Cherry-Almond Farro Salad

Cherry-Almond Farro Salad

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

Tossed with a minty vinaigrette, this healthy farro and cherry salad recipe can be served as a light lunch or as a side dish along with grilled chicken, duck or pork. Look for farro—a high-fiber whole grain that is an ancestor of modern wheat—with other whole grains in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • ½ cup diced ricotta salata or feta cheese
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint


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  1. Combine farro, water and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the farro is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and fluff with a fork. Spread the farro out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, oil, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add cherries, ricotta salata (or feta), almonds, onion, mint and the farro. Gently stir to combine.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: About ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 277 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 11 mcg folate; 11 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 163 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 104 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 314 mg sodium; 185 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ fruit, ½ medium-fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 5

August 02, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Absolutely love this recipe. It's perfect just the way it is. I decided to try some variations and they turned out great. subbing peaches for the cherries and adding arugula. Also, blueberries, arugula and goat cheese. Great options If you don't feel like pitting cherries. All have been a big hit with my family.
July 28, 2014
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By: rwinters719
Delicious I really enjoyed this salad. It was easy to make, although somewhat time-consuming, as a previous reviewer pointed out. The leftovers, warmed up a bit in the microwave, are tasty as well.
July 16, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Family favorite My family really loves this salad; we have it at least once a week and always end up fighting over the leftovers. It's absolutely delicious and light, which makes it perfect for the summer when you don't want to eat anything too heavy. The only real issue we run into the time it takes to pit the cherries, toast the almonds, cook the farro, and what have you. But the effort is more than worth it! Pros: delicious, light Cons: a little time intensive
July 08, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Very Tasty I really enjoyed this salad. I am a vegetarian and I am always look for fresh new recipes. Pros: Very easy to make, good fiber content
May 17, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Makes a lot, delicious!
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