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Lemon Basil Farro Salad with White Beans, Arugula and Tomatoes

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Summary

If you love a salad that offers more than greens, bursts with flavor, is packed with nutrients and includes lots of textures, then look no further than this Lemon Basil Farro Salad. Chewy and nutty farro is the hearty base, mixed with filling beans, spicy arugula, sweet tomatoes, savory basil and bright lemon. Enjoy this salad by itself as the main course, alongside your main meal or as an afternoon snack.

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time20 minsTotal Time20 mins

Ingredients

Salad
 3 cups organic farro (cooked)
 1 ½ cups organic grape tomatoes (halved)
 1 medium cucumber (cut into ¼” pieces, peeled if it’s waxed)
 1 ½ cups white beans (cooked, homemade or BPA-free 15-ounce can)
 1 cup geen onion (chopped, green and white portions)
 2 cups arugula
Dressing
 ½ cup basil (chopped)
 ¼ cup tahini
 2 garlic cloves
 ½ cup lemon juice
 ½ cup walnuts (pieces)
 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
 ¼ tsp salt (optional)
 ¼ tsp pepper (optional)

Directions

1

In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients — farro, tomato, cucumber, white beans, green onion, and arugula.

2

In a food processor or blender, add all of the dressing ingredients.

3

Blend until smooth.

4

Taste for additional flavors of your choice such as extra lemon, basil, salt or pepper.

5

Pour on top of the farro salad bowl and mix well.

Chef's Notes

Substitutions
Instead of farro use organic wheat berries, quinoa, Kamut, or another grain of your choosing.

In place of arugula use spinach, kale, or red leaf lettuce. Or a combination!

In place of tomato or cucumber use whatever delicious vegetables you have on hand such as radish, asparagus, broccoli, or red cabbage.

Layer it up
Add sliced avocado for some creaminess to complement the cucumber crunch.

Add more herbs such as cilantro, parsley, or dill.

Stir in some kimchi for a little spice and probiotics.

Top with red pepper flakes for some spice.

Stir in your favorite nuts or seeds like pistachios or pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients

Salad
 3 cups organic farro (cooked)
 1 ½ cups organic grape tomatoes (halved)
 1 medium cucumber (cut into ¼” pieces, peeled if it’s waxed)
 1 ½ cups white beans (cooked, homemade or BPA-free 15-ounce can)
 1 cup geen onion (chopped, green and white portions)
 2 cups arugula
Dressing
 ½ cup basil (chopped)
 ¼ cup tahini
 2 garlic cloves
 ½ cup lemon juice
 ½ cup walnuts (pieces)
 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
 ¼ tsp salt (optional)
 ¼ tsp pepper (optional)

Directions

1

In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients — farro, tomato, cucumber, white beans, green onion, and arugula.

2

In a food processor or blender, add all of the dressing ingredients.

3

Blend until smooth.

4

Taste for additional flavors of your choice such as extra lemon, basil, salt or pepper.

5

Pour on top of the farro salad bowl and mix well.

Lemon Basil Farro Salad with White Beans, Arugula and Tomatoes