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Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

- Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Grilling the chicken and vegetables gives this healthy and hearty salad a smoky, sweet flavor. If you prefer, substitute sliced celery for fennel and pearl barley or wheat berries for farro.

Hands-on time: 50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields: Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

4 skinned and boned chicken thighs, trimmed

Lemon Vinaigrette, divided

1 cup uncooked farro

2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

2 garlic cloves, peeled

3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided

1/2 red onion, cut into wedges

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

10 sweet mini peppers, halved and seeded

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/3 cup torn fresh basil leaves

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

How to Make It

Place chicken and 1/4 cup Lemon Vinaigrette in a 1-gal. zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and turn to coat. Chill 30 minutes. (Reserve and chill remaining vinaigrette.)

Meanwhile, cook farro according to package directions, adding 1 tsp. salt and 2 garlic cloves before bringing to a boil. Drain and rinse; discard garlic, and transfer farro to a large bowl.

Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade in bag. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a platter; cover with foil.

Toss together onion, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Place vegetables in a large grill basket, and grill, covered with grill lid, 10 to 12 minutes or until vegetables start to char and soften, stirring and turning every 2 minutes. Transfer vegetables to bowl, and cover with foil.

Coarsely chop chicken; toss with farro, vegetables, parsley, basil, thyme, and 1/4 cup chilled reserved Lemon Vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with remaining vinaigrette.

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