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Ok, so there are salads, you know, the ones loaded with lettuce and topped with some veggies and other fun fixens. And then there are salads! These are the salads that can moonlight as an actual meal or a hearty side, packed with layers of flavour and texture, but still keep you light, tight, and heart-healthy. Such is this roasted eggplant and farro salad.
If you’re asking yourself “what’s up with the hype over farro? Is it the new kale?”, or simply wondering “what is farro anyway?”. Here’s the 4-1-1; Farro is an ancient grain that is getting more and more attention for its health benefits and ability to adapt to different recipes. Similar to kamut or bulgur wheat, farro makes for a great alternative grain. Although it isn’t gluten-free, farro contains lower levels than today’s wheat, and if prepared properly, the gluten is broken down by sprouting and fermentation, thereby making it much more tolerable for anyone sensitive to gluten.
Rich and flavourful, this salad is most likely the most satisfying one you’ll ever make!
High in Magnesium | Dietary Fiber | Potassium | Antioxidants
Prep time: 15min
- 2 medium eggplants diced into small cubes
- 3 onions sliced into quarters
- 8 radishes sliced thinly
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
- 2 lebanese cucumbers sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup chopped Moroccan mint
- 2 cups cooked farro
- 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 cup premium extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic de modène
- Place the eggplant & onion on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil.
- Bake in preheated oven at 375° for 25 min or until the onions have caramelised and the eggplant has softened.
- Let completely cool on the baking sheet and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the radishes, cucumber, tomatoes, farro & mint.
- Add half the pine nuts and all of the eggplant and onions and then drizzle with remaining extra-virgin olive oil & balsamic.
- Toss and transfer into a serving dish.
- Sprinkle some salt and garnish with the remaining nuts, mint bouquets, sprouts and/or edible flowers.
- Prep it ahead of time as the flavours will be at their max a few hours after combining.
It is such a privilege to collaborate with @cookeatlivehappy, an amazing food coach, recipe developer, blogger, entrepreneur and mom, from Montreal. Her mission is to bring back FUN in the kitchen by sharing food knowledge and empowering kitchen confidence. JK and PK’s meet up earlier this month was focused around one goal: creating delicious, healthy recipes and having fun while doing it.
Stay tuned for more seasonal recipes all summer long…
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