July 28, 2013

Farro & Goat Cheese Salad with Dried Cranberries

My house is getting boxed up in only two weeks, which means using up everything in my kitchen!  Farro and dried cranberries in the cupboard led me to Life Ambrosia's recipe, which was perfect because I also had parsley in my garden and goat cheese in the fridge.

At first glance the recipe seemed kind of bland, but I'm so happy I made it because the ingredients work so well together!  Oh and on a side note, I completely forgot to add the olive oil when I first made this and I still thought it was delicious.

There are a couple Trader Joe's items I recommend to make this salad come together quickly.  One is 10-minute farro which cuts the cook time considerably.  The other is their crumbled goat cheese.
Am I the only one who hates trying to crumble goat cheese?  It's so soft that it ends up just smearing between my fingers.  Buying the crumbled version costs a bit more per ounce, but I think it's worth it ($2.49 for 4oz crumbled or 5oz log).
Farro & Goat Cheese Salad with Dried Cranberries

Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 2 cups farro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 8 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • Cook farro according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • While farro is cooling, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, rosemary and garlic.
  • Once farro has cooled, toss with cranberries, parsley and goat cheese. When you are ready to serve the salad, stir in the dressing. Refrigerate leftovers.
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  1. Wow, where has the time gone? Will you have a Trader Joe's nearby in Miami?

    1. Currently, the closest Trader Joe's is 2 hours away in Naples, but one is opening in Miami this October! 45 minutes from our apartment, but with Miami traffic it might be easier to go to Naples :)

  2. This is a gorgeous salad and definitely something my kids would enjoy. I know, sounds weird but they love goat cheese and cranberries. :) Can't wait to give this a try.