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Herbed Grain Salad with Broccoli Rabe and White Beans | CaliGirl Cooking
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Herbed Grain Salad with Broccoli Rabe and White Beans

A refreshing yet filling salad with two types of whole grains, fresh vegetables and herbs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people (as a side dish)
Calories: 405kcal


For the couscous:

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken broth

For the farro:

  • ½ cup farro
  • 1 cup chicken broth

For the broccoli rabe:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8 ounces broccoli rabe tough stems removed, chopped into small pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 5 ounces queso fresco chopped into small bits (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 – 15-ounce can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • First, make the couscous. In a 1 ½ quart saucepan, bring the couscous and chicken broth to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until broth has been absorbed and couscous is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Next, make the farro. Following the same process as above, place ½ cup farro and 1 cup chicken broth into a 1 ½ quart saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and farro is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine couscous and farro in a large mixing bowl.
  • To cook the broccoli rabe, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, just until garlic becomes fragrant. Add broccoli rabe to pan and sauté until rabe is cooked.
  • Combine cousous, farro and broccoli rabe in the large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients (queso fresco through olive oil) and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1254IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 3mg