Farro salad with fresh corn and roasted red onions

A few weeks ago I threw an end of summer salad party. The menu included:

Green salad with orange, avocado, and tamari roasted pumpkin seeds

Grilled chicken breast and fresh green bean salad

Farro salad with fresh corn and roasted red onions

Bean salad with sun-dried tomatoes and Dijon vinaigrette

Here are the recipes for both the farro salad and the bean with sundried tomatoes salad. Both come together quickly and are big crowd pleasers. Enjoy.

Farro salad with fresh corn and roasted red onions

Serves 4

4 cups water 1 cup farro, soaked overnight

1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 large torpedo onions, sliced into 1/2 inch strips (Regular red onions will work well too)

1 teaspoon organic butter or ghee

2 cup organic fresh corn, cut off the cob

1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped Salt and pepper taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the strips of onion on a 8 1/2 x 11 pyrex baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes, stirring once half way through, until the onions are soft and a little crispy at the ends.

Place the water, farro, and salt in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until the farro is tender but still toothy. Drain excess water and set aside.

In a heavy skillet, heat the organic butter and sauté the corn until just tender, about 4 minutes. Place the cooked corn, farro, and onions into a large bowl and season with the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the parsley and enjoy!

Bean salad with sun-dried tomatoes and Dijon vinaigrette

Serves 4-5

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can red beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

3 stalks of celery, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

1 small red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (If they are oil packed, simply chop them. If they are dried, reconstitute them in boiling water for a few minutes then chop.)

1 handful arugula

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

A pinch of smoked sea salt

For the Dijon dressing

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed skillet at the beans and heat through. **You can also quickly blanch them at this point if you prefer. Place them in a large bowl and add the celery, onions, tomatoes, arugula, parsley, and smoked salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, dried herbs, Dijon mustard, and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to whisk until the dressing comes together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle the dressing over the beans, toss well, and serve immediately. Yum!