This Apple Farro Salad is a nutritious fall side dish made with apples, hazelnuts, sage, and farro. It’s the perfect combination of delicious cool weather flavors!
Know what’s awesome? Fall. Know what’s not awesome? Falling. Let me tell you, I know firsthand.
During my morning run on Monday, I took a pretty good fall after tripping over an uneven sidewalk and went flying, face first, into the ground. Luckily (or probably unluckily) I reached out and caught myself before my face hit the ground, but not before my iPhone shattered into a thousand pieces and a couple expletives escaped my mouth in front of the 8-year-old who was outside playing since it was Columbus Day and all the kids were out of school. Yay.
I blame Katy Perry. It was her song that came on my Pandora station that I was trying to change when my earbud wires got all tangled up and I got distracted trying to sort out the mess. Thanks a lot, Katy. I’m sure it was quite a sight watching me crash to the ground, my front end flying full force while my feet stayed right where they were. I’m sure I would have laughed if I saw it. I tend to do that when people fall. I’ve probably racked up a good amount of bad karma over the years for doing so, resulting in my embarrassing (and painful) fall. So now I get to replace my phone for the very first time for having a smashed screen (sad day) and navigate my way through insurance and finding a PCP so I can go to the doctor for a possible arm fracture.
So that’s my story about falling. Now back to fall. And this amazing Apple Farro Salad that has all the amazing fall flavors bundled up into one healthy, delicious dish.
If you’ve never tried farro, you’re not alone. When Mr. Table first saw it, he called it ‘boiled sunflower seeds.’ After trying this salad, farro’s nickname got upgraded to ‘barley.’ Good try babe. Farro is actually an ‘ancient grain’ that is a form of wheat left in whole form (usually), making it a healthy whole grain. It’s high in fiber and could even have higher antioxidant content than today’s commercial wheat varieties.
This festive salad is a great place to start when it comes to trying farro. It’s got all of the cozy flavors of fall that you love, like apples, sage, and hazelnuts, plus satisfying whole grain farro. It’s super easy to make (just prepare farro like you would quinoa), and would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving table or to accompany any fall dinner!
This Apple Farro Salad is a nutritious fall side dish made with apples, hazelnuts, sage, and farro. It's the perfect combination of delicious cool weather flavors!
- 2 cups cooked farro
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 2 stalks celery, with leaves
- 8-10 fresh sage leaves
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Cook farro according to package directions and let cool. While farro is cooking, dice apple and slice celery. Roughly chop the celery leaves. Thinly slice sage. In a small pan on the stovetop, lightly toast hazelnuts over low heat until just browned and fragrant.
- In a large bowl, combine cooled farro, apples, celery, celery leaves, sage and hazelnuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, cider vinegar, and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over farro mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
For even more flavor, cook farro with chicken or vegetables stock instead of water.
So to recap, FALL is good. FALLING is bad. You should make this delicious Apple Farro Salad and avoid running. (Just kidding, keep running, your heart will thank you. Maybe just get some wireless earbuds.)