Grilled Corn and Farro Salad

By Alexandra Caspero on July 11, 2018

My husband’s favorite food might be corn on the cob. A fact that I completely forget until July rolls around and I find myself buying 12 ears of corn at a time just to keep up with his habit. It’s a simple request– cook freshly shucked corn, slather with lots of butter, salt and pepper and he is SO darn happy.

Me? Well, in traditional food lover form, I prefer my corn a tad more trendy. Charred kernels with farro, pistachios, juicy ripe tomatoes, olives and lots and lots of basil. I need texture! I need flavor! I need excitement. Thankfully, this salad checks all of the boxes.

grilled corn and farro salad

This one 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 yummy lemon-garlic dressing and that’s it! I tend to share a lot of simple salad recipes this time of year. Ones that are easy to take to picnics, potlucks, gatherings, lunches– you name it.

No matter what kind of friend get-together we attend, I almost always bring a salad. It’s a way to guarantee that BL and I have something vegetarian-friendly to eat and it also encourages others to grab a scoop of veggies with their meal.

grilled corn and farro salad

I know some of the ingredients might not sound like they fit (hi olives, looking at you) but trust it. I promise that the combination of chewy, briny, salty, nutty, juicy works so well together.

I think this one tastes best at room-temperature. If you make it ahead of time, throw everything together except for the basil, pistachios and dressing. Pull out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you are planning to eat, then dress. Add in the basil and pistachios right before ready to serve, then toss together and eat.

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grilled corn and farro salad

Grilled Corn and Farro Salad

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: vegan, American-inspired


Grilled Corn and Farro Salad! The PERFECT salad for potlucks, picnics and get-togethers! Grilled corn, farro, tomatoes, basil with a delicious dressing. Vegan. 

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: vegan, American-inspired
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: vegan, American-inspired


  • 1 cup uncooked farro
  • 3 ears corn, shucked
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup halved kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Bring 5 cups of water and a large pinch of salt to a boil. Add the farro and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until farro is al dente about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  2. While the farro is cooking, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat (or, preheat a grill to medium-high.) Rub the corn kernels with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning with tongs, until charred, about 10 minutes. Cut off the kernels and add to the farro bowl. 
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, olives, pistachios and basil to the corn and farro bowl. 
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard, minced garlic clove, paprika and lemon juice until garlic is dissolved. I use my microplane to get the garlic clove very, very minced. Slowly whisk in the remaining olive oil along with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  5. Add the dressing to the farro bowl and toss well; season to taste, if needed and serve. 


  • Serving Size: 1/6th recipe
  • Calories: 255
  • Sugar: 4.6 g
  • Sodium: 409 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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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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    1. Sibylle
      September 9, 2022 AT 1:48 pm

      I made this tonight and could not believe how delicious it was. The only thing I changed was instead of olives (not a big fan), I added a tbsp of capers. Thank you for this amazing recipe! I will make this again and again.

    2. Cristy Eisenbeis
      September 2, 2021 AT 11:39 am

      This is really good! I used frozen grilled corn from Trader Joes. I passed it on to my DIL and they love it too! Thank you.

    3. Katie Ramirez
      August 2, 2018 AT 10:43 am

      SO good! I have been trying to get my life back in order and eat healthier during lunchtime. 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!

      1. Alex
        August 3, 2018 AT 7:15 am

        Thanks Katie! So glad you liked this one, it’s a favorite of ours as well!

    4. Mary Soroka
      July 11, 2018 AT 8:20 am

      This looks amazing! I’m new to the blog but have enjoyed it so much so far! I’ve never cooked with Farro. Looks kind of like Barley. I have some Barley at home. Could I substitute?

      1. Alex
        July 11, 2018 AT 8:30 am

        Hi Mary, glad you are enjoying DK so far! Yes- barley should work.