Salads and Sides

Kale and Farro Salad with Citrus-Honey Vinaigrette

 

Hello friends, here is an easy “make-ahead” salad for you to try. Kale and Farro salad is a kale salad loaded with fresh chopped apples, dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, red onions and cooked farro. Then it’s tossed with a citrus-honey vinaigrette and marinates until all the flavors infuse into the dark leafy kale.  

It’s simple, light and filled with hearty ingredients that will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. It’s a salad you can make ahead and even take it with you! Perfect for any weekday lunch.

Farro (aka Faro) is a healthy Italian whole grain that cooks up very quickly, similar to quinoa and rice.  I heard so much about it; farro is also known as the “smart carb,” containing complex carbs that break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable.  This is a perfect grain for our Dad who is a Diabetic.

Farro is also very versatile, works well in salads, soups and almost anything served at room temperature. So cook up extra and then keep it in the fridge for fast meals during the week.

I never bought Farro before until recently, and found this one at Trader Joes, only this particularly farro is already pre-cooked, and it’s ready in 10 minutes. I thought I would give it a try and add some into the salad.  It adds more protein and fiber to the salad, making it heartier to keep me feeling full longer.

Dark leafy kale can taste bitter at times, so for me I found it best to let the kale marinate in the citrus-honey vinaigrette before serving; in fact, the longer it did, the better the kale tasted! Because it tenderizes the kale. The outcome was really good. The salad is enough to satisfy one’s appetite for lunch.

The walnuts and almonds adds some protein along with some healthy Omega- 3’s. While the cranberries and apples offer enough sweetness to this salad, it all balances out the flavors of the kale and faro very nicely! 

Occasionally, I love adding some crumbled goat cheese and even blue cheese.  Next time, I will add some to satisfy my cheese cravings!   Have a fun day!
Enjoy!

Kale and Farro Salad with Citrus-Honey Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup Farro (10 Minute Farro, from Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 ounce dark leafy kale, rinsed, stems removed – chopped
  • 1 Fuji or Gala apple – cord, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion-thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mixed natural almonds and walnuts

In a small sauce pan, add farro with water and cover.  Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat, stir with a fork and set aside to cool.

In the meantime, place the kale, red onions, cranberries, apples, and nuts into a large mixing bowl.  Then make the vinaigrette for the salad.

In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, olive oil, both vinegars, and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Pour the desired amount of vinaigrette over the kale, (save extra dressing for later) and toss to combine.

Add the cooked Farro.  Cover and chill for about 2 hours or more before serving. 

Serves 2

Here’s a tip: If you are making this salad for guests, it’s best to toss in the chopped apples just before serving, to keep them fresh and from turning brown.

 

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9 Comments

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    Joanne
    February 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    That vinaigrette sounds lovely! In fact, the whole salad is definitely my kind of meal. Adding it to the lunch menu for next week!

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    annaliz
    February 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks Joanne! enjoy!

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    February 10, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Okay now this is my kind of recipe!!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

      HI Alicia! So nice to see you again! So glad you like this salad, thanks for the lovely comment!

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    Anonymous
    March 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I never made a kale salad before, but this salad sounds really good and it's one I would definitely like to try.

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      annaliz
      March 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Oh welcome to our blog! We hope you enjoy our recipes. thanks for stopping by!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    that looks absolutely wonderful and delicious. Perfect side dish but for someone like myself I could make a meal out of it alone (with a big chunk of bread of course:) LOL!

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      annaliz
      March 21, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Lol! Me too! Thank you and have a great weekend.

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    Betty
    March 21, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I think I could take this for lunch every day and not get tired of it. All of those lovely yummies you've added to the kale, and that citrus dressing, make this really special. 🙂

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