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Kale and Farro Salad with Almonds & Pomegranate

Kale and Farro Salad with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds

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This Kale and Farro Salad is one of my all-time favorite vegan salads. Think of it like a Winter Tabouli Salad. It’s loaded up with chopped kale and parsley and instead of bulgar, hearty farro is added to the mix. Pomegranate seeds replace out-of-season tomatoes here and toasted almonds give this a nice crunch! The best part? It can be made ahead!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked farro (or sub wheat berries, bulgar wheat, quinoa, or other grain)
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale ( 8-10 ounces) finely chopped, about 45 cups.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, very finely chopped ( tender stems, OK) about 1-2 cups
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds  (or purchase frozen)
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup toasted almonds, chopped, slivered, or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Optional Garnish: Avocado slices for extra richness

Instructions

  1. Start farro to cook on the stove ( 1/2 cup dry). Place in a pot of salted water, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, simmer gently until tender, 30-40 minutes. Drain.
  2. Chop kale finely and place in a large bowl. Add oil, salt, garlic and lemon zest. Massage the kale with clean hands until kale becomes tenderized, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add parsley, onion, pomegranate, almonds and farro. Toss to combine and add lemon juice and allspice and cinnamon.
  4.  Mix and taste, adding more salt, allspice and lemon to your taste. If making ahead, make sure to re-taste right before serving- the farro will soak up much of the salt and lemon, so usually I’ll add more.
  5. For extra richness, right before serving, add slices of avocado if you like.

Notes

Updated recipe on 12/ 2019. The original recipe used 2 cups of cooked farro.

This will keep 2-3 days in the fridge.

Sometimes I’ll add other herbs to this as well – cilantro and/or mint. Tasty!

Nutrition

Keywords: farro kale salad, kale Farro Salad, kale tabouleh, winter tabbouleh, kale tabbouleh, kale salad with pomegranate, farro kale salad, holiday salad,

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