Farro and Salmon Salad with Beets and Greens

Farro and Salmon Salad with Beets and Greens

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain farro
  • 6 oz skinless salmon fillet (a serving size of salmon is 3 oz)
  • 3 beets and their greens
  • 1 ½ cups chopped cucumber
  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 Tbsp Colavita White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:

  1. First, cook the farro. Fill a medium pot with water and allow it to boil. Wash the beet greens and transfer them to the pot. Allow the greens to wilt and turn bright green. This should take about 2 minutes. Drain greens; squeeze out excess moisture and allow to cool. Once they are cooled, chop them coarsely and set aside.
  2. Prepare the beets. Remove the leafy stems, reserving them, and slice the beets in half. Wrap each loosely in aluminum foil and place in an oven heated to 400 degrees.
  3. Bake until soft when pierced with a knife - about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the beets from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the skins from the beets, and chop into cubes.
  5. Rinse the salmon fillet in cold water. Then, season it with salt and pepper. Heat up your oven to broil and line a broiler pan with foil rubbed with some Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place fish on the foil-lined broiler pan and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Using 2 forks, break fish into large chunks and set aside.
  6. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add in the cup of farro and a pinch of salt. Boil until tender - about 60 minutes.
  7. In a bowl, combine the cooked farro, beet greens, chopped beets, diced cucumber and chunks of broiled salmon.
  8. Drizzle with mint dressing (recipe below) and toss to combine. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and more fresh mint.

Instructions for the dressing:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Process until blended, scraping sides of bowl.