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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014


Recipe Summary

40 mins
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Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

277 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 35.6g; dietary fiber 4.5g; sugars 10.4g; fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 11.1mg; vitamin a iu 163.3IU; vitamin c 4.2mg; folate 11mcg; calcium 104.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 24.1mg; potassium 184.8mg; sodium 314.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Makes a lot delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More