simple summer strawberry salad

simple summer strawberry salad - a delicious salad that packs lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all into one bowl! // cait's plate

With the end of summer drawing near, I’ve been scrambling like mad to use up the in-season produce while I can – finding myself with an extra-large pint of strawberries in the fridge, I promptly put them to good use.

simple summer strawberry salad - a delicious salad that packs lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all into one bowl! // cait's plate

I’m a huge fan of grain salads because they allows you to hit every food group in one fell swoop.  You start with a base of whole grains (any one you choose – brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat…the list goes on!) then load it up with veggies, fruit, cheeses and lean proteins of your choice.  Top it off with a little healthy fat (olive oil, nuts, avocado, etc.) and you’ve hit every food group, leaving you with a balanced, satisfying meal all in one bowl.

simple summer strawberry salad - a delicious salad that packs lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all into one bowl! // cait's plate

And if you’ve never tried the fruit on salad combo – you’re missing out.  You absolutely must promise me to at least give it a try.  Pair it with a nice salty cheese and a crunchy nut and your tastebuds will be singing my praises, promise.  I’m particularly a fan of the feta/strawberry/walnut combo.  You get a little peppery spice from the arugula which is offset by the farro.  Overall, it’s a dish you can’t beat.

I love it even without the added chicken (or I sometimes add chickpeas!) but my husband is a chicken man all the way.

simple summer strawberry salad - a delicious salad that packs lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all into one bowl! // cait's plate

SIMPLE SUMMER STRAWBERRY SALAD

Serving Size: 2 salads

Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro, cooked
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 6 strips cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Olive oil and balsamic to dress

Instructions

  1. Layer farro on the bottom of the bowl
  2. Top with arugula
  3. Sprinkle strawberries, cheese and walnuts on top
  4. Top with red onion and chicken strips
  5. Dress, toss and serve
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