BEAN & FARRO SALAD WITH CILANTRO APPLE DRESSING
I found this delicious looking salad on a blog called www.honestfare.com
Y'all should definitely check them out, especially if you like good food. This recipe sounds so tasty and I cannot wait to make it for my family. It is full of yummy healthy ingredients. Although it seems like more of a summer salad I may just have to dive into it as soon as possible. We have been eating much healthier for the past few weeks and I have to admit my body feels so much better. I have more energy and I feel better in general. I'm so happy to be making a healthy lifestyle change and I hope that we are able to make it stick. We will have a challenge next week while we are on vacation but I know we'll try our best to make good choices. So here is the recipe and I hope y'all take the time to check out the site www.honestfare.com
- About 2 cups cooked farro (1 cup uncooked)
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 cup cooked cannellini beans
- 5-6 radishes sliced paper-thin
- 1 avocado sliced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 apple sliced into small triangles or matchsticks
- Salt and cracked black pepper
- Juice from half a lemon
- Several few sprigs of fresh cilantro
For the apple cilantro dressing:
- 3 Tbs rice vinegar
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 an apple
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- Handful fresh cilantro
- 1/4 of a shallot
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 Tbs Greek yogurt (optional)
- Wash and chop half an apple into cubes (reserve other half for salad.) Add apple, lemon juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper, cilantro, rice vinegar and shallot to food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth, adding a tiny drizzle of water and/or more olive oil to thin.
- For an even creamier and less acidic flavor, add in Greek yogurt and blend again until silky smooth. Place in fridge to chill.
For everything else:
- Rinse farro and place in pot with at least 3 cups of salted water. Bring to low boil and cook until grains are al dente or chewy (about 15-20 minutes). Drain out excess water and rinse in cold water. Place in fridge to chill.
- Slice half an apple into small triangles or matchsticks, place in a bowl and toss in lemon juice. Cut avocado into 1/2 inch cubes. Slice radishes paper thin. Wash and pluck several leaves of cilantro from stems.
- Place grains, beans and the above in a bowl and toss with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over and toss again. Add any additional salt and pepper.
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~ Doug Larson