I try to take my lunch to the office when I go in. It saves me money and helps me make sure I am eating stuff that is at least semi-healthy. Don’t get me wrong…I love the pizzas from our work cafe but they have a crazy high calorie count and don’t offer a lot in the way of vegetables. One of my favorites for work lunches is rainbow farro salad.
This salad is the perfect combination of delicious vegetables and hearty farro. The dressing has just the right amount of tang to it so it tastes light and fresh. For some added protein, I sometimes toss in shredded chicken.
Ingredients for Rainbow Farro Salad:
1 cup farro
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
Let’s Make It:
1. Cook farro according to package directions. Let cool slightly.
2. In a large bowl, combine vegetables and farro. Stir well to combine.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and crushed red pepper. Pour over farro mixture. Top with sliced almonds before serving.
Note: The dressing can and salad can be made ahead of time up to 2 days ahead of time and stored separately. Once mixed together, the salad will keep well for 1-2 days.
You can easily substitute any of your favorite vegetables into the salad. The idea is to get as many colors of the rainbow as possible so you know you are getting a well rounded group.
What are your favorite lunch options? Do you like to make healthy salads and take them in to enjoy instead of the standard lunchroom fare?