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Recipe: Kale salad with farro, dried fruit and blue cheese

Recipe: Kale salad with farro, dried fruit and blue cheese

March 10, 2012
  • Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times (m06c4qpd20120309105915/600/600x400 )

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 4 to 6

1/4 cup farro

Water

Salt

1/4 cup mixed dried fruit (such as sour cherries, cranberries, raisins)

1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier

1 pound kale (about 2 bunches)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

2 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Toast the farro in a dry medium saucepan over medium heat until it smells nutty and turns golden, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Season with one-half teaspoon salt and cook until the farro is tender but still a little chewy, about 45 minutes. Drain (there will probably still be some liquid left), rinse under cold running water and gently pat dry in a kitchen towel.

2. Place the dried fruit in a small bowl with the Grand Marnier. Add just enough warm water to cover and set aside until softened, about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave them for 30 seconds and let stand for 5 minutes.

3. Remove and discard the stems from the kale. Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large mixing bowl with 1 teaspoon salt and the olive oil. Grab the leaves by the handfuls and massage them roughly. Don't be timid. After a minute or two, the coarse, stiff leaves will turn soft and silky. You'll have about half the volume of kale you started with.

4. Drain the dried fruit and add it to the kale, along with the cooked farro, blue cheese, red onion, pecans and vinegar. Toss to mix well, then season to taste with black pepper and more salt and vinegar, if necessary.

Each of 6 servings: 127 calories; 4 grams protein; 16 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 6 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 5 grams sugar; 688 mg sodium.

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