Best Farro Salad Recipes

By Alexandra Caspero on April 1, 2022
Nine farro salad recipes. All vegetarian, mostly vegan.
9 Recipes

If you are looking for the best farro salad recipes, you’ve come to the right spot!

Nine of my favorite, healthy farro salad recipes perfect for all seasons. If you are looking for farro salads bursting with fresh fruit and summer produce, then you’ve got to try my blueberry and farro salad or cherry farro salad. For the holidays and cooler weather, my Jeweled Farro Salad and Warm Farro and Kale salad are huge hits with readers. 

Farro is a high-protein, high-fiber whole-grain wheat that comes in three main forms in the grocery store: whole farro, semi-pearled farro and pearled farro. It is not gluten-free. Farro can be applied to different types of wheat grains: einkorn, emmer and spelt. It has a nutty flavor with a chewy texture and works in many of the same recipes that use quinoa, brown rice or other whole grains. 

How to cook farro

I have a whole tutorial on my Mediterranean Farro Salad and Summer Farro Salad posts on choosing the right type of farro and how to cook it, but the cliff notes are below. 

Because of possible label confusion on which type you are getting, I recommend going by the package directions for cook times or by taste– when farro is done, it’s done. The farro that I buy from Bob’s Red Mill takes 30 minutes to cook, but the one from Trader Joe’s takes 10. 

If you are lucky enough to find actual whole farro, you’ll have better success if you soak it overnight first, like beans, before cooking. To cook, rinse farro then place in a medium sized pot along with cooking liquid of choice, like water or broth. 

For this recipe, you’ll use roughly 1 cup of uncooked farro and 3 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat , cover and simmer until tender and chewy. The cooking time depends on what type of farro you are using: pearled typically takes 15 minutes while semi pearled takes 25-30. 

Summer Farro Salad

The Best Summer Farro Salad! A healthy vegan farro salad with red cabbage, carrots, broccoli, fresh herbs and a spicy peanut sauce. I made this for friends recently and they all raved about how much they loved this one. If you like my Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl, then you will like this one– it’s almost the same peanut sauce. For any peanut allergies, you can sub in almonds and almond butter for the peanut butter. 

As with most salads, this one is customizable based on what you have in the house or what looks good at the market. This farro salad is packed with so much texture and vibrant colors! 

Grab the recipe for my Summer Farro Salad recipe.

Farro Salad in a glass bowl

Mediterranean Farro Salad Recipe

A healthy vegetarian grain-based salad with farro, cucumber, artichokes, olives, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and my tangy Greek garlic dressing. It’s easily vegan omitting the feta cheese or using a dairy-free option. The perfect side dish or light lunch.

This one is jam-packed with both fresh and jarred vegetables, making it a great meal; it tastes like a salad but hearty enough to eat on cooler days. Tossed with a bright Greek-inspired dressing, this farro salad will quickly become a staple in your house as well.

One reader says, “So delicious! Great to make at the beginning of the week and have for a quick side dish.” 

Grab the recipe for my Mediterranean Farro Salad here. 

farro salad with blueberries

Blueberry and Farro Salad

Of course blueberries are delicious on their own and in sweet recipes, but have you ever tried them in a salad? This sweet and savory blueberry farro salad is perfect for summer entertaining! Fresh blueberries, chewy farro, cucumber and feta in a lemon-mint dressing. For my dairy-free friends, I recommend swapping in a vegan feta like Violife, my tofu feta, or omitting completely.  

One reader says, “I love the combination of sweet blueberries and salty feta. Great recipe!” 

Grab the recipe for my blueberry and farro salad recipe here. 

Cherry and Farro Salad

Sweet Cherry & Farro Salad

Can you tell that I love the combination of fruit and grains? You’ve gotta try this sweet cherry and farro salad! The balance of nuts, hearty grains, greens and sweet fruit is irresistible. A delicious potluck salad for summer with fresh cherries, farro, arugula, hazelnuts, feta and a tangy molasses dressing. As with all of my vegetarian recipes, you can omit the feta or replace with a vegan version. 

As much as I love cherries on their own, they shine in this hearty grain salad that’s perfect as a side or main dish. Try it with my grilled tofu kebobs with mint pesto for a fun summer meal. 

Grab the recipe for my Sweet Cherry and Farro Salad here. 

Warm Farro & Kale Salad with Orange Miso Dressing

This simple salad really doesn’t have much of a recipe. Roast the sweet potatoes, cook the farro, then sauté together and toss in dressing.  This vegan meal is super nourishing and healthy. Roasted squash sautéed with kale and farro, then tossed in a silky orange and miso dressing. A must make whenever you are craving a salad but want something warm. 

You are going to love the addition of miso in the dressing. It’s salty, umami goodness that’s hard to replicate in plant-based recipes. 

Grab the recipe for Farro and Kale Salad here. 

Farro Salad with Citrus

Farro and Citrus Salad

This light farro and citrus salad features nutty farro, oranges, grapefruit, feta and a tangy orange dressing. A fantastic side dish for summer. 

One reader says, “Great idea! I tried this salad yesterday with my family and the result was amazing, everyone loved it… your blog is such a source of inspiration for me.. Thanks!” 

Grab the recipe for my Farro & Citrus Salad recipe here. 

grilled corn and farro salad

Grilled Corn and Farro Salad

If you choose just one farro salad recipe, I hope it’s this one. This grilled corn and farro salad couldn’t be easier to put together. Char the corn on the grill (or a grill pan/broiler) then remove the kernels. Toss with the other ingredients and a fresh lemon juice dressing and that’s it! It’s packed with so much amazing texture thanks to the pistachios, basil, tomatoes and olives. Great for summer. 

One reader says, “This salad was super yummy! Anything corn, tomato, and basil… yes please! Can’t wait to dive into the rest of your recipes!! Your blog is awesome!”

Grab the recipe for my Grilled Corn and Farro Salad here. 

Jeweled Farro Salad

Jeweled Farro Salad

I consider this one to be my winter farro salad recipe. It’s fantastic for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Roasted butternut squash, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, farro, mint and parsley in a lemon dressing. 

Grab the recipe for my Jeweled Farro Salad here. 

Plant-Based Sheet Pan Ranch Bowls

Plant-Based Sheet Pan Ranch Salad Bowls

A healthy plant-based sheet-pan ranch bowl recipe featuring roasted ranch potatoes, tofu, farro, vegetables and a creamy non-dairy ranch dressing. This salad is SO good and packed with both plant-based protein and fiber. 

One reader says, “All I can say is YUMMM! It was even toddler approved.” 

Grab the recipe for my plant-based sheet pan ranch salad here. 

I hope you love these farro recipes as much as we do.  If you try this recipe, then let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge. Your feedback helps other readers and seeing you make my recipes makes my day. I absolutely love seeing your creations. Finally, happy cooking! 

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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