farro salad.

farro
I picked up a package of the 10 minute farro at trader joes a few weeks ago and figured I’d find something to do with it. The girls over at a beautiful mess had recently posted this recipe for a farro salad with kale, and I thought I would try it out – but adding some tofu to it to make it a complete meal. With the weather getting nicer – I don’t want to be in my kitchen all afternoon making food – but this salad came together pretty quickly and was perfect for a warm spring day. We ate it sitting on our deck enjoying the sunshine. This is going to be my new potluck go-to dish. It travels well, so its also great for summertime picnics! Its really tasty and packed with nutrients!!

I made my tofu first; You can do this ahead of time.Press your tofu, and slice it into pieces 1/4 inch thick.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix together 3 T soy sauce, juice from half a lemon, 1 tspn maple syrup (or agave) 1 T oil and about 1 tspn garlic seasoning. Coat your tofu and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 15-20 minutes or so.

Now for the salad:
TFarro + Kale Salad, makes 6 servings

2 cups uncooked farro
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
1/8 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dried cherries (cranberries would be good too!)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
salt to taste

First cook the farro by boiling in salted water (2:1 ratio) for about 20 minutes until tender. Then drain and rinse in cold water (to quickly cool it down). Set aside.Chop up the kale into very small pieces. hop up the cucumber into very small pieces as well. In a large bowl combine the farro, kale, cucumber, sunflower seeds and dried cherries .  In a small bowl or glass combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey, whisk to combine. Drizzle over the salad and toss to coat. Taste the salad and season with salt and fresh pepper as needed.