Cherry-Almond Farro Salad


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.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 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


  1. Combine farro, water and 1/4 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 1/4 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 Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
13g Fat
36g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size About 3/4 cup
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g 15%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 163IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 185mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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