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

 

 

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