Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

Tomorrow is September 1st. Can you believe it? This summer, like most, has flown by so, so fast. We filled our days with a lot of work and not enough downtime, and now we’re thinking ahead to these next few weeks and trying to be more intentional about having some straight up fun.

It’s been very hot in Boston (and everywhere?) for months now. Part of me is giddy for crisper, chillier fall days and the satisfying crunch of leaves beneath my feet. But then I immediately remember what season comes next, and I want to hang onto these last summer days for dear life—soak in that sunshine and vitamin D, load up on fresh fruits and veggies, and get back to figuring out how Aaron and I can be in Southern California right when Boston starts dipping below 50 degrees. #summerforever

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

In terms of creating new recipes, I especially love this time of year. There’s still a lot of amazing produce at farmers markets and grocery stores, our little container garden has hit its stride, and the days are just starting to cool down enough for us to begin craving heartier meals. For me, fusing light, fruit-filled salads with grains to give them a bit more heft is lunch/dinner perfection.

For this salad I’m checking all of the texture and flavor boxes: chewy farro, sweet (and brilliantly red) strawberries, tart dried cherries, crunchy toasted almonds, peppery arugula, and fresh basil leaves straight from our garden. The smell of that freshly picked basil…gah, I want to bottle it up!

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

I’ve been using organic, hydro-therm™ culinary oils from a company called Flora this summer, including the most flavorful extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, sunflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, and perhaps my favorite—almond oil. Flora’s low temperature pressing method protects the oils’ omega fatty acids and the oils are all unfiltered and unrefined, which means you can really taste them in your recipes.

I wanted to play up the almond flavor in today’s farro salad, so instead of using my go-to extra virgin olive oil to make a simple lemon dressing, I opted for a generous pour of almond oil, some minced shallot, and a little maple syrup for that awesome salty/sweet balance. It’s a super quick and easy dressing, but I think you’ll find that it really does take the salad to another level.  We enjoyed it so much, I ended up making a second batch so we would have extra dressing handy for greens throughout the week.

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A big thank you to Flora for sponsoring this post! We love their culinary oils!

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Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side


Prep Time: 15 mins

Chewy farro, sweet strawberries, tart cherries, toasted almonds, peppery arugula, and fresh basil—all tossed in a simple lemon shallot dressing.

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #salad #farro #recipe

Arugula, Almond & Farro Salad

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Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons Flora Almond Oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds
  • 2 heaping cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed then torn

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 2 as a main, 4 as a side

Prep Time: 15 mins

Chewy farro, sweet strawberries, tart cherries, toasted almonds, peppery arugula, and fresh basil—all tossed in a simple lemon shallot dressing.

Instructions

  • Make the dressing: In a small jar with a lid, add the almond oil, lemon juice, shallot, and maple syrup. Screw the lid on the jar tightly, then shake to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Make the salad: In a large bowl, gently toss the farro, strawberries, tart cherries, and almonds. Add the arugula, basil, and dressing and gently toss once more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes [2]

I experimented with a couple of different farro grains: one “artisanal” brand from Whole Foods that cost $9 and another quick-cooking farro from Trader Joe’s that cost $1.79. In the end, the farro looked and tasted almost exactly the same! So, if you have access to a TJ’s, save yourself the $7.

I chose to play up the almond flavor in the salad by using almond oil in the dressing; however, other oils, like extra-virgin olive oil, are also delicious.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Brianna says

    This is seriously the salad of my dreams. You included my favorite ingredients! I love the almond oil in the dressing. I bet it really brings out the sliced almond flavor.

    1. I think we have similar salad preferences! The almond oil is great. I also recommend it for baked goods—Aaron made a dried cranberry pecan rye bread the other week using almond oil and it was so good!

  2. Mandy says

    That is one beautiful salad. My farmers market is today and now I know what I’ll be making for dinner. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Thanks, Mandy! I think you should be able to find just about all of the ingredients at your farmer’s market (except maybe the farro). You could also try fresh cherries instead of dried if that’s more convenient too!

  3. Caroline says

    I love almonds so I’m curious to try almond oil instead of my usual olive or canola oil. Do you know where I can find the Flora almond oil you used?

    1. Hey Caroline! I found it at Whole Foods and my local co-op. You can use Flora’s store locator to find it near you. 🙂

  4. Libby says

    There’s not a thing in this salad that I’m not very pumped about. 😀

  5. I love all the ingredients in this! I’ve never tried almond oil, but I’m intrigued now.

    1. I have a feeling you’d love almond oil! I’m currently obsessed with almond and walnut oils. Last week I made my chocolate olive oil ice cream recipe with almond and walnut oils instead and no joke—it tasted like brownies! So many fun uses for these nut-based oils…

      1. That sounds delicious! I’ll have to keep my eye out for almond (or walnut) oil. Now I’m intrigued!

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