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Bowl of Farro Salad with a Stack of Bowls and Bunch of Parsley in the Background
Farro Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This farro salad is studded with avocado chunks, artichoke hearts, baby spinach leaves, and cherry tomatoes, and dressed in a zippy herbed balsamic vinaigrette. It's packed with flavor and hearty enough to make a meal of!

Course: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: farro recipe, grain salad recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 487 kcal
Author: Alissa
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pearled emmer wheat farro*
  • 5 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup quartered artichoke hearts
For the Dressing
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. Add the farro and allow it to cook at a rolling boil.

  3. While the farro cooks, make the dressing. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste-test and add more salt or adjust any seasonings to your liking.

  4. After the farro has boiled for about 15 minutes, remove a couple grains and test them for doneness. The farro should be tender with a bit of chewyness when done, but cook it until it's as firm or soft as you like. The cook time should be in the range of 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. When the farro is done cooking, drain it into a strainer. Let the farro sit in the strainer for a few minutes to cool.

  6. Place the cooked farro into a large mixing bowl, along with the spinach, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.

  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad (use as much as you like) and toss to coat.

  8. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.

  9. Divide onto plates and serve.

Recipe Notes

*Other varieties of farro will work as well, but may take longer to cook.

Nutrition Facts
Farro Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 219
% Daily Value*
Fat 24.3g37%
Saturated Fat 3.9g20%
Sodium 509mg21%
Potassium 626mg18%
Carbohydrates 57.4g19%
Fiber 15.4g62%
Sugar 8.5g9%
Protein 11.3g23%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 34mg189%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.