Monday, June 12, 2023

Tuscan Farro and Bean Salad



I made this wonderful salad recently.

 I had tried it at my friend's house and loved it.  I served it with some marinated grilled pork and cucumber salad.

This is Bailey who I was watching this past week while my son Tim, DIL Julie, and Avery and Ella were on vacation in Costa Rica.

Look who tricked his Mom, who thought he was getting out of the Marines on June 18th!!  Connor surprised her and the family and came on the 10th!  He drove straight through from San Diego to Texas!!  Cissy recorded the cutest video of Molly finding Connor up in his bed. 


Of course I had to go over and give him a big hug!  He had been relaxing in the pool.



Yield: A crowd
Author: Kitty, but the recipe is adapted from my friend Heidi
Tuscan Farro and Bean Salad

Tuscan Farro and Bean Salad

Farro is an ancient grain and is very tasty in this healthy salad. It's great as a side dish, but is also nice for a quick lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 can Cannellini beans (I used Great Northern beans), drained
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3 T. quartered, pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup chopped and loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley (I used a couple of tablespoons of dried parsley)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint, chopped (I used a couple of tablespoons)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 2 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled (I used more)

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain farro. Bring the cups of chicken broth to a boil, add farro, lower heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Drain off excess liquid and stir in 1 T. of olive oil. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Put the beans, farro, bell pepper, olives, parsley, mint, lemon juice, lemon zest, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt in a serving bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Chill before serving. Add a pinch more of salt if needed. Serve with feta cheese sprinkled over the top.

Notes

You may need to ask where the farro is located in the grocery store. If you can't find any, barley would make a good substitute, but I liked using the ancient grain, farro.




Thank you for your visit!  xo




18 comments:

  1. What a lovely surprise! That salad looks good too.

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  2. I'm SO happy Connor is home!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ your salad looks yummy!

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  3. Happy sneaky Homecoming!! lol They're the best kind! He's so handsome...
    Good looking salad!
    hugs
    Donna

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  4. Oh what a fabulous surprise that Connor came home early! Great pictures. Salad sounds interesting too. Enjoy a wonderful week! XO

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  5. How nice to have Connor back home. Kitty, I enjoyed looking at the photos. I don't think I've ever had farro. I will have to give this a try sometime. Thanks for the recipe and enjoy the week Kitty.

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  6. What a great dish of yummy food! Making me hungry! Awe, that Connor is one handsome young man and what a great surprise. Makes my heart do a little pitter patter! Bailey is so adorable. Looks like my grandpup Bo. I hope that your week is lovely dear Kitty. I am trying to settle down a bit after a cleaning frenzy. After cleaning inside and outside 21 cabinets, 8 drawers and the panty I am THROUGH for the DAY! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  7. The bean salad looks great Kitty. There's nothing more wonderful than a surprise visit from family!

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  8. Oh happy day, Connor is home and what wonderful photos! What a fun surprise for Molly and the rest of your family. Your salad looks delicious, I’ve never had farro, a must try! I hope Tim and family had a wonderful vacation. Wishing you a wonderful week ♥

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  9. Great surprise. Your family is adorable. So precious!

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  10. What a great surprise!! And can you believe I've never tried farro beans! They're on the list now!! Thanks!

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  11. Yummy food (way too healthy, no wonder you look so fantastic) and what a great surprise. I bet that video is beyond cute. BTW- I love his tattoo - be sure to remind him to ALWAYS put sunscreen on that tat or it will fade and not look half as good. Slainte. ♣

    Big hugs Kitty. Hope your week is wonderful as you are. ♥

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  12. I’ve never had farro, it sounds like a very healthy dish. What a wonderful surprise for your family, I know you’re so happy that Connor is home. Baily looks like a sweetie! Have a great week Kitty!
    Jenna

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  13. Nice happy happy pics. The salad looks yummy.

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  14. How exciting for you all to have him home! For good?

    Never have heard of some of these ingredients.

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  15. I've used farro before and really enjoyed it! Your salad looks healthy and delicious. What a sweet surprise to have Connor home! Bailey is adorable. Hope he was a good boy while his parents were away. :)

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  16. Cheers for Connor being home. Farro is new to me also. It looks wonderful. How sweet Bailey is. Happy week ahead

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  17. I remember how we prayed when Connor first enlisted! Thank God for bringing him home safely, sweet friend.πŸ™❤

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