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Fall Apple and Farro Kale Salad

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A seasonal salad is just what I am craving. I love the different textures this salad has and the layers of natural sweetness against the bitterness of the kale. Textures are a great thing to play with in a dish. A little crunch, something smooth and soft, a bite of an al dente ingredient. I bet you are intrigued just reading the description. It is not necessarily a cooking technique versus more an eating technique. The more variety of textures the more interested we are in the food. The more flavors we have the less we will get board of the dish. That is a great tip when it comes to a salad. It is one bowl for a meal. We want to be interested in it, and for some it can be a struggle to eat salads (definitely not for me, I love them!), so by adding a variety of ingredients in the salad you become more intrigued to eat it. Of course you can't go wrong when you add cheese to a dish. Heck adding cheese to almost anything makes it super delicious. I am a big fan of cheese haha! 

 

Have you ever heard of the whole grain farro before? It is an ancient Italian grain. I love to always have it on hand in my pantry because (1) it is extremely nutritious (2) the flavor is really nutty (3) it is Italian and I pretend to be Italian (4) it cooks in 15 minutes (this is really the reason!). Unlike brown rice, black forbidden rice, red himalayan rice, and some other whole grains farro is ready in no time. Literally while you are preparing your the rest of your salad, chopping, mixing, whisking the dressing the farro is cooking. If you have never given farro a try definitely do! It will change your life and offer a bunch of nutrients to make your meal healthier. 

This time of year is a lot of sweets, gatherings, and celebrations. So when you can try making a detoxing yet delicious recipe. This fall inspired salad with the bountiful ingredients actually will help reboot your body after indulgent festivities. You can also make this salad a head of time like early in the week, chop the apples and mix in the dressing when you are ready to serve. So don't skip out on making a good healthy salad for lunch to take to work or for dinner for the family on the busy nights. This is one that will take no time in the kitchen and have you and your family eating well and balanced during these holiday months! 

So I hope you enjoy a fall inspired salad with deliciously nutritious ingredients and a simple salad dressing that will be a keeper in your fridge weekly. 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups Fresh Spinach

4 cups Chopped Kale – ribs removed

2 Apples Chopped

1 cup Dried Cranberries

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup Brie Cheese - cut into cubes

¾ cup cooked Farro

 

For the balsamic vinaigrette:

3/4 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

1.     To cook farro, add equal parts farro and water with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and lower heat, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Once cooked, fluff with a fork and let it cool before adding to the salad

2.     Place the washed and dried spinach and kale.

3.     Chop the 2 apples and add to the salad bowl. Add the remaining ingredients.

4.     In a separate bowl whisk together the balsamic dressing and make sure it is well mixed. (This dressing can stay in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1 week. Shake it well before using).

5.     Pour in the dressing and the cooled farro and gently toss together. Serve immediately.

 

*** If serving later make sure to add the apple when serving and only add the dressing when ready to eat.***

This recipe make 6-8 servings

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