Thai Farro Salad

Thai Farro Salad

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One thing you will learn about Neal and I in this blog is that we believe that healthy meals can be ridiculously delicious! Growing up, our families did not consider salads as a meal on its own. Perhaps, it was the nature of Indian cuisine or the lack of fresh and locally sourced ingredients at the time. We are not joking- we dare you to order a salad at an Indian restaurant. You will find yourself with a plate of onions and green chillies to accompany your real meal! Jokes aside, we have made it our mission to show how delicious a gourmet salad can be while keeping you feeling energetic and satisfied.

Farro, is what I call the "Super Grain", and is an amazing source of fiber (boosting gut health) and very high in protein. The whole grain is chewy in texture and nutty in flavor while also being fat-free and cholesterol-free. Farro takes longer than an average grain to digest in your system, keeping you full for longer (great for weight loss) and also prevents sharper dips in blood sugar. I guess what we are trying to say is....with all these health benefits, it's worth a try! Next time you are thinking of cooking a pasta salad, replace it with this recipe and notice the difference your body experiences after. Enjoy our first in the summer salad series, our Thai Farro salad with homemade dressing!

Thai Farro Salad

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 c Farro
  • 1/2 c red cabbage, chopped
  • 2 Tb thai basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c roasted cashews
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 Tb fried garlic
  • 1/2 Tb sesame seeds
  • Thai Dressing Ingredients

    • 1/2 c toasted sesame oil
    • 1/4 c peanut butter
    • 1/2 lime, juiced
    • 1/8 c tamarind sauce

Directions

  1. Rinse the farro and heat in a saucepan with 3 cups of water until boiling. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the farro simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, chop all vegetables and add into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix in the sesame seeds and fried garlic too.
  2. In a small blender, add ingredients for thai dressing and blend until it is a creamy consistency. If you would like to thin the dressing, increase the amount sesame oil according to your preference. Top the salad with dressing and enjoy!  
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Definitely a farro fan,
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