This delicious and Healthy Fruit and Nut Salad is everything that is good about summer! It is light and loaded with all the summer bounties. It can be personalized, depending on what fruit and nuts you are into. I also added in some farro for an even healthier boost!
The dressing for the salad was a blueberry vinaigrette. It has been a favorite of mine for a while now and makes a regular appearance in my summer salads.
The best thing about the blueberry vinaigrette is it is so fast to make. Everything is thrown together in a food processor or blender and whipped up within minutes.
The Whole Grains
I love to use whole grains as much as I can, especially in my salads. The texture it adds is amazing. I always bulk cook my grains too. Then they are ready to go in the fridge anytime I need them. For this salad I wanted farro. Are you familiar with this grain yet? It is an ancient grain that has gained a lot of traction recently. Thank heavens, because it is good! It has a great flavor and adds just the right amount of chew to any food.
Construction of the Healthy Fruit and Nut Salad
Alright, I think it is time to get this salad going. Start with a good base of mixed grains. If you are wondering if I eat this whole salad myself? Yes, yes I do.
Next, layer in your grains. I like to use about ½ cup per salad. A little of this farro goes a long way.
I used 2 kinds of nuts for this salad, but could have used 4. I really like almost every kind of nut! For this I used sliced almonds and chopped pecans.
I don't buy fresh raspberries often, they are just so expensive. I do occasionally when they will really shine though. This salad is a great way for them to shine. I also added some in season blueberries as well.
The finished salad
This is it. The finished salad. It is beautiful, it is bright and it is so healthy and filling.
If this isn't on your list of foods to make soon, it should be! A healthy fruit and nut salad deserve its place on everyone's menu.
Love this healthy fruit and nut salad and are looking for other similar ideas? I have plenty for you to check out. Look at all these options!!
- 3 cups vegetable stock You can also use water if you prefer. I like the flavor stock gives it though. If you would rather use a chicken, fish or beef stock, those are great too.
- 1 cup pearled farro
- 1 teaspoon salt this is a variable. You can add more or less, depending on preference.
- Bring stock to a boil over medium heat. Add salt and farro. Cover and simmer on low for 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes, fluff with fork.Serve as desired!Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a week to a week and half. I like to reheat with a little liquid. So, if you are microwaving, place chilled farro in a microwaveable bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover and microwave on high for for about a minute. If you don't like using microwaves or prefer the cooktop, you can use the same method there. Place farro in pan, add water, cover and simmer until heated. Now, sit back and enjoy. Look at how healthy you are!!
- Food processor or blender
- ¾ cup fresh blueberries I guess you could use frozen, but it wouldn't have the same consistency or texture.
- ⅓ cup good quality olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white lemon balsamic. Link in post. If you don't have the lemon white balsamic, no problem. Any other balsamic will do. Or you could even use a sherry vinegar.
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- Throw all ingredients in small food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. This is so good, you could practically drink it. Of course it is best served over a green salad, roasted beets, fruit salad, watermelon, etc. There are so many options. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!