Just like Israeli Salad, but on the next level of awesomeness! Mixed with arugula and farro and topped with feta and za’atar fried chickpeas. It’s Israeli Farro Salad with Za’atar Fried Chickpeas!
Oh hello! How was your 4th of July weekend (for those who celebrated). Mine was pretty epic. We went to Willie Nelson’s Picnic which is basically an all day (and night) music festival at the Formula 1 race track. Can you get more American than that? Didn’t think so. We had BBQ and flip cup and lots of patriotic flair. ‘Merica.
But now it’s back to a liiiittttle bit healthier eating. Honestly I love salads and veggies, so it’s not that tough to give up the Lone Star and brisket (mmm brisket). Especially when my salad of choice is covered in fried chickpeas and cheese! But salad = healthy.
I’m a big fan of the classic Israeli salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions in a light, herby vinaigrette. So I thought I’d beef it up with peppery arugula, nutty farro and these epic za’atar fried chickpeas. Plus, as luck would have it, I found this awesome Israeli feta at my local market and now I want to put it on ALL THE THINGS. Starting with this salad.
And it is a perfect time because I’m partnering with Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” contest! Love when good food and good causes intersect. (FYI some, but not all, of their dressings are kosher)
So what is “Greens for Good”? Newman’s Own is giving you the opportunity to share your own awesome salad recipe using Newman’s Own for the possibility to direct a $35,000 donation to your charity of choice! Give back by getting your daily dose of greens.
Be a mensch. Go enter. (Through August 21st.)
You know I love crafting up tasty salads, and Newman’s is a solid choice if you want to whip one up fast. They use quality, natural ingredients and Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given more than $430 million to thousands of charities since 1982. Whoa, right? I just love that. I share Paul Newman’s sentiment of great food, community and giving back.
These fried chickpeas make a tasty snack too- they are still good if you don’t eat them right away, just not as crunchy.
Tell me. What are you putting in your Greens for Good salad?
- 2 cups cooked farro (simmer 1 cup dry in 3 cups water with a ½ teaspoon salt until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain off any remaining water)
- 4 cups arugula
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 large cucumber, deseeded and diced
- ¼ cup red onion, small diced
- 1½ cups cooked chickpeas
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon za'atar (http://whatjewwannaeat.com/zaatar-recipe/ or in bulk sections)
- ⅓ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing (or your favorite vinaigrette)
- First, assemble your salad. Toss farro, arugula, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion together in a large bowl and set aside.
- Then, make your chickpeas. Heat a large 12 inch sauté pan (I used my cast iron) over medium high heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add chickpeas and fry for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer cooked chickpeas to paper towels to blot off excess oil and then place in a medium bowl. Toss with za'atar and serve over salad with feta cheese and a drizzle of Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing!
Newman’s Own provided a gift card so I could make a salad share info on Newman’s Own Dressing and the Greens for Good contest. The opinions expressed in this post are my own per usual. Thanks for supporting! Jew rock!