Farro Avocado Salad

by Khushboo on November 2, 2015

There are a few things that baffle me:

  • People who replace the “c” with “k” e.g. Kool
  • All the hate on Kim Kardashian…or any of the Kardashians for that matter
  • Lack of manners

And finally:

  • Restaurants that remove a bestseller dish from the menu. 

During my summer in London, I must have eaten at least 5-6 meals at NAC (North Audley Cantine), which is located right off Oxford Street.  Location aside, the food there is consistently on point.  

Farro & Avocado Salad

Although I don’t have a single picture to share, some of NAC’s noteworthy dishes include:

  • Smoked Eggplant Toast with Quinoa & Sundried Tomatoes
  • Flamed Salmon, Miso, Sake, Peanut Kale
  • Torched Cauliflower, Sea Salt, Olive Oil
  • Salmon a La Plancha, Field Mushrooms, New Potatoes
  • Free Range Grilled Cajun Chicken
  • Honey Chocolate French Toast, Red Berries, Vanilla Ice-Cream

Up until NAC removed it from the menu, the one dish that I always ordered regardless of who I was dining with was their Farro Salad with Crushed Avocado, Parmesan, Chili, Mint

Farro Avocado Salad (small bowl)

As much as I try to keep up with all these trendy exotic grains, NAC’s salad was my first taste of the whole grain farro.  I’m a big fan of its nutty flavor & chewy texture and of course its nutritional profile doesn’t hurt either:

  • Like brown rice, farro becomes a complete protein when combined with beans & legumes.
  • It’s easily digestible given its low gluten content.
  • Farro boasts generous amounts of magnesium which can help relieve tension & menstrual cramps.
  • Its lignan content makes it a great source of antioxidants.
  • The zinc in farro can help boost immune & cardiovascular health.
  • It racks in a decent amount of fibre: 6g per ½ cup dry. Yay for stable blood sugar levels & healthy digestion!

Looks like quinoa is no longer the coolest kid grain on the block ;)!  When my lovely cousin in Dubai (thanks again Malika!) recently sent me kilos worth of farro,  I just had to try replicating NAC’s farro salad, with a few alterations along the way!  Without sounding too modest, I think I came pretty damn close with this Farro Avocado Salad:

Farro Avocado Salad (backdrop)

Herbs are such an underrated salad ingredient which is a shame as they take the flavour to a whole new level.  And I’m sure you’ll agree that the creaminess from avocado does wonders in the texture department.  Rather than me try to further convince you how delicious this Farro Avocado Salad is, why not take my word and try it out yourself:

Farro Avocado Salad
Serves 4
This is a delicious vegan salad bursting in whole grains & healthy fats.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup farro, uncooked
  2. 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  3. 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
  4. 1/2 cup diced onions
  5. 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  6. 1 avocado, cut into cubes
  7. 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
  9. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  10. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  11. Chili flakes
  12. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook farro according to package directions & set aside.
  2. Combine farro, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, avocado, basil & mint in a large bowl. Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, chili flakes & salt, and toss gently to combine.
  3. Cover & keep in the refrigerator until serving.
Notes
  1. i) In order to eliminate the pungent flavor, I prefer to sauté my onions beforehand.
  2. ii) Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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This Farro Avocado Salad is definitely one of those dishes that make you so grateful for leftovers ;).

What are a few things that baffle you?

What grain/food are you loving lately?

If you have any farro recipes, please link ’em up!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig November 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

I’ve never heard of farro but it sounds interesting! And how did I never hear about this place when I was in London? Honey chocolate French toast – hello!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

If we’re ever in London at the same time again, we will be meeting here :D!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine November 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I am a big fan of farro! I love pairing it with feta or goat cheese. YUM!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Mmm both those cheeses can make anything delicious ;)!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

I’ve actually never had farro before… and my computer keeps trying to autocorrect it to “faro” 😆 I’m a huge fan of the larger grains that have a heartier and chewier texture, though, so I think I’d love this one! Time to add it to the shopping list…

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Let me know what you think, Amanda! Especially if you’re a fan of pearl barley, I think you’d love farro!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen November 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Farro is like the one grain I haven’t tried yet – but I don’t want to buy it until I use up some of my other grains. My cupboard is bursting right now!

This salad looks delicious – anything with avocado and herbs is bound to be a winner!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Haha I feel you- I seriously need to do a clean-up of my pantry to discover what packets of grains I actually have opened!

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Parita @ myinnershakti November 3, 2015 at 12:20 am

Farro is one of my favorites! I made a farro risotto once…not bad!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

YUM! Do share the recipe!!

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Sonya Keshwani November 3, 2015 at 5:24 am

I’ve never cooked with farro before but now I am going to have to try it out! Looks delicious!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Hope you enjoy it, Sonya :)!

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Jen @ Chase the Red Grape November 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

I have tried farro before, it’s really nice and nutty! I am growing herbs on my balcony at the moment and am hoping to put more in salads, you are so right it tastes so good!
I don’t understand all the hate in the Kardashians either – people don’t have to love them and ultimately they aren’t doing any harm… Actually they are very savvy strong business woman and thats to be admired!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I agree about the Kardashians! I think people are just jealous but to be honest, I can’t imagine it being easy to put your life on TV 24/7…that’s something to be applauded for!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

I adore this. Farro is one of those underutilized grains which really is fantastic, and the flavors you paired it with are on point.

Pass me a spoon please.

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I shall pass you 2 spoons..one for you and another for your bundle of joy :)!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan November 4, 2015 at 2:31 am

I have yet to try farro – I saw some at Trader Joes this past weekend and was going to buy it but ended up getting quinoa instead. Seeing this salad makes me wanna run back to TJ’s and pick me some up pronto! I love the creaminess of avocado and you are right, herbs are so underrated!
What baffles me are slow drivers in the far left lane!

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Ughhh slow drivers and slow walkers…just NO!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

I love me some farro! I learned to use herbs in everything when I had to cut salt. You can get SO much flavor from the simplest additions.

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Khushboo November 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Oh for sure- herbs are such an easy way to add flavour to food without affecting the sodium/calorie content!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld November 7, 2015 at 12:19 am

This looks so good!!! I actually have farro right now I accidentally picked up at Trader Joes instead of quinoa and friends coming for dinner so making this- Thanks for the recipe!

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Khushboo November 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hope you & Your friends enjoyed it, Arman!

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