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We have fallen in love with this delicious farro salad made with cooked farro, sweet apples, vegetables, and a brilliant salad dressing. Farro is a walnut whole grain that is absolutely perfect in salads like this. Skip to the Farro salad recipe with apples and arugula Or read on for our tips on how to do it.
What is farro?
In recent months, farro has become one of our favorite beans to keep stored in our pantry. Farro is an ancient whole grain derived from wheat. Farro is not gluten free, however it is a tasty whole grain rich in protein and fiber.
Farro is nutty and has a slightly chewy texture when cooked It is similar in size to rice, but has much more flavor. It is easy to prepare and can be added to a variety of dishes, such as soups, side dishes, and salads, like this recipe.
From our experience, we have seen Farro sold in the following ways:
- Whole Farro: The grain is left completely intact, which means that when cooked, the whole farro has a little more flavor and a bit more chewy texture. The entire farro also requires the longest cooking time, approximately 40 minutes.
- Cracked, semi-pearled, or pearlized farro: Part or all of the bran has been removed, meaning the cooking time will be slightly shorter and the texture less chewy.
The whole, cracked and pearlized farro can be used interchangeably in this farro salad recipe, as well as most of the other farro recipes. Be sure to take note of the cooking instructions on the carton package you purchased to measure cook time and liquid requirements.
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If you can't find farro or would like to use a different grain instead, try these substitutes in our salad.
How to make the salad
We have fallen in love quite a bit with this simple farro and apple salad 😊 The dressing is fresh and shiny, which works very well with the farro nut and the sweetness of the apples.
For the crunch, we add walnuts. I love roasted walnuts or walnuts, but other nuts like hazelnuts, almonds, and even peanuts will work, too. For a little extra sweetness and a chewy texture, we add a little dried fruit. It is up to you which dried fruit to add, but we especially enjoy the golden raisins.
To make the salad, I start by whisking my dressing in the bottom of a large bowl. When the dressing is done, I add cooked farro, apples, nuts, dried fruit, lots of fresh herbs and some vegetables. We add arugula to the salad in the photo, but you can use any green salad.
Advance advice: If you're preparing this ahead of time, you'd go for a more hearty green salad like kale or kale instead of arugula. Arugula is delicious in this, but it wilts quickly. Another option is to keep the vegetables next to the salad and mix them just before serving.
More hearty salad recipes to try
- Lemon & Ham White Bean Salad – This Mediterranean-inspired bean salad features creamy white beans, salted ham, Parmesan cheese, spicy arugula, and a lemon dressing.
- Kale and Bean Salad with Tahini Dressing – This easy kale and bean salad is packed with good ingredients for you, well worth it, and can be prepared ahead of time.
- Really Good Quinoa Salad: Our ultra tasty and satisfying quinoa salad recipe is packed with superfoods. It's vegan, easy to make, and tastes great.
- Easy Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Dill – An easy salad with lemon, fresh dill, crispy cucumber, and tomatoes that is made quickly and can be made ahead of time.
- Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas – Thanks to a light lemon dressing and plenty of fresh herbs, this simple cauliflower salad tastes surprisingly delicious and lasts in the fridge for days.
Farro salad with apples and arugula
- PREP 10mins
- COOK 40 minutes
- TOTAL 50 minutes
We have fallen in love with this delicious farro salad made with cooked farro, sweet apples, vegetables, and a brilliant salad dressing. Farro is sold as a whole farro, cracked and pearlized farro. Everything will work in this salad, but the cooking time will change depending on what you have. See package directions for guidance on actual cook time and liquid requirements.
Makes 4 servings
For the farro
1 cup of whole raw farro, see notes
3 cups water or broth, try our vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
For the salad
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoonful of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups of arugula or vegetable salad
Handful of fresh herbs, cut into small pieces, see notes for suggestions
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins or other dried fruits
1 1/2 ounces crumbled goat cheese, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cook farro
- Make dressing
- To end
Add water or broth, farro, and a large pinch of salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat. Cook, partially covered, until farro is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain the farro.
In a large salad bowl, mix together lemon juice, mustard, and honey or maple syrup until combined. Gradually add oil, whisking constantly, until dressing looks well blended and creamy. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the sliced apples, cooked and drained farro, arugula, herbs, walnuts and raisins. Mix well. Crumble the goat cheese on top and then serve.
Adam and Joanne's advice
- To roast the walnuts, spread the walnuts in an even layer on a baking sheet and slide them into a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven. Toast 6 to 8 minutes or until they smell toasted, stirring the pan halfway through cooking.
- Fresh herbs are lovely in this salad, although if you don't have any on hand you can leave them out. When I have them, I love a combination of fresh mint and parsley added to this salad. Dill and basil are also delicious.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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Nutrition per serving: Calories 531 / Total fat 27.8g / Saturated fat 5g / Cholesterol 8.4mg / Sodium 224.9mg / Carbohydrate 61.5g / Dietary fiber 10.1g / Total sugars 17.6g / Protein 11.2g
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