This Orange Salmon Bowl with Farro is the next best thing for the entire family! Absolutely comforting, easy to make, and the perfect healthy weeknight meal option, this salmon bowl is one that is sure to be a favorite repeat meal in your house. Cooked farro topped with orange salmon, broccolini, and a simple veggie 'salad'-----all that you can’t go wrong with for dinner. Dairy-free, Gluten-free, + make ahead options.
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I seriously am so excited to share this Orange Salmon Bowl with Farro with you all because it's SO delicious! I promise that this dish is one for the books and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser---adult + kid-approved! Yes---I know that salmon bowls have been such a thing, especially on TikTok during the summer, and while I'm a little late to the game---I'm so thrilled that I finally gave it a try.
Unlike the traditional trendy salmon bowls, this recipe is served with farro for a healthier option, but can totally be enjoyed with rice such as basmati, brown rice, jasmine rice, etc. Plus, the sides are just as fresh and light which include cooked broccoli (easily steamed or sautéed) and a simple veggie salad that includes sliced cucumber and jalapeños tossed in olive oil and lightly seasoned. If you're a huge fan of salmon, then these Jerk Salmon Tacos are a MUST TRY! Oh and this Easy Green Goddess Buffalo Chicken Bowl is so good too!
And if you ever needed a non-meat or seafood option, then you can easily substitute your protein with another alternative (which I discuss further below) or you can give this delicious Jerk Vegetable Farro Bowl with Maple Herb Apples a try!
Overall, this salmon bowl is super easy to make, a great weeknight option, can be easily personalized with your fave ingredients, includes bold flavors, balance between savory, spicy, and sweet, and just plain DELICIOUS.
Basically, farro is a high-protein, high-fiber ancient whole grain wheat that's very similar to barley. When it comes to the texture, farro holds a good amount of chew once cooked and also contains gluten---unlike quinoa.
When it comes to making farro (my favorite go-to brand for this is Bob's Red Mill), I enjoy cooking it in some sort of stock (vegetable or chicken) or bone broth to add additional flavor + nutrients---much like my preference for cooking quinoa. However, if you choose to go down the traditional route, you can always cook farro in just water while seasoning it with salt.
If you aren't familiar with farro, it's rather similar to rice and quinoa in the cooking process which means that you first begin by rinsing it, then boiling it for around 20-25 minutes or until it swells and becomes tender. Usually, the amount of liquid reduces greatly and the remaining liquid that must be drained after it's cooked is pretty minimal. That's it!
The THREE parts of this Salmon Bowl is the cooked farro, orange salmon, and the veggies.
Start by cooking your farro according to the packaging and set aside. Cook your broccolini or broccoli. Meanwhile, you can season your salmon once washed, patted dry, and cut into medium-sized chunks. Sear the salmon on both sides in a medium-skillet, remove and set aside, then make the orange sauce, then add the salmon in sauce, toss, and bake for a few minutes. Prep your veggies and toss them in olive and season. Assemble and and finally, enjoy!
Here’s what you need for this Orange Salmon Bowl with Farro:
Can I be honest? Once you taste this orange salmon bowl with farro you’ll fall in absolute love. Haha. More importantly, here are the reasons why you’ll love it the most:
As mentioned before, you can feel free to serve this Orange Salmon Bowl with any of the following options instead of farro:
While rice remains one of the biggest staples in food, it's super important to note that brown rice is a great healthy alternative to white rice. Most of the benefits however, comes from the way it is prepared compared to it's counterparts.
Brown Rice is a whole grain (meaning that it contains 3-parts of the grain kernel) which makes it highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and fiber.
When it comes to cooking brown rice----it should be thoroughly rinsed like all other rices, however, the cook time is a bit longer. Usually, it's best to boil it in enough water that slightly covers the rice and once the water has boiled, reducing the heat to low and simmering the rice covered for about 45 minutes or so is key.
If you're thinking of serving your Orange Salmon Bowl with pasta, then I'm so with ya! When it comes to pasta, you can use long pastas like Bucatini, Pappardelle, Fettuccine, Tagliatelle, etc. if desired.
I'd recommend tossing your pasta in the orange sauce with tongs after the salmon is fully cooked to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, the traditional penne or rigatoni pasta works perfectly too!
In case you didn't know, farro can be easily made several different ways such as:
The traditional way of cooking farro as I've mentioned above. Usually, the process starts over high-heat and then once boiling, you reduce the heat to medium-high and allow it to continue to cook, stirring occasionally.
When you're ever too busy or want to make the cooking process much quicker, like beans, you can soak the farro overnight (covered with water) and in the refrigerator. This brings down the stovetop cook time to a total of 10 minutes or so, instead.
If you prefer more of a hand-off kind of process, cooking the farro in a slow cooker is an awesome choice! Add the amount of liquid (water or stock) according to the packaging and let it slowly cook for around 2-2 ½ hours. This way you don't have to watch it and you can get other important things done while the cooking magic happens.
Another great quick way to cook the farro is in an Instant Pot or Multi-Cooker. Simply add the amount of liquid (water or stock) according to the packaging and cook with high pressure for 10-12 minutes and wallah!
It’s important to thicken your orange sauce so it gets nice and sticky. Personally, I love using arrowroot starch (which is a great gluten-free option). However, if you don’t have this on hand, using other subs like all-purpose flour, regular cornstarch, or tapioca flour work just fine. Just be sure to always stir your thickener with warm water until it becomes a ‘milky’ liquid before adding it to the sauce.
Yes! If you’re looking for an extreme burst of orange flavor, feel free to add orange peels into the sauce while it simmers. The fragrance and flavor of the orange peels will add more flavor. Just remove them before tossing in your salmon if you don’t want them to stay in.
Quickly boil or steam your broccolini or broccoli for a few minutes until “al dente” if you don’t want to have a little crunch adding them directly to the skillet. DO NOT COOK UNTIL SOFT! Once cooked, drain, and add to a large bowl of iced cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Resume with recipe.
Absolutely! All ingredients can be made and individually stored as meal prep and assembled when ready to serve.
Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
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Orange Salmon Bowl with Farro.