Farro, Chickpeas and Lemon Salad / Insalata di Ceci e Farro al Limone

Farro, Chickpeas and Lemon Salad

Today I want to share with you a salad that you can easily make on a Sunday night and have it as a fast yet healthy lunch during the week. This time I made with asparagus, since they are in Season here in California and “almost” in Season in Europe. You can substitute the asparagus with any veggies that you love, like aubergines, courgettes or squash.

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You will need (2 people):

  • 200 gr of farro
  • 1 glass jar of chickpeas (200 gr)
  • 200 gr of asparagus
  • 2 lemons
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Start by boiling two pans of water. Add salt in both and the juice of 1/2 lemon to each one of them.

Use one to cook the farro, which will take around 30 minutes, and the other  one to cook the asparagus, that will cook in around 20 minutes.

Once the farro and asparagus are cooking you can start draining and rinsing the chickpeas, please try to buy jarred chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas as they are much healthier.

In the meantime, prepare also the dressing with the juice of 1 lemon and 1 TBS of extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper and stir really well.

Once the asparagus are cooked, drain them and place them on a plate. Next drain the farro and mix it on a bowl with the chickpeas. Add the dressing and serve it on top of the asparagus.

Enjoy it warm immediately or the next day for lunch. Hope you’ll love it 🙂

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Insalata di Ceci e Farro al Limone

Oggi voglio condividere con voi una ricetta facilissima, che potete tranquillamente preparare la Domenica sera e servirla durante la settimana per un pranzo veloce. Questa volta, ho deciso di aggiungerci gli asparagi, perché sono di stagione qui in California, ma voi potete prepararla anche con la zucca, le melanzane, le zucchine o insomma qualsiasi verdura che vi piaccia.

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Ingredienti (2 persone):

  • 200 gr di farro perlato
  • 200 gr di ceci (in barattolo di vetro)
  • 200 gr di asparagi circa
  • 2 limoni
  • olio extra vergine di oliva
  • sale e pepe qb

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Iniziate ponendo due pentole di acqua sul fuoco e aggiungete sale e il succo di mezzo limone in entrambe.

Utilizzatene una per cuocere il farro, che ci metterà circa 30 minuti. E l’altra per cuocere gli asparagi che ci metteranno invece circa 20 minuti.

Mentre il farro e gli asparagi sono sul fuoco, iniziate a scolare e sciacquare i ceci, sarebbe meglio utilizzare i ceci in barattolo di vetro in quanto sono molto più salutari.

Preparate anche il condimento dell’insalata con il succo di un limone, un cucchiaio di olio extra vergine di oliva ed il sale e il pepe.

Ricordatevi di porre gli asparagi “in piedi” dentro alla pentola, di modo che le puntine rimangano più dure. Una volta cotti, scolateli bene e poneteli in un piatto e condite leggermente.

Scolate poi il farro e mescolatelo in una terrina con i ceci ed il resto del condimento. Ponete poi il farro sopra agli asparagi e servite.

Come vi anticipavo, questo piatto può essere consumato direttamente o anche tenuto in frigo servito freddo per un pranzo settimanale veloce.

Spero vi piaccia e vi auguro un buon inizio di settimana 🙂

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