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Kale & Farro Salad


Salad Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup farro
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 to 2 avocados, cut into large dice
  • 2 spring carrots, peeled or scrubbed and sliced into thin rounds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 stalk green garlic, white and light green parts, chopped, or 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Leaves from 1/2 bunch tarragon
  • Leaves from 1/2 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Moscatel vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. To make the dressing, place all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, or use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To make the salad, bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Add the farro and cook until tender, 16 to 18 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water until cool, then drain well.
  3. Remove the stems from the kale. Cut away any tough ends, then finely slice the stems and tear the kale leaves into small bite-size pieces. Place both the stems and leaves in a large salad bowl.
    • To remove stems from chard or kale, start by trimming the stem ends. Then hold a leaf by the stem in one hand and use the other hand to tear the leaves from the stem into bite-size pieces. To make cleaner-looking stems, use a knife to cut the leaves from the stem on both sides in a pointy triangle.
  4. Add the avocados, carrots, and farro.
  5. Add half of the dressing and toss to combine. Add more dressing if desired.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Audra Cisna

I started at IBC in July as a registered dietitian at the Champaign location and I’m excited to have the blog up and running! I’ve had many patients tell me how much they used to enjoy having the monthly newsletter with recipes, weight loss tips, and general nutrition information. This page is taking the place of the newsletter. I hope you find it useful in your weight loss journey. Please feel free to comment and respond to posts or ask me questions on here!