This delicious and nutritious whole grain salad is great hot or cold and it’s made with easy and convenient shelf-stable ingredients like whole grain farro, jarred artichoke hearts, and jarred basil pesto, long-lasting Parmesan cheese, and shelled pecans.
1cupartichoke hearts, chopped (from a jar or can, packed in water)
1cupgrape tomatoes, cut into quarters(½ of a pint)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Scatter the pecan halves on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, then chop them coarsely.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the farro with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, stir, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grains are tender but still chewy, about 20 minutes. Drain off the excess water and fluff the farro with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the pesto to coat all of the grains. Stir in the Parmesan, artichokes, tomatoes, and toasted pecans. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
*One serving of pecans (28g) has 18g unsaturated fat and only 2g saturated fat.