16 Flavorful Farro Salads That Will Fill You Right Up
There’s no better way to load up on this good-for-you grain than with one of these delicious recipes.
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Your New Go-To Grain
It’s easy to fall in love with farro’s nutty flavor and al dente chewieness—never mind the fact that this ancient grain is good for you too! There are a handful of easy ways to cook farro (and plenty of great recipes for using it in sides, salads, soups and even vegetarian mains) but one of our favorite ways to enjoy it is in a salad. Whether you cook up the perfect farro and sprinkle it over your leafy greens or make this wholesome grain the star of your dish, you’ll find that its versatility makes it easy to pair with all your favorite flavors. Farro salad can be adapted for any season (or whatever ingredients you have on hand) but there’s no denying that it’s right at home with summery herbs and produce. Take this salad, for example. Jeff tops hearty farro with fresh basil, juicy tomatoes and charred corn for a warm-weather dish you’ll want to eat all year round.
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Butternut Squash and Farro Salad
Chef Symon’s pro tip for extra delicious farro? He adds a little cider vinegar and two fresh Bay leaves to the cooking water. After simmering away for 15-30 minutes the grains will be perfectly al dente and infused with flavor.
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Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs
Fans rave that Giada's 5-star recipe is their "favorite salad for barbecues" and that it's the "perfect summer side". Packed with plenty of flavor from fresh garlic, parsley and snipped chives, it's easy to see why this salad is at the top of everyone's list!
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Cucumber, Melon and Farro Salad with Feta
This is the quintessential summer salad — the one that everyone at the cookout lines up for. Cantaloupe, cucumbers and fresh mint are the refreshing base. Sweet cherry tomatoes add bright notes (and color!) and farro lends heft and nutty taste. Salty feta and a tart red wine vinaigrette round out the flavors in this easy make-ahead salad.
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Farro Tabbouleh with Feta
Ina gives her farro salad a tabbouleh-inspired twist by incorporating chopped parsley and mint — and dressing it in a simple blend of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The addition of chickpeas makes the dish filling enough that it can stand in as a vegetarian main as well.
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Farro Salad with Radishes, Arugula and Feta
Nancy says, "Radishes are so versatile: They add great color, flavor and texture to a dish”. We couldn’t agree more. Here, they lend a peppery bite and a bit of crunch to a blend of tender farro, tomatoes, cheese and herbs.
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Farro Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Guy recommends making a double batch of this hearty salad and keeping it on hand for a quick, high-protein snack during the day. But he also says that “ this dish is a meal in itself: The veggies, the tender farro and the zesty vinaigrette — they’re all you need!”
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Farro Salad with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Ricotta Salata
Toasting the farro before boiling gives it just a hint of nuttiness. Once cooked, the plump, toothosme grains are tossed with asparagus, tomatoes and a dressing of lemon and olive oil. It's a simple salad that's full of nicely balanced flavors.
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Farro and Corn Salad
The key to perfectly toothsome farro? Make sure you rinse the grains in cold water after boiling. This stops the cooking process and prevents them from getting too soft.
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Tahini Honey Farro Salad
The nutty flavor of tahini is the perfect complement to farro. Trisha rounds out the flavors of her simple salad dressing by adding a handful of other staples like honey, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple and delicious!
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Mediterranean Farro Salad
This salad is as eye-catching as it is delicious. Green beans, red pepper and olive add a pop of color — and a simple, homemade mustard vinaigrette adds a burst of flavor.
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Farro, Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Beets and goat cheese are a classic combination — and the inspiration behind this delicious farro salad. Valerie adds the cooked farro to her salad while it’s still warm so that the residual heat gently wilts the beet greens, giving the finished dish the absolute perfect texture.
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Pear, Celery and Farro Salad
It’s hard to believe that this simple salad cooks up so perfectly sweet-and-savory in just 25 minutes — and with only a handful of ingredients. If pears aren’t in season, apples make a good substitute.
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Butternut Squash, Kale and Farro Salad
This salad makes it easy to fill up on good-for-you ingredients. It’s packed with roasted veggies, hardy greens and, of course, plenty of wholesome farro.
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Farro Waldorf Salad
If you can’t get enough of the classic sweet fruit, crunchy walnuts, refreshing celery and a creamy dressing, you’ll love this inspired take that incorporates plenty of wholesome farro.
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Farro Salad with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
Giada takes farro salad in a whole new direction by adding meaty mushrooms, salty gorgonzola and sweet red grapes. Serve this salad alongside grilled chicken or pork chops — or pack it up in meal prep containers for a make-ahead, vegetarian lunch.
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