Mealtime at my house has taken on a healthier vibe in the last month or so, and that’s a good thing! Rice and grains have been making the rounds on the regular, like with this recipe for Warm Farro, Salmon & Swiss Chard Bowls. A mix of textures, flavors, and healthy ingredients are tossed together into one bowl to make a great meal.
I’d say that I’m a little bit obsessed with “bowl meals” lately. It seems like everywhere I turn, I find another fabulous option for a bowl meal, and I’m constantly craving one sort or another. Why? Maybe because they’re convenient. And colorful. And comforting. Take your pick! Warm Farro, Salmon & Swiss Chard Bowls are my take on a delicious and healthy meal. I made a simple lemon vinaigrette to serve over the top for a fresh, bright flavor.
If you haven’t tried farro yet, I think you’re going to love it. Farro ticks off so many requirements to help make a meal fabulous: it’s hearty and filling (I used Village Harvest Farro for this recipe – it contains 7g of protein per serving to help keep you satisfied), it has fabulous texture (both soft and chewy), it has a great, slightly nutty flavor, and it’s versatile. You could mix it chilled with your a.m. yogurt, or maybe serve it warm with an egg over the top with steamed veggies on the side. For lunch, try my recipe for Farro & Pea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette. Tasty options, right?
Farro may be new to you, but this whole grain has been around for a long time – it was first cultivated in 9000 B.C. My recipe for Warm Farro, Salmon & Swiss Chard Bowls is a great example of how you can incorporate a nourishing bowl meal into your life that includes whole grains. This is just the sort of thing I need – maybe you do, too – to help keep meals healthy.
Village Harvest Rice & Grains (which are all natural and unprocessed) offers a variety of products to make it easy for you to find something you’ll love for mealtime. In search of? Find a store near you that offers Village Harvest products.
Warm Farro, Salmon & Swiss Chard Bowls could be the nourishing bowl meal that you need. Plus, what’s not to love about a bowl meal?
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You'll love this hearty, filling, and flavor meal in a bowl! Warm Farro, Salmon & Swiss Chard Bowls is served with a simple lemon vinaigrette dressing for a bright, fresh flavor.
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon brown-style mustard
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large bunch red Swiss chard, stems removed and diced small, leaves cut into 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbons
- 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white onion, diced small
- 2 (4-ounce) salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt and ground black pepper to season the salmon
- Add the lemon juice, zest, garlic, mustard, sugar, and the ground black pepper to a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add the olive oil to the bowl, a little at a time, whisking.
- Stir the dressing before using.
- Cook the farro according to the package directions. This should take about 20 minutes. When finished, drain, set aside, and keep warm.
- As the farro cooks, prepare the salmon and the Swiss chard.
- Add the butter to an ovenproof skillet over high heat. When hot add the salmon fillets, skin side down. Cook for 3 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow the salmon to cool slightly. Carefully separate the salmon from the skin, and divide it into bite-sized pieces. Set aside and keep warm.
- In a separate skillet, add the 1-1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and place over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Add the diced Swiss chard stems and cook for a few minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In a deep skillet, blanch the Swiss chard ribbons in boiling water, just for a few minutes, or until they turn bright green.
- Remove, drain, and place in a large bowl of ice water to help keep the Swiss chard from continuing to cook. Drain and gently squeeze the leaves to remove any excess liquid. Gently pat dry with a paper towel, and fluff the ribbons with your fingers.
- Assemble the salad in bowls. Divide the bowl in thirds with a section of farro, salmon, and Swiss chard. Top the Swiss chard ribbons with Swiss chard stems and onion mixture.
- Serve with the vinaigrette drizzled over the top.
- Toss and enjoy.
You don't have to blanch the Swiss chard for this recipe. You can include it raw and enjoy its flavor and nutritional benefits! Good-to-know farro facts: farro is a delicious staple to any meal with twice the protein and fiber as modern wheat. Along with vitamin B3 which aids in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins, Vitamin Harvest’s Farro can be used in soups, salads, stews and even cooked just like risotto.