Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

The arrival of the warm summer months always inspire us to prepare fresher, quicker meal for the family, such as a simple salad. This mediterranean farro salad is a hearty and healthy meal to prepare for a family picnic or as a quick side salad at a barbeque.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

With its nutty flavour and rich texture, farro is an ideal grain to use as a base for fresh summer salads, since it maintains his texture and holds up well to variety of ingredients and dressings. This fresh farro salad is inspired by traditional Mediterranean ingredients, such as sweet cherry tomatoes, earthy basil, creamy pine nuts and tangy extra virgin olive oil.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Although this salad is very light-tasting and resfreshing it’s also filling and hearty, which it makes it an ideal salad to prepare towards the end of summer as a prelude to fall fare, and not to mention a delicious way to use up any lingering produce from your summer garden.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Farro can be prepared in two ways, soaked overnight then cooked, or prepared on the spot. The time it takes to properly cook farro ranges between 20-40 minutes, depending on the consistency desired. If the farro has not been soaked overnight it should be fully cooked and al dente at the 30-35 minute mark. On the contrary, soaking it overnight will reduce the cooking time to about 20-25 minutes.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

: 2-4 servings
: 5 min
: 25-40 min

The arrival of the warm summer months always inspire us to prepare fresher, quicker meal for the family, such as a simple salad. This mediterranean farro salad is a hearty and healthy meal to prepare for a family picnic or as a quick side salad at a barbeque. With its nutty flavour and rich texture, farro […]


Mediterranean Farro Salad
    4 cups cooked farro (about 2 cups uncooked)
  • 2-3 tbs. homemade pesto
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil (or quantity as desired)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot then add the farro and cook (uncovered) for 25-40 minutes (depending on preparation method) then set aside to cool. In the meantime, prepare the pesto (unless you are using store-bought) and wash and cut the tomatoes.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Once the farro has cooled, add the pesto, pine nuts (toasted on low heat in a small saucepan for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned), and tomatoes to the pot (or transfer all of the ingredients to a large serving bowl) and mix gently until the farro is coated with the pesto.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Serve at room temperature garnished with some freshly grated Parmesan. This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To avoid too much excess water in the salad it is recommended to add the tomatoes directly before serving.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

36 thoughts on “Mediterranean Farro Salad”

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 8 years ago

    I love this salad. Pesto and cherry tomatoes are some of my favorite things. Combine them and I am in food heaven! Yummy!

  • This salad looks so yummy!!! We love Mediterranean food and I will be making this sometime soon.

  • I love anything with pesto and fresh cherry tomatoes! This sounds like a fabulous summer meal!

    • Me too! The cherry tomatoes HAVE to be super fresh and local. I can’t even eat tomatoes in the winter because they lack so much flavour…what a difference it makes to pick them right from your own garden!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms 9 years ago

    Oooooo this salad sounds delicious!!! I will definitely be pinning this and trying it out for myself!!! Yummy!!

  • Brook Devis 9 years ago

    wow i just love the finishinng of this mediterranean seems to be really nce to make in summer.will try it definatly

  • Rebecca Swenor 9 years ago

    This sounds like an interesting salad indeed. I would love to try making this to try something different. I have not eaten to much mediterranean foods. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fi Ni Neachtain 9 years ago

    I’ve never had a salad like this before. It look so delicious and healthy, I’d love to try it 🙂

  • Never had or even heard of such a salad before but it looks hearty, healthy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe

  • Michele 9 years ago

    I never even heard of Farro much less tried it. It does sound like it would make a great base for a salad. Will have to try it.

  • Jennifer Juro 9 years ago

    This looks delicious! I have never had Farro or heard of it before today!

  • I’m new to mediterranean farro salad. This looks really tasty, rich in flavor and really healthy.

  • Ashley 9 years ago

    I haven’t made farro or homemade pesto, but this looks delicious!

  • looks super yummy! i love pesto too. have never tried making greek cuisine and the last time i tried making pesto i broke the blender. 😛

  • Victoria Armijo 9 years ago

    This recipe looks absolutely yummy and perfect for summer! Might have to try it for our next get together!

  • Nicole E. 9 years ago

    I’ve never had farro before. I would definitely try it though, because I like quinoa. I think it would be a good substitute for rice for me. I don’t eat rice because of the texture and appearance (it freaks me out, I’m weird). I’ll look for this next time I’m at the store!

  • Tanj from A Travelogue 9 years ago

    I’m officially hungry and hank you for this recipe. It looks delish! I’m curious to try farro though.

    • Lol, no problem! If you love whole grains like quinoa, millet, etc then you’ll love farro…it has a texture similar to rice but the flavour is so much nuttier and tastier!

  • Heather 9 years ago

    This one makes me hungry, I’ve never tried it looks delicious and tasty. I’d love to make it.

  • This is right up my alley, and although I’ve never tried farro, I can tell already that it’s something I’d like. I am excited to try this!

  • Robin Rue 9 years ago

    That sounds good. I have never even heard of farro before, but now I want to try it.

  • mail4rosey 10 years ago

    That’s a great salad to share. You don’t see farro too often, it’s nice to have it make an appearance. Your cherry tomatoes are little beauties. 🙂

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 10 years ago

      I agree that you don’t see faro too often…I’ve been using it quite a bit lately. The more I cook with it the more I love it-it’s a great alternative to rice or quinoa (which I eat ALL the time!). And I can’t take credit for those tomatoes…my in-laws are fantastic gardeners 😉

  • Monica 10 years ago

    Yum!!! And fresh cherry tomatoes too. They look delicious! As does your recipe. Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 10 years ago

      Yes, FRESH! We are SO lucky to have a garden full of fresh fruits and veggies all summer long!

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