Farmhouse Farro Salad

A hearty autumn grain salad made with kale, apple, carrots, radishes, sweet potato, and apple cider dressing. Perfect for Thanksgiving, make-ahead friendly.

Farmhouse Farro Salad

I have a love/hate relationship with farro. It takes forever to make, and quinoa is quicker, but the chewy, nutty grains bring a real heartiness to this not-wimpy fall salad. The catch is that you have to pre-plan for farro – it’s easiest to make a big batch and keep it around all week. I’m not usually that organized, but I happened to have made farro the day before my Farmhouse vegetables arrived so here we are… a grain salad with more veggies than could fit onto the subject line of this post.

Farmhouse Farro Salad

The basic components are roasted sweet potatoes, peeled carrot ribbons, and diced apples with a decent amount of greens worked in too. (I mixed kale and salad greens together because that’s what I had – feel free to use one or the other if you don’t have both).

Farmhouse Farro Salad

Sweet, salty, crunchy, nutty… we ate this for dinner, and then I ate it for lunch the next two days in a row. This would be a pretty addition to your Thanksgiving table, and most of it can be made well in advance (see my make-ahead notes below).

Farmhouse Farro Salad

5.0 from 3 reviews
Farmhouse Farro Salad
 
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Serves: 4-6 as a side
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked farro (see notes)
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into cubes
  • A few leaves kale, chopped or torn
  • 2-3 cups salad greens
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 apple, diced
  • A few radishes, sliced
  • Small handful of chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped & toasted almonds
apple cider Dijon vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • optional: ½ teaspoon maple syrup or a big squeeze of orange
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the sweet potato cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, lightly massage the kale with a bit of the dressing until the kale wilts down. Add the farro and mix.
  4. Add the greens, carrots, apple, radishes, parsley, and almonds, and toss with as much dressing as you like. Taste, adding salt and pepper as needed.
Notes
I cooked my farro in a rice cooker for about 45 minutes on the brown rice setting. 3 cups water to 1 cup farro. You can also cook it on the stove for 40 minutes to an hour until the farro is tender and chewy. (Check it every now and then to make sure it's not burning to the bottom of the pan). Soak farro overnight to speed up your cook time. Make a big batch and store leftovers in the fridge for salads throughout the week.

Make ahead tips: everything can be made and stored in the fridge up to 2 days in advance. For best texture, I would suggest adding the lighter salad greens at the last minute and roasting the sweet potatoes just before you're ready to serve.

 

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  1. Erin from Slowclub.com
    11.17.2014

    I’ve always cooked farro like pasta…boiling in a bunch of salted water for about 25-30 minutes and then straining. This salad looks wonderful!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      11.17.2014

      thanks! wow that’s quick – mine usually takes much longer than that to get tender. (but it probably varies based on variety).

      • Kathryn from allfoodthoughts.com
        11.17.2014

        I cook farro like this: combine 2 cups water and 1 cup farro in a large pot. Bring to boil, reduce to low and cook, covered, 35 minutes. I like it room temperature with lots of veggies, like yours, or else warm with roasted mushrooms, chopped feta & fresh parsley. (thanks for the reminder!)

      • Kate
        10.18.2016

        If you look for pearled or semi-pearled farro it cooks much more quickly! I think the outer “husk” is just cracked, the 20-30 minute pasta method is so easy you don’t even have to worry about measuring the water!

  2. Kathryn from londonbakes.com
    11.17.2014

    This sounds really delicious and it’s such a lovely combination of flavours and textures – definitely worth cooking up a batch of farro for!

  3. I love Farro! The first time I had it was in Italy. It’s still the best salad I’ve ever had but I will have to try this!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      11.20.2014

      ha, hopefully this one lives up 🙂

  4. I have a bag of farro in my pantry that I have been meaning to use. I think I found the perfect thing to make!

  5. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com
    11.18.2014

    You have to love a huge salad featuring everything under the sun! This sounds so hearty and satisfying. I would also be eating plenty of it for lunch, no question.

  6. rae from lovefromberlin.net
    11.18.2014

    Yet again another great meal that I will definitely have to attempt to re-create.

    rae of love from berlin

  7. sophia from manythedreams.blogspot.com
    11.18.2014

    I love your salad recipes. Always great color and texture. Can’t wait to try this one!

  8. I Really Love faro.taste of it amazing and also healthy and light food.

  9. I was so inspired by this salad I went out and bought farro tonight! Excited to try this soon 🙂

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      11.20.2014

      ha, so glad to hear – hope you like it!

  10. Sara from themessymrs.com
    11.19.2014

    Apples and faro and carrots with ribbons. These are a few of my favorite things!

  11. I’m with you on making farro… lots of work, but that nutty grain is just soooo worth it! This looks amazing 🙂

  12. This is my kind of salad. Love love LOVE the crunchy bits. Crunchy bits are very important I feel. Never cooked with farro before though so definitely going to try!

  13. Jerrica
    11.24.2014

    I don’t have any farro, but I do have plenty of orzo. Do you think that orzo would be an acceptable substitute for farro in this dish, or would the texture be too different? I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      11.24.2014

      it won’t be exactly the same, but I think it’ll be just fine – really, any grain could work here and I always love to use up what I have on hand!

  14. sissy
    03.06.2015

    hi,
    i somehow was linked to your page when looking at carrie underwood’s healthy food related PINTEREST page. LOVE your recipes, photography and blog.so glad i discovered it so i can work with our 10 year old daughter to try some of your healthy recipes.LOVELEY work-thanks for all your(and your husband’s) fabulous efforts and talents!

  15. Suzanne
    04.17.2015

    Eating this as I type. LOVE IT!!

  16. Naomi
    04.02.2016

    I love farro and this salad looks awesome! I would be tempted to roast the radishes too!

  17. Adriene
    10.06.2016

    I made this last night. It was absolutely delicious. The dressing was perfect and it is so adaptable to whatever you have on hand. I had a little trouble with the farro in the rice cooker. It ended up turning into porridge for some reason. Perhaps I should have cooked it on the White Rice setting?? Luckily I had some uncooked farro leftover and was able to cook it on the stove according to package directions in 30 minutes while the sweet potatoes roasted. I was so looking to leftovers today but sadly there are none! Everyone enjoyed. Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Marny Heit
    05.19.2017

    This was delicious. Nice and hearty, and a great way to get a lot of fresh veggies in a meal. This recipe made a good-size portion, so we were able to have it for leftovers for lunch the next day (and I love when a dinner recipe saves me from having to come up with something to make for lunch too)!

  19. Claudia
    05.20.2018

    A delicious hearty salad that’s fit for entertaining.

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