4 stalks celery, thinly sliced crosswise and roughly chopped
2/3 cup chopped red onion (about one small red onion, chopped)
1 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup Greek dressing or olive oil and lemon juice, to taste
Greens and garnishes
Mixed greens, roughly chopped if you have time (a couple handfuls per salad)
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds
Handful dried cherries or cranberries, roughly chopped
Kalamata olives, pitted and thinly sliced (optional)
Feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
To cook the farro: In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed farro with at least three cups water (enough water to cover the farro by a couple of inches). Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook until the farro is tender to the bite but still pleasantly chewy. (Pearled farro will take around 15 minutes, unprocessed farro will take 25 to 40 minutes.) Drain off the excess water and mix in the olive oil, garlic and salt. Set aside to cool.
Make the dressing: Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until emulsified.
Make the chickpea and celery salad: In a serving bowl, toss together the chickpeas, prepared celery, red onion and parsley. Stir in enough dressing (or olive oil and lemon juice) to lightly coat the salad. Toss and set aside.
Toast the pepitas: In a skillet over medium-low heat, toast the pepitas for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until they smell fragrant and toasty. Transfer the pepitas to a bowl to cool.
To assemble your mason jar salads: In a quart-sized mason jar (32 ounce capacity), layer the chickpea salad at the bottom along with an additional tablespoon or two of dressing (enough to lightly coat the salad when you turn the jar upside down). Top with cooled farro, then greens (leave about an inch of room at the top). Finish with a sprinkle of
Salad inspired by my Greek farro and chickpea salad with herbed yogurt, chickpea salad and Lebanese lemon-parsley salad. Greek dressing originally seen in my Greek salad with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. You might also enjoy my roasted cauliflower and farro salad. Why buy organic? Conventionally grown celery and greens are usually high in pesticide exposure. Make it vegan/dairy free: Just skip the feta. Add extra olives for a salty punch. Quick farro tip: Trader Joe’s sells pre-cooked farro that only takes 10 minutes to cook. Look for it near the rice. Storage suggestions: Feel free to prepare mason jar salads up to a few days in advance. Just store them upright so the dressing doesn’t get to the greens. You can also store the components separately and mix and match as desired. If the olive oil in the dressing solidifies when refrigerated, just let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes or give it a brief zap in the microwave, then whisk the dressing back together.
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