Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette Recipe -
Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette Recipe
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Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

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"Here's a delicious salad using a whole grain that not only tastes good but is good for you! The flavors are refreshing and sweet while the crunchy nuts and farro give it wonderful texture!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Whisk oil, maple syrup, vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.
  2. Cook and stir walnuts in a small skillet over low heat until toasted and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Bring chicken broth, farro, oregano, and basil to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, cover with a lid, and let sit until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Transfer farro to a glass bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes more.
  4. Mix walnuts, green apples, dried cherries, and parsley into farro. Drizzle dressing over farro mixture and toss to coat; refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • I have also substituted celery or jicama in place of the apple; it adds crunch and color but prefer the apple for taste.
  • Vegetable broth can be substituted for chicken broth. Honey can be substituted for maple syrup.
  • For this recipe, use par-boiled Italian farro or spelt.

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Jul 13, 2014

Delicious! Even though I had never used farro before, I saw this recipe and knew I had to make it! I only used 1 tsp of sugar and that was plenty sweet for me. I might even leave out the sugar next time. I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts bc that's what i had on hand and it turned out really good. I didn't have to use all the dressing either - I probably ended up using 2/3 of it and the salad was plenty moist with that amount. I will use the remainder of the dressing for something else. This one's a keeper!

Feb 24, 2015

Thx for that lovely picture LilSnoo, I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe; yes the vinaigrette makes plenty so add what you need and there's extra if you are wanting to make it a day ahead, it tends to absorb some. ~ One thing was left out of the directions, after mixing the vinaigrette, you want to put it in the fridge to chill. Also in my notes is says you can switch the apples for celery, but I prefer it with both added. Enjoy! :)


3 Ratings

Apr 12, 2015

Fabulous side dish. It's sweet, but not over the top - well balanced. Great colors and textures with the farro, apples and nuts. I've been looking for more farro recipes and this one is a keeper! I substituted pine nuts (since I dislike walnuts). You can use a little less broth and there is also plenty of extra vinaigrette - so you can cut back there or just serve with a slotted spoon.


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.8 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 600 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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