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A dinner salad. Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach, Mushroom & Farro Salad.

Posted Apr 29 2013 9:12pm

Some of my favorite dinner creations happen when I get home from work with no plans for what we are about to eat.  I start looking in the fridge at what ingredients we have and then turn to the cabinets to check out our grain options and spices.  This creation came together when a saw the new bag of sun dried tomatoes I had just purchased and then opened the fridge and saw a fairly large bag of spinach that only had a day or two more before it went bad.  Whenever I have too much spinach and know that we cannot eat enough of it in salads I saute it all because it shrinks so much.

This salad came together perfectly!  Full of flavor, texture, and color.

Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach, Mushroom & Farro Salad
Recipe makes 4 servings
1 cup Cooked Farro
4 cups fresh Spinach
2 cups diced Mushrooms
1/2-1 cup julienne cut Sun Dried Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 chopped cloves of Garlic
1 tsp basil
Optional toppings: parmesan cheese, goat cheese and/or pine nuts

Cook farro using directions on packaging.  In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and saute for 4-5 minutes, until they are soft.  Add spinach, garlic, and basil, saute for 3-5 minutes until spinach is cooked.  Lastly, add the sun-dried tomatoes and saute on low heat for 8-10 minutes.  The sun dried tomatoes will begin to soften slightly and a very aromatic smell will fill the kitchen (yummy!).  Remove from heat and serve with farro and if you choose to, top with your favorite cheese or pine nuts.

So colorful and full of flavor!

What are you favorite dinners that come together last minute?

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