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Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts…Plus a Complete Labor Day Barbecue Meal!

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

I am so excited for today’s post because I am teaming up with some of my blogger friends to bring you a complete healthy Labor Day barbecue feast! We each put together a different course for the menu, and oh man, I want to dig into all of these delicious creations. Let’s take a look!

Kacy from Healthy For Real made a Hearty Black Bean Corn and Kale Appetizer.

Black Bean and Corn Appetizer from Kacy at Healthy For Real

I made a grain-based Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts (Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free)

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Dani from Dani California Cooks made Grilled Dijon Salmon Skewers (Paleo).

Grilled Dijon Salmon Skewers from Dani at Dani California Cooks

And Chef Vanessa Musi made a delicious Peach Bourbon Pie for dessert (Gluten-Free, Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free).

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Make sure to click over to their posts to check out their amazing recipes!

 

Now are you ready for this delicious Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts?

You guys know I am OBSESSED with farro — it’s my all-time favorite grain. Farro is perfect for big batch salads like this one because it doesn’t get soggy after being dressed and it holds up very well in the fridge for a couple of days.

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I love, love, love the sweet-tart flavor that the cherries give to this salad, and there are so many different textures thanks to the added crunch from the walnuts and celery.

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know you guys are going to love this one and I can’t wait for you to try it!

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked farro
  • ⅓ cup diced celery
  • 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1.5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon raw honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the farro and a pinch of salt. Cook for 15 minutes or until al dente. Drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the farro, celery, cherries, walnuts and parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss the farro with the dressing. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
 

 

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Poultry Side Dish

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto

Hello people! As promised, I am sharing a deeeeeeeeelicious recipe with you today!

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

You guys, I am so excited about this Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto. I made it twice for us this past week – it’s THAT good.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

As someone who gets very bored from simple grilled chicken breasts, I can promise you that this chicken is PACKED with flavor from the rosemary-garlic marinade.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

Plus, the flavors in the chicken pair perfectly with the risotto. This farro risotto is healthier than traditional recipes because I used a whole grain as a base and it’s not swimming in butter and cheese.

But don’t worry – it still tastes incredibly indulgent.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

Fresh thyme and rosemary are crucial in this dish – don’t reach for the dried stuff.

I KNOW you guys are going to love this one!

 

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto
 
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Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
  • 4-5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cutlets
  • Salt and Pepper
Farro Risotto
  • 1¾ cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1.5 cups uncooked pearled farro
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cups kale, stemmed and sliced
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
  1. In a large dish combine the 3 Tablespoons olive oil, rosemary, lemon juice, and 4 cloves of garlic. Marinate the chicken in the oil-rosemary mixture for at least 30 minutes, and up to 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until done (depending on thickness of each piece). Place cooked chicken on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices. Cover loosely with tin foil to keep warm until the risotto is cooked.
Farro Risotto
  1. While the chicken is marinating, heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Once hot, add the onions and thyme. Saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add ½ Tablespoon more of the oil and add the remaining garlic to the pan. Saute for 30 seconds, then add the farro. Cook for 1 additional minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the white wine to the pot and deglaze the bottom, scraping up any brown bits. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken stock and cook 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining stock mixture, ½ cup at a time, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 30 more minutes).
  3. Stir in the kale and cook for 2 minutes, until wilted. Remove pan from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Serve the chicken over the farro risotto and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
 

Appetizer Main Meal Salad Side Dish Vegetarian Meals

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

When summertime hits, I hate using my oven. It is already too dang hot, so why suffer more by adding another few degrees to my kitchen?

That is why I LOVE making salads during the summer. You may remember how much I love farro – I’ve posted two yummy farro salads already here and here. This one is my current addiction.

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

The thing I love most about grain salads is that you can make a large batch and eat it throughout the week. Unlike lettuce salads, they do not get soggy – in fact I think the flavor gets better after sitting for a couple hours.

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

This salad is packed with summer flavors like juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

I’ve doubled the recipe for a large potluck at work and it was a big hit! This farro salad is great for potlucks because it is easily transportable and can be served either cold or at room temperature – no heating required.

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

If you do not have farro on hand, I think this would be delicious with wheatberries or barley. If you try a different grain, let me know how it turns out!

