The Dish | Blood Orange Farro Salad with Arugula, Avocado, and Burrata

Bursting with freshness and wholesome ingredients, this salad combines the peppery bite of arugula with the nuttiness of farro, the creamy richness of burrata cheese, and the citrusy sweetness of blood oranges. A drizzle of tangy balsamic dressing ties everything together. Whether served as a light lunch, a refreshing side dish, or an elegant starter, this salad is sure to delight.

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  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • 2-3 blood oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 burrata cheese balls
  • ¼ cup red onion sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook the farro according to package instructions. Usually, it’s a ratio of 1:2 of farro to water or broth. Bring the water or broth to a boil, add the farro, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the farro is tender but still chewy.
  • Once cooked, drain any excess liquid and let it cool. Drain, then spread onto a large plate or sheet pan to cool and dry for 20 minutes. This keeps it from continuing to steam and getting mushy.
  • While the farro is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey or maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled farro with the arugula, sliced avocado, and blood orange segments. If using, add the chopped basil and mint leaves as well.
  • Gently toss the salad with the prepared dressing until everything is well coated.
  • Transfer the dressed salad to a serving platter or individual plates.
  • Tear the burrata cheese ball into smaller pieces and scatter them over the salad.
  • Season the salad with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Feel free to customize the salad according to your preferences. You can add toasted nuts or seeds for extra crunch, or drizzle some balsamic glaze on top for added sweetness. 
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

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