Dried Apricot, Prune, Cranberry, Almond, Farro Salad

I love summer time salad of any style.  I combine different flavors to create deliciously tasty salads to eat along or with a summer barbeque.  Farro is a nutty Italian whole grain that is now widely available in all types of grocery stores.  I bought a large bag of organic Farro at Costco.  Farro is a great base for this salad which I added dried fruits, almonds and chick peas, tossed with an orange base dressing loaded with great spices. For a main dish I serve over spring greens.

Dried Fruit, Almond and Farro Salad

4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups Farro
1 can(15.5 oz) chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 cup slice almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried Apricots
1/2 cup chopped dried prunes
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Put 4 cups vegetable broth in large sauce pan bring to a boil. Add Farro lower heat to medium simmering for 30-35 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Place in large bowl to cool. 
In a bowl combine orange juice, oil, spices poor over Farro tossing to combine.  Add almonds, apricots, prunes and cranberries.  Chill.  Can be made a day ahead.


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