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

 

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

 

 

Summer Farro Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella
 
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Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 cup dried farro
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ⅛ cup red onion, minced
  • ⅛ cup kalamata olives, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, sliced into thin strips
  • ½ cup fresh mozzarella, cut into ½ inch cubes
Dressing
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Add the farro and a pinch of salt. Cook for 13 minutes. Drain. Spread the farro on a large plate and allow to cool.
  2. Once the farro has cooled completely, combine all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Toss half of the dressing with the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add additional dressing as desired. You can serve the salad right away or refrigerate and serve the next day.
 

Main Meal Poultry Salad

Chicken Farro Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese

I just got back from the most wonderful vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Travis. I would say the number one highlight of the trip was the food. We did not have a single mediocre meal — every bite was delicious.  While we did a fair amount of research on local restaurants before we left, it was still surprising how much we LOVED everywhere that we ate. Maybe it was that we were on vacation mode, though 😉

Our favorite place from the trip was a small cafe called St. Germain right in Old San Juan.  It was only a two minute walk from our hotel, which certainly made it easy to go back more than once.

Their Sunday brunch was delicious. Every meal was served with fresh juices (we tried carrot-orange and pineapple), coffee (Puerto Rican coffee is amazing) and teas. We were also served fresh fruit with a drizzle of honey and homemade granola. This was my favorite part — it all tasted sofresh. Travis even gave me the rest of his to finish 🙂

We were so sad to leave such a beautiful place.

While nothing will ever taste as good than a meal on a tropical vacation, I’d say this farro salad is still pretty darn yummy.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I started cooking with farro this summer and now I can say I am pretty much obsessed. I love the texture and it is so filling and fiber-filled!

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Every ingredient tastes fresh and perfect for summer.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Arugula, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, basil, oregano, YUM!

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I thought this was delicious with grilled chicken, but leave it out and you’d still have one heck of a vegetarian meal.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Happy summer eating, friends. I’ve missed you.

Chicken Farro Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese
 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 3 cups sliced grilled chicken breast
  • 1.5 cups arugula
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion*
  • 2 T chopped fresh basil (or more if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 T crumbled goat cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot combine farro, six cups of water, and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 25-28 minutes, uncovered, until tender. Drain the farro and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the arugula, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, basil and oregano. Top with the chicken.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle on top of the salad. Toss well to coat. Finally, sprinkle with the goat cheese.
Notes
*I typically do not like raw red onion, but it tastes very mild in this recipe.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
 

 

Main Meal Salad Vegetarian Meals

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella

I’m back.

Sorry, I know it’s been awhile. Stuff got busy you see. A lot of things have happened since I’ve been gone.

I got a job (woo!), I graduated from college (MAJOR milestone there), packed up everything in my college apartment, moved back home, unpacked everything, and now I am starting to pack up all my stuff AGAIN to move across the country. Yeah, big things.

Over the course of all that, my time in the kitchen decreased more than I would have liked, so it is great to be home. Now I have all the time in the world to experiment with the massive pile of recipes I have been meaning to get to.

This is one of them:

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

As much as I consider myself a carnivore, I have been loving certain vegetarian dishes recently. This is my favorite so far. I could have eaten the entire bowl of this salad if I wasn’t forced to share.

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

If you have never used farro, you have to try it. It is similar to brown rice, but the grains are larger and it is slightly nuttier. Oh, and it cooks in half the time. Yeah, thought you’d like that.

It also packs in a lot of protein and fiber. Healthy stuff, people.

You can use any apples of your choice. I used a granny smith and a pink lady as a mixture.

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

All of the flavors come together so nicely in this dish.  It can be eaten as a main meal or as a yummy side dish.

This would be PERFECT to bring to a summer BBQ. Trust me, you don’t want to be the fifteenth person bringing chips and dip, do you?

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

You’ll love this farro salad, I swear.

 

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella
 
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup toasted almonds, chopped*
  • 2 apples (any will do)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup craisins (or raisins if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 6 oz smoked mozzarella, cut into ½ inch cubes (regular mozzarella will be fine if you can’t find smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the farro, salt and six cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 25 minutes, until tender. Drain the farro in a colander and let dry on a paper-towel lined plate or tray
  2. Cut the apples into ½ inch cubes. Toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and enough water to cover the apples.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic in a small bowl.
  4. Combine the cooked farro, almonds, craisins, parsley, mozzarella and dill weed. Drain the apples and add them as well. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic over the mixture. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
* You can easily toast almonds by putting them in a medium skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, making sure to shake the skillet often. The almonds are done when they are slightly browned and smell toasted.

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats