Greek Farro Salad #PicnicGame #SkinnyTip

Greek Farro Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Brunch at Michael's

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I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in Miami with some of my best blogger buddies. The food highlight of the trip was eating brunch with my dear Sunday Supper friends, Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Aly of Cooking in Stilettos, and Shaina of Take a Bite out of Boca. The ever informed Aly lead us to Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink and we literally swooned over every bite. Shaina and I split a Greek Farro Salad that I immediately wanted to recreate. What better platform than at a picnic organized by my Sunday Supper friends? I took the letter “G” for Greek Farro Salad.

Greek Farro Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

If you can boil, chop and whisk, you can make this salad. I cooked the farro in chicken broth, but salted water is perfect, too. Lots of chopped veggies are added: tomatoes (a seeded, beefy garden tomato would be ideal), cucumbers, onion and black olives…along with some crumbled feta cheese. The vinaigrette had a Greek feel with red wine vinegar and lemon juice whisked with olive oil. Some minced fresh oregano provided some additional Mediterranean flair.

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

The Picnic Game

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from The Dinner-Mom
Elote from Peaceful Cooking
Fennel Slaw from FoodieTots
AND…

Greek Farro Salad

Greek Farro Salad #PicnicGame
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro, cooked according to package instructions (I cooked in chicken broth) and drained well and cooled slightly
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced, then chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼-1/2 cup crumbled French feta
Instructions
  1. In a serving bowl, toss together cooked farro with olive oil. Add tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and olives.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Add to salad and toss. Add feta and gently toss. Allow salad to sit at room temperature for about a half hour to let flavors meld. Adjust seasonings as needed.
Yield: 4 servings
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Next up is the letter H and Honey Porter Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Skewers from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. The rest of the list can be seen on the Sunday Supper Movement page. Let’s ALL celebrate International Picnic Day!

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #16: When dining out, a salad drenched in creamy dressing may not be your best choice. Look for a salad with a vinaigrette and watch out for high fat add ins such a deli meats and cheeses. A better choice is often a grilled protein like salmon or chicken with a side of grilled vegetables.

Comments

  1. I have yet to try farro but I love Greek salad so this is a must make!

  2. Hi Lizzy! I’ll go google what is farro and meantime, I am admiring this very colourful salad! I am sure that I would enjoy this salad minus the cheese 🙂

  3. Yummy! I would love this salad too! 🙂 my type of the food

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds like a very tasty and healthy meal:@)

  5. I had farro for the first time at a Mother’s day brunch. I had no idea how good it tasted. My husband wasn’t such a fan but I have been dreaming about how to use it ever since. He loves all things Greek – tomatoes, feta, olives. Maybe this would win him over?

  6. I haven’t eaten farro, but this salad looks fantastic Lizzy!

  7. I love any and all Greek flavors. This looks wonderful!

  8. I love farro- it’s such a hearty grain and a nice change from pasta or rice. Lovely salad!

  9. This salad looks divine, Liz! Love the flavours!

  10. OK, well you know I’m on board with this one, Liz – anything Greek and I’m in! Wonderful idea to combine the traditional with the new and add farro. I’m going to give this one a try! (I’ve never tried cooking farro before so this would provide the perfect chance!) Pinning on my healthy foods board. 🙂

  11. Oh yummy this would definitely be perfect for a picnic I love salads made with grains and pulses and the Greek influence is a winner 🙂

  12. What fun you must have had hanging out with your blogger pals! Fun experience. And this salad would be a fun experience at our house — it looks so terrific. I love salads like this in the summer — so refreshing. And you’ve reminded me I don’t use farro nearly enough. Thanks for this.

  13. Farro is one thing that I have not prepared before so I am very excited to see this recipe! Thank you for making this salad for us. What a fun picnic!!

  14. How fun Liz! You and Kim just figure out ways to get together, don’t you. So nice to see both of your pretty faces! I’m a nut for Greek salad and farro is one of my favorite grains so this salad looks fabulous, what a great combination of ingredients!

