Farro Salad

This farro salad is a simple, hearty, whole grain salad made with nutty farro, apples and grapes.  Quick and easy to make – filling and flavorful.

Close up of farro salad with grapes and apples in a white bowl with a silver fork.

I went out to lunch recently and had a really great farro salad.  It was so good I knew that I wanted to try and recreate it to share with you. This farro salad is made with nutty farro, crisp apples and sweet grapes  – it’s got a lot of flavor going on with just a few ingredients.

Apples and grapes are in season right now and their sweet, crisp flavor works well with the nutty farro and balances out the salty feta and peppery arugula.  Everything is tossed together with a bright, flavorful vinaigrette.

How to make this farro salad with apples and grapes:

Side by side photo of cooked farro and salad ingredients - grapes, apples, feta cheese, arugula, walnuts and dressing.

  • Cook the farro according to the package instructions.  When done, let cool on a baking sheet for a few minutes.
  • Prep all the rest of your ingredients while the farro is cooking.
  • Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.

Side by side photos of farro salad ready to toss and farro tossed. In white bowl with a wooden spoon.

  • Add the arugula and farro to a bowl.  Top with apples, grapes, feta and walnuts.
  • Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.

Tips and questions about making this farro salad:

What is farro? 

  • If you haven’t tried farro before, farro is a whole grain that has a nutty flavor, chewy texture and is very filling. 
  • Farro is packed with fiber, protein and vitamins and is low in fat.
  • Farro is versatile – you can make a big batch of farro and store in the fridge for a few days to add to salads, soups or grain bowls.  

How do I cook farro? 

  • Farro cooking time can vary – so follow the instructions on the package. 
  • To add more flavor to farro, add half a bouillon cube to the water as it cooks.  
  • Start checking the farro about 5 minutes before it’s supposed to be done – it should be soft and chewy but not mushy. 
  • If there’s water/broth left over in the pan when the farro is done, drain the farro in a colander. 
  • Let the farro cool slightly on a baking sheet before adding it to the salad.

Where can I find farro?  Farro used to be difficult to find but is now sold in most supermarkets and can even be found at your local Target.  It is usually located in either the grain/rice aisle or the natural foods aisle.

Can I refrigerate any left overs?  This salad does not keep well in the fridge – the apples will oxidize (turn color).  If you want to make extra for leftovers – I would suggest only adding the apple in before serving.  So make a full batch but only add the apple in before you are going to eat the salad.

I can’t find farro – what can I use instead?  If you can’t find farro at your local market then quinoa would make a good alternative.

Can I make this ahead of time?  I would suggest just cooking the farro ahead of time and having it on hand in the fridge.  Then you can quickly prep the rest of the ingredients and have the salad ready in less than ten minutes.

What kind of grapes and apples should I use?  Any grape (green or red) will do – just be sure to buy seedless grapes.  Any crisp apple will work in this salad – I used a gala apple.

Three bowls of farro salad with grapes and apples on a white surface with a striped kitchen towel.

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Farro Salad

This farro salad is a simple, hearty, whole grain salad made with nutty farro, apples and grapes.  Quick and easy to make – filling and flavorful.

  • Author: Geraldine
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked farro
  • 1/2 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes – cut in half
  • 1 medium sized apple diced – I used a gala apple
  • 4 cups of arugula – roughly chopped
  • 2 oz of feta cheese – diced
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces

Salad Dressing:

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 8 twists of black pepper
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cook the farro according to package instructions.  Add 1/2 bouillon cube to the water as the farro cooks for additional flavor.  If the farro has any broth/water left over when done then strain that off using a colander.
  2. Let the farro cool slightly by spreading out on to a baking sheet.
  3. While the farro is cooking, slice the grapes in half and dice the apples.
  4. Roughly chop the arugula and dice the feta cheese.
  5. Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  6. Add the arugula and farro to a large bowl, add grapes, apples, feta and walnuts.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.

Notes

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This recipe makes 4 servings if used as a side salad.  If eating as a main salad it serves 2.

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online nutritional calculator.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 of 4
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 167mg
  • Fat: 22.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.7g
  • Fiber: 5.7g
  • Protein: 11.4g

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6 comments on “Farro Salad

  1. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    Farro salads are my favorite Geraldine! They’re so satisfying! I love the added fruit and light dressing! Will be adding to my list!

    Reply
    1. Geraldine Post author

      Me too, Mary Ann – I’m always surprised that farro isn’t more popular – it’s sooo good and such a great addition to salads. Hope you enjoy this if you try it!

      Reply
  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Oh my gosh… I just made a salad similar to this Geraldine, but with wheat berries instead! I looove farro tho and it’s been too long since I’ve made it. I absolutely love it’s nutty, chewy texture and it’s so perfect in salads like this. I love how you includes juicy grapes and feta in this too… delicious and so helpful too! Thank you G!

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