One of my favorite things to eat in the summer (well, really anytime) is salads. I like to incorporate protein in my plant-based salads, especially in the summer. And beans, like white beans, are a great protein source.
I usually opt for vegetarian options like hard-boiled eggs or beans. Sometimes I’ll go with lean chicken or tuna, though. One of my favorites is a white bean and farro salad.
I also like incorporating whole grains in my salads. By adding both protein and whole grains, you have a salad that is a meal.
One whole grain I’ve been trying lately is farro.
What is Farro?
If you’re not familiar with farro, it is an ancient grain dating back to the Egyptians. It’s similar to rice, but farro is not only a whole grain but a protein. So this White Beans and Farro Salad are really protein-packed and perfect for anyone on a low-carb, high-protein diet.
You can buy farro online or at stores like Walmart in the baking supply aisle near the flour and meal. You buy farro dry and cook it. Note that pearled farro takes longer to cook.
Farro is definitely a weight loss-friendly food. It’s good for you and leaves you feeling fuller quicker and longer… so you won’t be as apt to overeat.
I like being able to find foods that are filling. I hate when I eat a meal and then two hours later I’m hungry. This salad won’t do that.
I think you’ll love this white bean and farro salad; it’s one of my favorite salads…
White Beans and Farro Salad w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette
- 1 cup uncooked Farro
- 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup kale, torn small by hand
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup pepitas
- 4 ounces feta, crumbled
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Prepare 1 cup of farro as directed on the package.
- While that is cooking, prepare the dressing.
- Add all dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined and refrigerate.
- When Farro is done, rinse with cold water until cool.
- Add farro, white beans, kale, feta, cranberries, and pepitas in a large mixing bowl.
- Toss until mixed.
- Pour dressing over salad, toss again and serve.
Tip: To make this salad up the night before, leave out feta until right before serving.
If you’ve never tried farro before, this is a great way to give it a try. You might also enjoy this Keto-friendly recipe, steak and pan gravy.
I know you will find this recipe to be hearty and filling… perfect for dinner any time of the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Now for dessert… how about some no-churn chocolate ice cream.
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