I just got back from an 8 day camping trip (I know!) and made a similar salad sans edamame and a fancy dressing, while having my friend Nicole over for dinner at our campsite one night. I’m amazed still being married and I’m not shocked I’m not a hot dog, S’mores and Lays girl. Give me my clean food!
Sooooooo nice to be home! As soon as I was done with mountains of laundry, removing spider webs from the fridge & pantry and over enjoying my couch, bed and TV, I put my pots and camera to work and made this Edamame, Watermelon & Arugula Farro Salad for you, me and the kids. They ate it!!!
Crunchy edamame beans, juicy sweet watermelon, creamy feta cheese, tangy zesty arugula drizzled with honey basil vinaigrette. Delicious! You could swap sweet green peas for edamame and avoid feta to make the salad vegan or if you don’t have it. Edamame are fresh soybeans full of protein, fiber and folate. You can find them sold shelled and frozen in a bag.
Aaaaand Farro… Basically, it’s Italian wheat that is full of protein, good for you complex carbs and fiber. Weight Watchers dream. I buy 10 Minute Farro from Trader Joe’s because it’s pre-cooked and it’s there. If you use regular farro, you have to soak it and cook like rice, which is not a big deal. I used the whole package, about 1.5 cups. Feel free to reduce the amount of farro to 1 cup.
The salad came out very juicy and flavourful thanks to watermelon, arugula and lime. Not a drop of oil. That’s what happens when you use wholesome real ingredients. Freshly squeezed lime or lemon is the best dressing! I found that out by making Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad and never looked back.
I just want to tell you more about Nicole. She saved my salads for you. I remember, one day I told her I’ll make and post only protein powder desserts. She said “But I love your salads!”. Gob bless her and my indigestion of whey protein powder since then. Browsing through my salad category, I noticed I haven’t posted a salad in months and I eat salads every day. I like wholesome salads, not the romaine lettuce with croutons type of salads. The salad has to make 1/2 of my meal. So, I’m gonna stop lying and post salads every week from now on.
And a couple more words about Nicole. When I met her 4 years ago, she was drinking Crystal Light and lunching on Lean Cuisine. Last weekend, when I visited her after my camping trip, I honestly thought I would have to stop for a Subway sandwich. BUT my dear friend Nicole served me & Alex Superfood Chia Green Smoothie, 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs and a delicious salad. Way to go, Sweetie Pie!
Clean & filling farro salad with edamame, watermelon, arugula & honey basil vinaigrette. Not a drop of oil. Full of protein, good for you complex carbs and fiber. You could swap sweet green peas for edamame and avoid feta to make the salad vegan or if you don’t have it.
- 1 + 1/2 cups farro, dry
- 2 cups edamame, shelled
- 1 + 1/2 cup watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 3 handfuls arugula
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tbsp honey, melted in microwave if necessary
- 12 basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1/8 tsp salt
- In 2 separate pots, cook farro and edamame as per package instructions. I like my grains crunchy, so I undercook farro by 3-4 minutes. I also add a pinch of salt to each pot. Drain and add to a large bowl. Add watermelon, feta cheese and arugula.
- To prepare the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lime juice, honey, salt and basil. A note, I used unpasteurized honey that needed to be melted in microwave. Add dressing to the bowl with salad ingredients and toss enough to combine. Serve cold.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cups:
Total Fat: 5.4 g
Cholesterol: 11.1 mg
Sodium: 234.4 mg
Total Carbs: 42.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
Sugars: 7.7 g
Protein: 14.2 g
WW Points+: 7