Clean Out Your Fridge with This Veggie-Packed Farro & Chickpea Salad

Here's a great dinner template to keep in your back pocket when you get to the end of the week and you don't think you have anything stocked for dinner. A couple pantry staples, a little cooked whole grain, some bold-flavored condiments, a few crunchy veggies and you're done. Here, we use cilantro, lime juice and garlic in the dressing, but feel free to riff on it with whatever you might have on hand.

A Hearty Farro and Chickpea Salad With Just 252 Calories in a serving dish
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 rainbow carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 6 cups mixed salad greens

  • 1 cup precooked farro

  • 1 cup drained and rinsed canned unsalted chickpeas

  • ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, divided

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ¼ cup unsalted shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped


  1. Place carrots and radishes in a bowl. Combine vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring vinegar mixture to a simmer over medium and pour over carrots and radishes. Let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Divide greens, farro, chickpeas and 1/2 cup cilantro among 4 plates. Drain carrots and radishes; divide among plates.

  3. Chop remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Combine oil, lime juice, garlic, honey and chopped cilantro in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Drizzle evenly over salads. Sprinkle salads evenly with toasted pistachios and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

252 Calories
11g Fat
34g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 252
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 94mg 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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