Watch Cooking Channel

Dinner Rush! Farro + Red Lentils with Tahini-Soy Vinaigrette

Beef stews, roast chickens, tuna casseroles — it’s all good in moderation, but it can get to be too much. I’m not saying to swear it off; I’m saying to lighten up one night this week.

Sometimes just eating clean and light food can be the jump-start we need to get out of the slump of what feels like an otherwise endless winter (and an edible preview of spring ingredients to come). Don’t worry, we’re not going all caprese salad and sliced watermelon just yet. We’re just easing into things with healthy whole grains and legumes, boosted with flavors like tahini, soy and lemon, which are bright and fulfilling.

This meal is great served warm or at room temperature, and the leftovers are a sure-fire detour from an afternoon desk-side food coma.

Farro + Red Lentils with Tahini-Soy Dressing

Total time: 40 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 35 min

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Level: Easy

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 cup farro, rinsed
4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock or water
1/2 cup red lentils

For the tahini-soy vinaigrette:
1/2 small clove garlic
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus additional wedges for serving
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Salt and ground black pepper

One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cashews, toasted and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Place a pot over medium heat with the olive oil. Cook the bell pepper and onion until beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the farro and stock or water to the pot, and bring the liquid to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the red lentils to the pot and continue simmering until the farro and lentils are tender, about 5 minutes more. Drain off any remaining liquid.

While the farro is cooking, make the vinaigrette. Rub the inside of a mixing bowl with the cut side of the garlic clove. Add the tahini, soy sauce, mustard and lemon juice to the bowl, then whisk to combine. While whisking constantly, slowly stream in the olive oil and water. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Add the warm farro and lentils to the vinaigrette, and toss with the beans, cashews and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature with additional wedges of lemon.

 

Patrick W. Decker’s life revolves around food. Always has, probably always will. As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and past member of the culinary teams for Food Network stars Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, Marc Forgione and Bobby Deen, he now works on digital production for FoodNetwork.com, CookingChannelTV.com and Food.com in NYC by day and develops recipes at his home in New York’s Hudson Valley by night. You can see what he’s up to by following him on Twitter & Instagram at @patrickwdecker or visiting his website at patrickwdecker.com.

Tags:

Comments (26)

  1. axmcsnrcaxmgcnacgnr posted 04/05/2014

    Title…

    […]always a significant fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get quite a bit of link like from[…]…

  2. scnkgrfmstngjsngmgcrthv posted 04/07/2014

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]…

  3. acgggggggdbjmhkfasdj posted 04/09/2014

    Title…

    […]Here are some of the internet sites we suggest for our visitors[…]…

  4. commercial painting posted 04/18/2014

    Title…

    […]Here is a superb Weblog You may Find Fascinating that we Encourage You[…]…

  5. Million Hits Secret Review posted 04/18/2014

    Title…

    […]please stop by the sites we comply with, such as this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]…

  6. shdkfhaskdghdskfhgksjdhfk posted 04/20/2014

    Title…

    […]Here are some of the websites we recommend for our visitors[…]…

  7. Dieta Para Perder A Barriga posted 04/20/2014

    Title…

    […]please stop by the sites we adhere to, like this one particular, because it represents our picks from the web[…]…

  8. Title…

    […]Here are a few of the websites we suggest for our visitors[…]…

  9. best option trading posted 04/21/2014

    Title…

    […]the time to read or visit the content material or internet sites we have linked to beneath the[…]…

  10. liverpool news posted 04/22/2014

    Title…

    […]below you will uncover the link to some web-sites that we consider you must visit[…]…

  11. football transfer news posted 04/22/2014

    Title…

    […]always a significant fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but really don’t get a lot of link adore from[…]…

  12. World Cup Tickets posted 04/22/2014

    Title…

    […]usually posts some really fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  13. kampung inggris magelang posted 04/23/2014

    Title…

    […]below you’ll uncover the link to some sites that we consider you should visit[…]…

  14. kiwi carpet cleaning houston posted 04/25/2014

    Title…

    […]here are some links to websites that we link to due to the fact we think they’re really worth visiting[…]…

  15. bet365 bookmaker posted 04/25/2014

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]…

  16. royal wharf ballymore posted 04/25/2014

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nevertheless actually worth taking a look, whoa did one particular learn about Mid East has got more problerms also […]…

  17. Wool Robe posted 04/27/2014

    Title…

    […]always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but don’t get lots of link enjoy from[…]…

  18. pure natural garcinia cambogia posted 04/27/2014

    Title…

    […]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but really don’t get a great deal of link like from[…]…

  19. dell inspiron 1764 battery posted 04/29/2014

    Title…

    […]please stop by the web pages we adhere to, like this one particular, because it represents our picks through the web[…]…

  20. Viio singapore posted 04/29/2014

    Title…

    […]just beneath, are a lot of absolutely not related web-sites to ours, nonetheless, they’re surely really worth going over[…]…

  21. shop posted 04/30/2014

    Title…

    […]we prefer to honor many other net web-sites around the web, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  22. assurance voiture sans permis posted 05/06/2014

    Great websites from the internet……

    Very good written! Let me suggest you few interesting websites ……

  23. massage fort collins co posted 05/07/2014

    Title…

    […]usually posts some quite interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]…

  24. assurance emprunteur posted 05/07/2014

    Finding this site……

    Wow, this post is pleasant and very informative….

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c