Ages ago, before I had my two children, I had a grain bowl from Everytable that blew my mind. The base of the grain bowl was made with farro, shredded chicken and beets and it was loaded with goodies like pepitas, feta cheese and pickled onion. I have spent the last six years both daydreaming about that bowl and trying to recreate it.
What I love most about this grain bowl recipe is that it is incredibly well-balanced. There's a big serving of greens on the bottom. You can use whatever looks fresh at the store. There's a tang from the pickled red onions, feta and dressing. The seeds add crunch. The beets impart a tender earthiness. There's a satisfying chew in the farro and the chicken rounds out the meal with protein. Make this dish vegetarian by switching out chicken for chickpeas and omit the feta to make it vegan. If you need it to be gluten-free, use brown rice, buckwheat or quinoa instead of the farro.