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Tossed with a minty vinaigrette, this healthy farro and cherry salad recipe can be served as a light lunch or as a side dish along with grilled chicken, duck or pork. Look for farro--a high-fiber whole grain that is an ancestor of modern wheat--with other whole grains in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

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total:
40 mins
Servings:
6

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine farro, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the farro is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and fluff with a fork. Spread the farro out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, oil, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add cherries, ricotta salata (or feta), almonds, onion, mint and the farro. Gently stir to combine.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition Facts

277 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 35.6g; dietary fiber 4.5g; sugars 10.4g; fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 11.1mg; vitamin a iu 163.3IU; vitamin c 4.2mg; folate 11mcg; calcium 104.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 24.1mg; potassium 184.8mg; sodium 314.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
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