  15. Now I’m hungry! The good news is I can boil, cook, chop and whisk!…Looks like you had one delicious brunch with fellow bloggers at BlogHer

  16. This farro has my name all over it!! Can I have it for lunch?@@!! Making me so hungry!

  17. This looks like a great Greek salad with nice flavors and ingredients. I have used freekeh but not farro.

  18. I cook my grains in broth too. Makes it extra awesome!

  19. Yum. I love salads, especially in the summertime!

  20. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Greek food and I LOVE a great skinny recipe! Beautiful job! Pinning!

  21. This salad looks amazing! I love greek salads, and thanks for the tip!

  22. I am craving this amazing salad right now…It is so colorful and full of fresh ingredients!

  23. Love all these fresh flavors, Liz. Perfect for a picnic with tons of texture and color!

  24. I really need to try farro. This salad looks delicious!

  25. Michael’s is one of my favorite restaurants. You can’t go wrong recreating ANYTHING that they make!

  26. Liz!!! I love this salad!!! I don’t know how i missed this awesome picnic game!!! love this whole concept! Pinned and going to check out A-F!!!

  27. I love that you used farro for this Greek Salad. YUM

  28. What a fun catch up,Liz, and a delicious salad! Love it!

  29. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this gorgeous salad! We have an Italian chain restaurant near us called Amici’s and I’m completely obsessed with a seasonal item they have on their menu right now that is very similar to this. I so need to try your version! Pinning 🙂

  30. I’ve been cooking with farro for several years now and totally love it! I think you girls knocked this picnic out of the park!

  31. Totally love farro! This is a very satisfying and delicious salad, Liz.

  32. Love this combination of flavors Liz. A perfect picnic salad.

  33. Lovely! I’ve been binging on salads lately, so this will be perfect 🙂

  34. We haven’t tried farro and feta together in salad yet, and your recipe is a great example to follow! Thank you Liz, have a wonderful week!

  35. Great salad, light but filling!
    Beautiful ladies!

    ela h.

  36. I love the nuttiness and “bite” of farro and your salad looks so bright and healthy and delicious, Liz. The perfect summer meal!

  37. What a great salad Liz! Love that you added farro and it sounds delicious with the combination of flavors!

  38. I have yet to try farro, but I love the flavors in this so I’ll make this soon. This is perfect for a picnic.

  39. This is one of my favorite kinds of salads, I love the heft that the grains add (and farro is my favorite)! Delicious picnic contribution :).

  40. What a fabulous Salad! Don’t you love eating out and wanting to rush home to recreate what you made!

  41. Leslie Gagne says:

    The salad looks wonderful! I’m going to substitute Greek oregano. I grow it and dry it for so many of my Greek recipes. This oregano is truly wonderful!

  42. I have never tried farro…. new food quest to try. 🙂 I love greek anything… this looks like a wonderful summer salad.

  43. WOW! This looks beautiful AND healthy!

  44. Now I need to research farro and see what thats all about 🙂 because your salad looks amazing!

  45. Looks really delicious, Liz. My kind of food! And I love the photo of all of you. 🙂

  46. Farro has become one my very favorite grains. This salad sounds SO good, Lizzy!

  47. Lizzy,
    I’ve never had farro but I’d love to try it. It must be great to go on food trips and meet blogger buddies.
    Annamaria

  48. Ooooh, is it picnic day already and I missed it? This is so fantastic! Goodness and gracious, I could eat Greek salads all day, and this one most certainly. I’d buy a nice wicker basket for it, even 😉 lovely as always, Liz!

  49. Farro is new to me also but I would love to try it. Your dish is very tempting!

  50. Yum. Yum. Great farro twist to the Greek classic! I can eat this every day, Besides I need to get skinny which I never manage to do in time for the summer. 🙂

  51. Lizzy, this sounds so yummy and refreshing! Love farro!

  52. I love Greek salads! The addition of farro (which I have never had) looks and sounds wonderful.

  53. Gorgeous! I love all of these ingredients. It has been so much fun to meet some of my blogger friends – hope to meet you someday soon!

  54. I have been wanting to try farro but just haven’t gotten around to it because, well I really didn’t know what to do with it. Now I do 🙂

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