Shrimp, Watercress and Farro Salad Recipe

It’s never too early to start the New Year resolutions with some healthy eating. Try this recipe for a delicious farro and watercress salad topped with fresh shrimp.

  • 1 cup farro (emmer wheat)
  • Sea salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh shrimp, deveined, thoroughly rinsed an patted dry
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ½ lemon, juiced, seeds removed
  • One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed
  1. Soak the farro in warm water for about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse well. Pour into a medium saucepan with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover the pot and bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add a pinch of salt and cook for about 30 minutes. The farro should be soft but have a slight chew to it. Drain to remove excess water, and then transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Toss the shrimp with 2 more tablespoons olive oil, some salt, pepper and the lime juice. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Let cool slightly.
  4. Make the salad dressing by combining the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, the mint, lemon juice and some salt and pepper in a small jar. Cover and shake to combine.
  5. Toss together the farro, beans and watercress in a large bowl with half of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. To plate, transfer the salad to a large platter and top with the shrimp. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side.

Sources: Food Network

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