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Avocado, Cilantro & Lime Farro Salad {with Fresh Veggies}1

Avocado, Cilantro & Lime Farro Salad {with Fresh Veggies}.

I must admit I’ve become a bit smitten with Farro.  I was studying the bulk bins at my local Whole Foods Market looking for something different.  I was charged up to discover that Farro is packed with goodness. 

Here are a few farro ‘features’ if you will:

  • Farro is one of the oldest cultivated grains and has been consumed for over 5000 years.
  • With 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per cooked cup, Farro is an energy power house.
  • Because it’s a complex carb, Farro breaks down slowly, helping to stabilize your energy over longer periods of time.
  • Farro is high in B vitamins and minerals, especially Magnesium which has been said to ease tension and menstrual cramps.
  • And the best part, Farro tastes great and is super versatile to use.  I think you’ll love it’s slightly chewy nutty flavor.

While I love farro warm in place of rice or couscous, it is really great cold as part of a salad.  It has a wonderful texture that is slightly chewy and really leaves you feeling satisfied.  This Avocado, Cilantro & Lime Farro Salad with Fresh Veggies made a wonderful lunch for a couple of my ‘healthy choices’ workmates and myself.

I chose to add a variety of fresh veggies in a nice mix of colors and crunch.  And the avocado, cilantro & lime dressing added a nice flavor punch.  If you haven’t discovered fabulous farro, give this recipe a try.  I think you’ll love it.  Enjoy!

Avocado, Cilantro & Lime Farro Salad {with Fresh Veggies}

Avocado, Cilantro & Lime Farro Salad {with Fresh Veggies}

Libby with Lemony Thyme

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup farro cooked according to package instructions (yield = 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups diced fresh veggies such as zucchini, summer squash, scallion, tomato, radish
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime juice & zest
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Farro according to package instructions; drain and cool to room temperature.
  • Dice fresh veggies and reserve.
  • Mash avocado with lime juice and zest, stir in fresh cilantro.
  • Combine farro, diced veggies, avocado mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.