We love farro, a high-fiber whole grain, because it cooks in about 15 minutes and has an amazing toothsome texture perfect for grain salads. In this healthy farro salad recipe we combine it with smoky bacon, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil for an easy side dish or light lunch. Look for farro at natural-foods stores and gourmet food markets

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013




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  • Place farro (or barley) in a medium saucepan; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes for farro (about 10 minutes for barley). Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate; leave the fat in the pan. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

  • Crumble or chop the bacon. Add to the bowl along with tomatoes, basil and the warm vinaigrette; gently stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Tip: Look for farro in the bulk section or near other grains in natural-foods stores.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 26g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 2.7g; fat 2g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 2.3mg; vitamin a iu 547.9IU; vitamin c 7.4mg; folate 9.8mcg; calcium 23mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 8.2mg; potassium 147.3mg; sodium 136.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Great texture simple wonderful meld of flavor. Loved the Farro! I have never had Farro. I found a locally harvested Emmer Farro but it took about an hour to cook. Love the slightly chewy texture of this grain! Very easy to cook. I used ALL that beautiful bacon fat to saute the shallot. I will add some mozzarella the next time and share it at my next gathering. Super easy and tasty!! Pros: easy yummy great dish to take to a gathering! Cons: try not to eat it all at once! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Good Stuff! I substituted onions and garlic for the shallot and used four strips of bacon and ditched half of the fat before sauteing the onion garlic combo. Used my garden tomatoes and basil. Chewy tomatoey basily goodness. My husband added some sour cream and siracha and he was in heaven too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy to adapt Brought home most of the ingredients from the Farmers Market and made for lunch on Saturday! It is already warm here in FL so a great summer treat. Since the healthy food store was not open I substituted small thick fresh pasta which also sped up the prep time. Did not use all of the bacon grease for cooking the shallots either. Pros: Great flavor. Cons: A little high in Fat -not very tasty cold. Read More