Summer Farro & Arugula Salad with Smoked Gouda

If you are looking for something different then the average grain or pasta salad this Summer Farro and Arugula Salad is the way to go! The smoky Gouda, crisp apples and juicy grapes give this summery no cook side salad sweet and savory goodness in every bite and the walnuts add a little nutty crunch. All tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing its the perfect accompaniment to a backyard BBQ. Personally I like to eat it as a small meal, along with grilled chicken or fish and paired with a chilled glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. If you are not a fan of farro and looking for a gluten free option you can sub with brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat groats or quinoa.

Makes 5-6 servings.

For the salad:

Ingredients:

2 cups farro

3 cups water 

1 cup chopped red apple with skin

1 cup plump red seedless grapes cut in half

1 cup walnuts roughly chopped 

1 cup smoked Gouda cut into 1/2 inch pieces.

2 cups arugula 

1/2 cup chopped scallions

Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil. Cook the farro (or choice of grain as directed on package). Once the farro is cooked set aside to cool. In a large bowl add the farro, red apple, red grapes, walnuts and smoked Gouda. Combine well. Toss in the scallions and arugula then season with salt and pepper.

For the dressing:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white 

balsamic vinegar (sub apple cider vinegar)

Juice of one lime.

2 tablespoons raw honey 

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In a small mason jar add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, honey, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to a small.  Cover tightly and shake well until fully blended. Pour the dressing over the farro salad and combine well.

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