Let’s Try Out This Recipe for National Picnic Month

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Join us as we prepare for the perfect picnic with this tasty recipe!

July is National Picnic Month! Obviously, the best way to celebrate this month is by taking our loved ones out on a fun picnic in the outdoors.  However, no picnic is complete without some delicious food.  In honor of this National Picnic Month, here’s a suggestion to add to a perfect picnic recipe.

Farro Salad

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup whole-grain farro
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups lightly packed arugula
  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 1/8 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine farro, vegetable broth, salt, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until farro is tender and no broth remains, about 30 minutes.  When farro is cooked, transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  2. In the meantime, make fried shallots: in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine oil and shallots. When the shallots begin to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove shallots from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt.  Let oil cool.
  3. Make dressing: in a medium bowl, combine the cooled olive oil with vinegar, mustard, and honey and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Assemble salad: combine cooked farro, crispy shallots, arugula, apple, parmesan, basil, parsley, and pecans. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate National Picnic Month with this delicious recipe. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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