Few things make me feel more grown up than eating a real lunch, in lieu of the typical PB+J scraps or protein bars. There’s a cute, healthy spot in San Clemente called Active Culture that serves a bowl like this one, and it’s one of my favorite things on the menu (after the nachos). This is my homemade version, to keep myself from spending $15 on lunch everyday.
The combo of sweet medjool dates, salty prosciutto and cheese, and tangy green apples and lemon juice is the perfect combo! I like to use farro instead of brown rice and crisp up the prosciutto before tossing it in. Otherwise, it’s a pretty spot-on dupe for Active Culture’s SC Rice Bowl. Makes a delicious, filling lunch as is, but you could bulk it up with some grilled chicken or another protein. It also makes great picnic food, since it can hang at room temp for a while.
Apple, Date and Farro Bowl with Cripsy Prosciutto
- 3 slices prosciutto
- 5 medjool dates
- ½ green apple
- 3 oz low-moisture mozzarella
- 2 cups cooked farro slightly warm or room temperature
- 2 tbs basil sliced into thin ribbons
- 2 tbs good quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook the prosciutto in a skillet over medium heat until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes each side. Let cool slightly, then chop or crumble into bite-sized pieces.
- Dice the dates, apple and cheese into bite-sized pieces. It helps to lightly oil your knife before chopping the dates so they don't stick to the knife or each other.
- In a medium bowl, combine the prosciutto, dates, apple, cheese, farro and basil. Toss with the olive oil and lemon juice and add salt & pepper to taste.