This salad is a bit more hands-on than some of the other grain-based dishes in this book, but it makes up for it in flavor. When grilled, in-season eggplants reveal their rich silky and natural sweetness. Plus, this delicious base is high in antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage! Here they shine in a simple but aromatic salad with hearty farro grains. Fresh and dried mint add layers of flavor, and the entire combination comes together effortlessly. Keep this recipe on hand for when you really need a lunchtime showstopper.
Recipe instructions Fancy Farro Salad with Grilled Eggplant
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
To make the farro, combine the farro, water, bay leaves and dried red pepper, if using, in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reducing the heat to low, cover and cook until the farro is tender, 10–25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and red pepper, drain any excess water, if necessary, and transfer the farro to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the serrano chili powder, if using, the Aleppo pepper and dried mint and stir to mix.
Meanwhile, to make the salad, place the eggplant and onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, sprinkle with the sea salt and mix thoroughly.
Cook the mixture, turning with a spatula twice until the eggplant pieces are soft and golden brown in places and the onion slices are caramelized, 30–35 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately sprinkle the vegetables with ¼ cup of the fresh mint and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the vinegar. Mix well—this will soften the mint leaves and remove the bite of vinegar.
Add the hot eggplant mixture to the farro. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar over the salad and stir to combine. Season with additional sea salt and vinegar to taste. Garnish with the remaining ¼ cup mint and the pine nuts and serve.
Roasting shrimp in the oven while the bulgur cooks, makes for a quick preparation and retains all the flavor of the shrimp (unlike boiling, where some of the taste is lost to the water). I always keep a bag of shrimp in my freezer to have on hand for this recipe—just thaw before roasting. Although I like this salad warm, the cold leftovers make an excellent lunch for work the next day.
This flavorful sun dried tomato pesto can be used as a dip or spread! It's made with only six ingredients and is an easy recipe to make.
Pesto Chicken Meatballs - the easiest starter for any day. Are you feeling too sluggish to cook or anticipating many guests? These Pesto Chicken Meatballs will assist in both situations. In just 30 minutes, you can have scrumptious chicken meatballs! If properly made, they will be juicy, full of flavor, and pair well with pasta or vegetables. You may either buy ready-made pesto or prepare it from basil, nuts, garlic, olive oil, and cheese.
This classic Italian starter is great for a party or large gathering. Bruschetta is made with basic ingredients and is quickly prepared.
These Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are really easy to make and they taste great! Let's get some mozzarella and go to the kitchen.
Waffles are a popular breakfast food, but they are often covered with unhealthy toppings and too much sugar. Introducing Cardamon Sour Cream Waffles! They are sweet, but not overly sugary, and packed with heart-healthy nutrients. Rather than using whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and syrup, try topping them with fresh fruit. Your taste buds and health will thank you.
Great for a quick breakfast or snack. Use whatever ingredients you have available, like ham, mushrooms, or peppers.
This Asparagus-Mushroom Frittata is delicious and healthy for any mealtime. With healthy fats and protein, it's low in carbs and gluten-free. Cut into wedges and take the leftovers with you to work or school for an enjoyable lunch while saving money. Trust me, this recipe is better than cafeteria food.
The corn dog is a popular American fast-food dish. It is similar to the hot dog, but with a cornmeal-battered and deep-fried sausage on a stick. For a fun twist, try making Corn Dog Muffins - they're mini and stick-free, perfect for holiday tables, buffets, or parties.
This soup is simple to prepare and it's loaded with healthy vegetables. The smoked sausage provides excellent taste and makes the soup more filling. Pair it with warm, crusty whole-wheat bread for a perfect winter dinner.
This refreshing drink is perfect for warm summer days, bursting with the tropical flavors of fresh mangoes and the creamy indulgence of coconut.
A tasty and savory side dish can be ready in only 15 minutes and pairs well with any main course.
The Taste of Home Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe is a delicious and tender pound cake. It is perfect for dressing up as a holiday gift, especially when served with homemade honey butter.
Carmelitas are easy to make bars that feature chocolate, chewy oats, and plenty of homemade caramel!
This delicious fried rice has high-quality steak and vegetables. It's more delicious and affordable compared to ordering food online.
Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Pizza Roll Ups with Pepperoni and Mozzarella Cheese are the ideal quick appetizer or indulgent snack on busy days.
The Meat Pie Tourtiere recipe is easy to prepare ahead of time. It is a hearty dish made with seasoned ground meat, tender potatoes, and onions, all nestled in a buttery, flaky crust.
The recipe explains how to make Homemade Tagalongs, which are peanut butter patties with a shortbread crust and a thick chocolate coating.
This recipe for banana pancakes is simple and quick, using basic ingredients that you likely already have. You can have them ready in under 20 minutes. It's a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your countertop!
Quinoa is one of my favorite grains for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I am a quinoa fanatic. It has a roasted flavor and a slightly chewy texture that make it excellent alone or in a salad like this. For an even more satisfying meal, you can also add scrambled eggs on top! Quinoa tabbouleh is a modern twist on the traditional Middle Eastern dish known as tabbouleh. This version replaces the traditional bulgur wheat with quinoa, a nutritious and protein-rich grain-like seed. Quinoa tabbouleh offers a gluten-free alternative and adds a nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture to the dish. To make quinoa tabbouleh, cooked quinoa is mixed with finely chopped fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions. The salad is then dressed with a tangy mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. This combination of ingredients creates a vibrant and refreshing salad that is packed with fresh flavors and vibrant colors. Quinoa tabbouleh is not only delicious but also nutritious, as quinoa is a good source of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. It can be served as a side dish, a light meal on its own, or as part of a mezze platter. The dish is often enjoyed in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and has gained popularity as a healthy and flavorful alternative to traditional tabbouleh.