Is it normal to get this excited about a salad?
Nope, I didn't think so. Especially when there isn't bread or pasta or even avocado in it. This is just a good, healthy, green salad that's ridiculously tasty, even more insanely simple to make and, best of all, solves the issue of what you're going to have for lunch tomorrow, especially if you're working.
This recipe was created out of shear necessity. I make an effort to bring my lunch with me to work four out of five days a week since eating out in San Francisco is incredibly expensive. But bringing lunch with you to work can be a seriously negative experience from beginning to end. First you have to decide what you want to make. Which, let me just stop right there, can already feel like the worst when you just want to make something easy and familiar but the thought of having that same boring salad one more time makes you want to scream. Okay. A bit dramatic but unfortunately a reality sometimes.
Then you have to grocery shop, make the recipe, put in in your tupperware and hope that it tastes good the next day. Alright, so I can't really get you out of grocery shopping or preparing your lunch but this recipe sure does help with every other step because it's not your same old boring salad, it's easy to make, easy to transport, tastes great the next day (when salad dressing is stored separately) and is insanely delicious. Oh, and it's healthy and full of plant-based goodness so it won't make you feel sleepy or weighed down in the afternoon.
Here's why exactly this is the best salad ever: the base is peppery arugula (full of iron), then we add crunchy cauliflower florets (detoxing with antioxidants), nutty farro (fiber and protein), kidney beans (heart healthy) and salty sunflower seeds (copper and vitamins). Then everything gets mixed in a bright orange vinaigrette that's literally just two ingredients. Just make sure you store the vinaigrette in a separate container and dress right before serving.
A quick note on farro in case you're unfamiliar with it: Farro is a wheat grain prepared similarly to pasta and is available as either quick cook or regular (both are fine for this recipe). It's full of fiber, protein, calcium and iron. You can find it at any grocery store likely near the quinoa, pasta or rice. Let me know if you have any questions!
Ingredients (Serves 2):
- A few big handfuls of arugula
- 1 cup cooked farro
- 1 cup kidney beans
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 4 tablespoons roasted & salted sunflower seeds
- Juice of one large orange
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
1. For the dressing: Add ingredients to a small bowl and whisk with salt and pepper.
2. Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl with salad dressing, top with another sprinkle of sunflower seeds if desired.