Whenever I’m in a meal prep rut, I’ll make a big grain salad. I cook a big batch of grains, roast a few different veggies, and mix them all together. I love to add something creamy to the salad, such as avocado, tahini, or a soft cheese. So simple, healthy, and delicious!

farro salad with roasted vegetables

This farro salad features some of my favorite summertime veggies: asparagus, corn, and cherry tomatoes. There is also lots of garlic, fresh basil, and chickpeas for a boost of protein. My favorite part of this salad might just be the walnuts, though! They add such a great unexpected crunch.

How to Cook Farro

There are a lot of instructions out there about how to cook farro. My favorite method that has never failed me is the pasta method. Honestly, this is also the easiest method, and works every time for me!

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil (just as if you were cooking pasta).
  • Add your farro and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. I prefer a slightly chewier farro.
  • Drain the excess water from the pot.
  • Fluff farro with a fork, then use any way you’d like!
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Main Ingredients Of This Farro Salad + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Farro: Farro is a type of wheat grain. It’s an excellent source of fiber, and has more than most grains! It is also higher in protein than other grains like brown rice.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus is a good source of many vitamins, including A, C and K. It’s also an excellent source of folate, which is very important during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes have many antioxidants, including lycopene. This antioxidant, which gives tomatoes their red hue, is actually more abundant in cooked tomatoes, like the ones in this farro salad!
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Feta Cheese
  • Walnuts
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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, and chopped
  • 12 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add farro, reduce to simmer, and cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Drain excess water.
  3. While farro cooks, roast the vegetables. Toss cherry tomatoes, garlic, and asparagus with avocado oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20 minutes, until tomatoes are burst and wrinkly.
  4. Toss cooked farro, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, and basil together in a large bowl with lemon zest, lemon juice, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. 
  5. Sprinkle with feta cheese and walnuts.
  6. Serve warm or cold – it tastes delicious either way!


Notes

  • Farro does not expand as much as other grains like rice, so if you sub another grain, reduce the dry measurement to 1/2 or 2/3 cup.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Keywords: farro salad, roasted vegetables, grain salad

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Spring Pasta with Lemon, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peas

This pasta dish is spring in a bowl! It combines the fresh flavors of asparagus, dill and lemon for a light yet satisfying meal that comes together quickly.

I can’t believe this is my first pasta dish I am sharing on the blog! I can’t think of a better way to introduce this category than with this recipe. I’m so happy to see spring produce coming into season, and decided to combine some of my all-time favorites into a meal.

As a dietitian, I’ve picked up on so many people avoiding carbohydrates. Whereas fat was the frowned-upon macronutrient in the past, our mindsets have shifted to demonize carbohydrates. There have been many popular fad diets that perpetuate the belief that carbohydrates are the enemy, such as the Atkin’s diet, the South Beach diet, and now more recently, the Paleo and Ketogenic diets. While people may find weight loss success following these plans, just like any diets, they are highly restrictive and not sustainable for the long term.

Digestion of carbohydrates starts in our mouths thanks to enzymes in our saliva, and goes through our digestive systems, ultimately breaking down into glucose. Carbohydrate, in the form of glucose, is the body’s preferred source of energy. Carbs also provide us with important nutrients and fiber that protein and fat can’t give us. Ever wonder why you crave a bagel after a long run or intense workout? It’s your body’s way of asking you to replenish the carbohydrate stores (glycogen) it depleted by working so hard!

Besides providing us energy, nutrients and fiber, carbohydrates are just downright delicious. A life without rice, pizza and pasta just sounds so dull! Choosing 100% whole wheat/whole grain carbohydrates a majority of the time ensures you get the nutrients and fiber found in whole grains. Whole grains also have a lower glycemic index than processed ones, so they raise blood sugar levels more slowly in our bodies. But, it is also important to allow ourselves to have processed carbohydrates. Sometimes, we all just need a slice of pizza or a piece of crusty French bread. Remember that life is about balance, and eating should be a source of pleasure! Letting yourself enjoy these foods now and then without guilt will satisfy cravings and help you to live in the moment.

Spring Pasta with Lemon, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peas

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole wheat farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 box mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil plus ½ tbsp
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup fresh dill
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. In the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the frozen peas to the pot with the pasta. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat ½ tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and asparagus, along with a dash of salt and pepper until fork tender.
  3. Whisk together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
  4. Toss pasta, peas, vegetables, and dill with the lemon olive oil sauce until combined and everything is well coated. Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

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