Farro Salad

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This amazing farro salad features cannellini beans, fresh mozzarella, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes all tossed in a bright and delicious basil vinaigrette!

Fun fact: I’m obsessed with farro. I think it’s a highly underrated grain! It’s very nutritious (packed with plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) and I love the nutty flavor and chewy texture!

Its only downfall is that it is a wheat grain so it does have gluten. That said, if you are gluten-free you can still make this salad! Just swap the farro for a gluten-free grain like rice or quinoa.

Farro salad with arugula, beans, tomatoes and mozzarella in a serving bowl.

This farro salad was inspired by a local Greek market called Stella’s here in Richmond. I absolutely love their version and wanted to try recreating it at home.

The delicious combination of Mediterranean flavors, with white beans, mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and arugula, makes for such a tasty salad! And the basil vinaigrette is out of this world.

Mozzarella balls, farro, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and beans in a bowl. A jar of basil vinaigrette is to the side of the bowl.

What is Farro?

While farro seems to be gaining popularity in recent years, it has been around for thousands of years! It is a wheat grain that goes by a few names… einkorn (farro piccolo), emmer (farro medio) and spelt (farro grande). Any of these will work for this salad, but emmer is the most common type of farro found in US grocery stores. Before cooking it looks like a wheat berry and after cooking it looks similar to barley. In terms of taste, farro has a mild, nutty flavory and a chewy texture. I love it!

Arugula, farro, mozzarella, basil vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes and cannellini beans measured out into bows and jars.

Here’s What You Need

  • farro – you’ll find dry farro by the other grains in the grocery store. Cook time for the farro will differ based on what variety you buy so you’ll want to follow the instructions on your package.
  • cannellini beans – also known as white kidney beans. I used canned beans for a shortcut!
  • sun-dried tomatoes – look for some that are red instead of brownish in color. I’ve found they’re softer and they add a vibrant color to the salad as well.
  • mini mozzarella balls – also known as pearled mozzarella, these little balls are about the size of marble and are perfect in this salad. If you can’t find mozzarella pearls, you can use larger mozzarella balls and cut them into smaller pieces. It won’t look as pretty, but will still taste delish! If you don’t have mozzarella on hand I bet this salad would be tasty with crumbled feta instead. And you can skip the cheese to make this recipe dairy-free, if needed.
  • baby arugula – the perfect, zesty green to add to this salad!
  • sea salt and pepper – to bring all of the flavors together.
  • basil vinaigrette – a delicious combination of basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, shallot, sea salt and pepper.
Farro salad with arugula, beans, tomatoes and mozzarella in a mixing bowl with a spoon.

How to Serve Farro Salad

This farro salad could be eaten on its own (it makes a great lunch) or served as a side salad! If you want to add extra protein, it would be delicious with grilled chicken. And if you’re hosting a backyard picnic, it makes an amazing side salad. Here are some other dishes it would pair well with:

I also have to mention that this salad is super kid-friendly. Every time I make it, Olivia (my 20 month old) gobbles it up. She does pick out the arugula, but absolutely loves everything else!

Farro salad with arugula, beans, tomatoes and mozzarella in a serving bowl.

How to Store Leftovers

This salad stores so well! Farro is a heartier grain so I actually think this salad gets better with time. I like to make it a few hours in advance to let the flavors marinate together. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Farro Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This amazing farro salad features cannellini beans, fresh mozzarella, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes all tossed in a bright and delicious basil vinaigrette!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup dry farro
  • 1 1/3 cup cannellini beans, 15 oz can, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, ones that are red instead of brownish in color
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls, also called pearled mozzarella I think
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • additional sea salt and pepper, to taste

Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup packed basil, slightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup shallot
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions 

  • Cook farro according to package. You should end up with a little over 2 cups of cooked farro once cooked and drained. Run under cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • Add all dressing ingredients into a high powered blender and blend for at least 1 minute, or until basil is really chopped up and dressing is emulsified. Yield: little less than 3/4 cup total
  • Add cooked farro, cannellini beans, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella balls and arugula into a bowl. Add dressing and toss. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve right away or chill in the fridge before serving. Recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge.

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Notes

  • Farro swap: If needed you can use barley instead of farro for this salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: farro salad
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52 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this salad for my lunch meal prep and my kids and husband (not really salad eaters) ended up eating the other portions – it was that good! Will be a regular on our meal rotation!

    1. Woo! Love when the whole family approves! Thanks for sharing your review, Emily, it means so much to me!

  2. SO delicious! The homemade dressing really makes it. I also love the sundried tomatos in this- adds a great flavor. This is a delicious side salad for any entree- we paired with grilled chicken and vegetables and it was perfect.

    1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this salad, Madeleine. I appreciate you coming back to leave a review and star rating!

  3. 5 stars
    This is so delish! The textures are fabulous and the basil vinaigrette on the arugula is so flavorful I’d eat it alone. I used brown rice to mimic the size, chew, and nuttiness of the farro for a GF sub and it was great! I’ll be eating this for lunch all week for sure 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    So good and very filling! Love the flavors in this salad and a great recipe to prep the night before. Can’t wait to make it again!

    1. Yay! I’m glad you’re enjoying this recipe, Lexie. Thank you for leaving a review and star rating, I really appreciate it!

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this salad! Made it without mozzarella balls because I dont eat dairy and it was still so good!! Also used fresh cherry tomatoes instead of sun dried but will be trying it with sun dried soon:))

    1. Yay! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this salad, Helen. Thanks so much for sharing your review, I really appreciate it.

  6. 5 stars
    Delish!! I added sliced grilled chicken and made it a meal. Husband doesn’t like sun dried tomatoes, so I used grape tomatoes instead, and threw in a few black olives. That basil dressing really brings it all together & makes it a bit special. This one will be in the regular rotation.

    1. YUM! This sounds absolutely delicious, I am so glad you and your husband are loving this salad. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

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