Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter Farro Salad with Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

         Winter is almost here, although it feels like it has already arrived here in Boston! Salads are typically a summer dish but for me it's a quick easy lunch or dinner all year round. For my winter inspired salad I am highlighting winter produce and raisins! I love using raisins to add in natural sweetness and flavor to whatever I am making. Did you know California Raisins are naturally sweet, fat and cholesterol free, and a 1/4 cup serving also provides 9% of your fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron needs? What is not to love! Raisins also make for a great cheap on-the-go snack and can be added to a variety of sweet and savory dishes.
        For my Winter inspired salad I used seasonal produce including oranges and fennel and used raisins for a touch of sweetness. I also used farro for a hearty flavor and texture. For those of you who have never heard of it, it's a gluten free whole grain and can be used instead of rice or pasta in a variety of dishes. I just love the texture and nutty flavor it provides to this winter dish.

Winter Farro Salad with Orange Dijon Vinaigrette
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup fennel, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup California Raisins
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange, cut into segments
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 cups spinach leaves


  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, minced

1. Cook farro according to package.
2. While farro is cooking, heat raisins in orange juice in a small sauce pan for 5-7 minutes to plump up the raisins then set aside.
3. For vinaigrette add all ingredients to a blender and mix until emulsified.
2. Once farro is cooked, drain and let cool. Then add in raisins, orange segments, almonds and spinach leaves. Then add in dressing. Toss to combine.

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“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”


  1. This salad sounds great! love the combo of fennel and orange and what yummy flavors in your dressing!

    1. Thanks! The flavors definitely go great together!

  2. YUM - I adore farro (my favorite whole grain) and love the winter flavors you got going on here :)

    1. I know I can't get enough myself! I think there will be some more farro recipes to come :)

  3. Fennel and orange is a classic combo...made better with raisins. Yum!

  4. Mmm, looks like the perfect way to try making farro at home!