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Farro Spinach Salad with Apples & Honey Dijon

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Simple & healthy, this farro spinach salad with apples has a delicious honey Dijon dressing, shaved Parmesan cheese, sliced red onion and toasted pine nuts.

A large white bowl of spinach salad with farro, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, sliced apples, red onions and a honey dijon dressing.

Not only is this spinach & farro salad tasty, but it’s healthy, easy to make, and a delightful step up from your boring old salad routine.

Raw spinach makes an excellent lettuce alternative.  It’s got more minerals, vitamins and fiber than regular lettuce.  Its leaves are nice and tender (kind of like butter lettuce!) making it great for eating raw.

Farro is an ancient grain with similar texture to barley.  It’s got a nutty flavor with a chewy texture, making it a great add-in on salads!  It’s also a good source of protein and vitamins A & E.

A wooden cutting board with saved parmesan cheese, sliced red apples, thinly sliced red onion, a small bowl of toasted pine nuts, and a small bowl of cooked farro. A big white bowl of fresh spinach is next to the prepare ingredients.

To make this easy and healthy farro spinach salad with apples:

  1. Combine raw spinach, cooked farro, thin sliced red onions and thin sliced apples in a large bowl.

  2. Top with toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan pieces.
  3. Pour honey Dijon dressing onto the salad, and toss to evenly combine.
  4. Serve cold or at room temp.

The dressing for this spinach farro salad is super flavorful, made with:

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
A small mason jar of honey dijon dressing for spinach and farro salad with apples.

A couple of tips:

  •  If you don’t plan on eating the whole salad in one sitting, I recommend leaving it undressed and tossing with the dressing as served because as the spinach sits, it will get wilted.
  • Pine nuts compliment the flavors in the salad nicely, however if you’d rather use another type of nut such as walnut, pistachio, etc. feel free!
  • For added protein and to make this a complete meal, top with grilled chicken, spinach or steak!

Farro spinach salad with apples is a great salad recipe for any season:  perfect for fall, winter, spring or summer, it’s light and healthy for any occasion. 

A large white bowl of spinach salad with farro, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, sliced apples, red onions and a honey dijon dressing.

What to serve with this spinach salad?

For more delicious salad recipes try:

Asian Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing
Kale & Lentil Salad Bowls

No Mayo Avocado Tuna Salad

 

A large white bowl of spinach salad with farro, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, sliced apples, red onions and a honey dijon dressing.
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Farro Spinach Salad with Apples & Honey Dijon

Simple & healthy, this farro spinach salad with apples has a delicious honey Dijon dressing, shaved parmesan cheese, sliced red onion and toasted pine nuts.
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword farrosalad, Healthy, spinachsalad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot

Ingredients

Spinach Farro & Apple Salad

  • 1 Bag Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Farro
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts toasted (can substitute any nut)
  • ½ cup Shaved Parmesan Slices
  • 1 ½ cup Apple Slices about 2 apples
  • ½ Red Onion sliced thin

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

Instructions

  • Cook farro according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Add remaining salad ingredients to large bowl. Toss with cooked farro.
  • Make honey Dijon dressing by adding all ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar. Whisk well to combine (or cover jar tightly and shake vigorously)
  • Dress salad right before serving. Toss to evenly combine.


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