The Perfect Salad
I saw this on one of the super quick videos on Instagram and I can’t find it again! I did take some pretty decent notes though, so below should be a very usable outline which can be used as you wish. We loved, loved, loved all of these ingredients together – enjoy!
equal parts fresh orange juice AND white wine vinegar AND olive oil – try 1/4 c. of each to start
1 small shallot and/or a clove or 2 of garlic, finely minced
1/2 t. EACH kosher salt AND freshly ground pepper
1 T. + honey (to taste)
1/2 to 1 c. farro, cooked according to package directions and cooled (I did this first thing in the morning)
a few mini cucumbers, cleaned and sliced
2+ c. chopped strawberries
1 c. salted, roasted pistachios, chopped if you wish
1 c. solid ricotta salata, crumbled – I’ve also used feta, just remember that it’s usually saltier
1 large handful of shopped fresh mint
several handfuls arugula
For the dressing, either add all ingredients to a blender or to a sturdy container with a tight lid and then pulse or shake well to blend. Taste for seasonings, I found that a titch of extra honey helped the berries to stand out.
For the salad, arrange all of the ingredients that you’ve chosen, except for the arugula, in a large bowl. Drizzle all with the dressing and toss well – taste for seasonings and/or add more dressing if you wish. Once you have the perfect salad, make it even better by adding in a whole lotta arugula and toss again. This was brilliant, if I’d made double the amount the first time, I’m quite convinced we would have wiped that out too!