Strawberry and Blueberry Caprese Farro Salad
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5 from 2 votes

Strawberry and Blueberry Caprese Farro Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 659kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

FOR THE PESTO

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil, err on the side of more rather than less
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, OR 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lemon juiced, divided
  • Salt + Pepper, to taste

FOR THE SALAD

  • 2 cups farro, rinsed
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 8 ounces fresh whole milk mozzarella pearls, liquid discarded

Instructions

  • Prepare the farro. Rinse the farro with fresh clean water. Fill a large saucepan with cold, salted water and bring to a boil. Add the farro, stir, and reduce heat to medium low. Farro should be fully immersed in water. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until farro is cooked through. Drain completely and spread the cooked farro in a layer over a piece of parchment paper or clean baking sheet.
  • As the farro cooks or cools, prepare the pesto. In the bowl of a small food processor add the minced garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil or avocado (I chose avocado), parmesan and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Process until smooth, with little bits of the basil remaining (no need to make a puree). Season with salt + pepper, to taste.
  • With the farro cooled and pesto prepared, assemble your salad.
  • In a large salad bowl toss together the farro with the pesto and remaining lemon juice. Add the tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries and mozzarella pearls and gently toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes

Make gluten-free by replacing farro with quinoa, rice or other gluten-free grain.
Recipe inspired by A Beautiful Plate
 

Nutrition

Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 73.5mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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