8-year-old Colorado girl Kiana Farkash attending White House Kids' State Dinner

A Colorado girl is going to the White House.

It’s all thanks to her recipe for grilled salmon with farro and warm Swiss chard salad.

Eight-year-old Kiana Farkash was selected as Colorado’s winner in Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

"I made grilled salmon because it is one of my very favorite dishes," says Kiana. "I made the salad because it is very colorful and it reminds me of spring. I like warm, tropical places, so I decided to serve this with a tropical breeze smoothie because it reminds me of our family trip to Florida. I used farro because it's a healthy whole grain and I like the nuttier flavor it has!"

Friday night she’ll attend the White House Kids’ State Dinner.

Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Farro and Warm Swiss Chard Salad

Makes 4 servings


For the Salmon:

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch onion powder
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

For the Salad:

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Bunch Swiss chard, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 large red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese, to taste

For the Smoothie:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk
  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen cut mango
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg


In a large pot, boil 2 cups of water over high heat. Add the farro and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until grains are tender and all water is absorbed.

Preheat the grill. Drizzle the olive oil on salmon. Mix the spices in a small bowl and and sprinkle evenly to coat salmon. Grill salmon fillet for up to 5 minutes per side, depending on how thick the salmon is. After flipping the salmon on the grill, lay lemon slices on the fish.

To make the Salad: In a large pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the Swiss chard and cook for 2 minutes. Add the carrot and red pepper and cook for 2 minutes. When Swiss chard wilts, add balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, and feta cheese, if you want.

To make the Smoothie: Add liquid ingredients to the blender first. Add rest of ingredients. Blend and enjoy!

(453 calories; 21g fat; 33g carbohydrates; 30g protein)

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