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Lighten Up January 6, 2016

Filed under: Meal Planning — clappingonthedownbeat @ 8:24 PM

If you do what you have always done, you will always have what you got.

Mostly when it’s cold outside I crave hearty foods.  But sometimes  lighter option sounds good.  This recipe is a combination of the two.

Farro Salad

The farro is an ancient grain and it is similar to barley.  It takes about 30 minutes to cook, so I cooked 1 cup dry farro according to the package.

Anytime I make a salad, I start with the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl.  This one is my go to dressing.  The juice of one lemon, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Next I chopped up one whole english cucumber (they are the ones in the plastic wrap- no need to peel the skin) and a package of grape tomatoes sliced in half.

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Then a big handful of Italian parsley, chopped.

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I drained the farro, let it cool and mixed it into the veggies when it was still warm.  It will absorb the dessing better if still warm.

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To make the salad complete, I added mozzarella pearls- which are actually just cheese curds.  You can also buy a ball of mozzarella and chop it into pieces or feta would be great in this too.

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Enjoy!

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