Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad

Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine May/June 2013

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

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 cup farro (see Tip) or quick-cooking barley
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 information

  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Per serving: 134 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 10 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 548 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 23 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 136 mg sodium; 147 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable

Reviews 3

August 13, 2014
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By: b_louj2
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.
May 24, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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!
April 28, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.