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Farro and Melon Salad with Prosciutto

This Farro and Melon salad has a delicious blend of nutty farro, sweet balled cantaloupe, sugar snap peas and arugula. All tossed with a light white balsamic vinaigrette and served with sliced prosciutto. Perfect as a summer appetizer or hearty main dish.

Farro and Melon Salad with Prosciutto

The inspiration for this recipe started with the classic melon and prosciutto pairing—a combo that I don’t indulge in very often but is super delicious all the same. I thought I’d make it more of a complete meal by combing the salty cured meat with sweet summer cantaloupe, nutty farro, toasted seeds and sugar snap peas. Tossed with a quick white balsamic vinaigrette, it’s a really unique and delicious combination of flavors and textures. Plus—so easy to make!

Farro and Melon Salad with Prosciutto

How to Make Farro and Melon Salad

So first you’ll want to cook the farro. For salads, it’s best to use chilled farro because this prevents it from getting mushy. It also keeps the other ingredients from wilting. Just like other grains, you can cook your farro over the stove. Just bring about 1 1/2 cups of dry farro and 3 cups of water to a boil, cover and reduce to a bare simmer. Cook for about 25-30 minutes or until the water has absorbed and the grains are tender but still a little chewy.

When you’re ready to assemble the rest of the salad, heat a small pan over medium low heat and add the seeds. I like to use a mix of sunflower and pumpkin. Toast the seeds for about 5-10 minutes, tossing them occasionally so they don’t burn. You’ll know they’re ready when the pumpkin seeds start to pop and the sunflower seeds turn a golden brown color.

Next, make the dressing. So easy, just pour some good, fruity olive oil, white balsamic vinegar and honey into a jar. Add a pinch of thyme and salt then shake it up.

Finally to assemble the salad, chop up all the vegetables and ball the melon. I love the way balled cantaloupe tastes and looks in this fararo and melon salad. If you don’t have a melon baller, a tablespoon would work too. Or you can just slice it but that’s not as fun. In a very large bowl, add the cooked farro, your toasted seeds, the melon and sugar snap peas. Toss with the arugula and pour over the vinaigrette.

To serve, I recommend adding the prosciutto to each portion with a crumble of feta (or tofu feta if you’re dairy free). This farro and melon is great at room temperature but also keeps well in the fridge for up to four days without the prosciutto.

Farro and Melon Salad with Prosciutto

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Farro and melon salad with prosciutto

Farro and Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious blend of nutty farro, sugar snap peas, arugula, toasted seeds and balled cantaloupe. Tossed with a light white balsamic dressing and served with slices of prosciutto and a sprinkle of feta.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups cooked farro, chilled*
  • 2 cups cantaloupe, scooped with a melon baller
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 3 oz prosciutto
  • Feta for serving (optional)

Instructions

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat. Add the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in an even layer. Toast for 5-8 minutes, tossing occasionally until golden brown and popping. Set aside to cool.
    2. To make the vinaigrette, add all ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine.
    3. In a large bowl, add the chilled farro, cantaloupe, snap peas, toasted seeds and arugula. Toss with the balsamic vinaigrette and serve chilled or at room temperature with slices of prosciutto and crumbled feta.

Notes

*leftover cooked farro is best for salads because it won’t get mushy. Ideally cook the day before and chill overnight or for at least a couple hours.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 920mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 8gSugar: 16gProtein: 14g

All nutritional info is an estimation

4 Comments

  1. I love the flavour combination of melon with prosciutto!

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