Shake up your lunch routine with this delicious Farro Salad! Packed with Mediterranean flavours of olives, capers, cherry tomatoes and zucchini this salad will become a picnic favourite.
If you are looking for a chicken recipe to compliment this salad, check out my Spatchcock Chicken in Spicy Yogurt Sauce.
Another summer week, another salad recipe but trust me this farro salad is not JUST another salad. I’ve discovered the farro grain a couple of years ago and I was instantly smitten with its earthy taste and texture.
I am a huge fan of adding healthy grains to my salads to give them more substance and nutritious value. So it’s no wonder I would want more variety apart from quinoa.
This farro salad is no exception. Brad’s been so happy taking it to work for his lunches and then raving about it.
I consider that a personal victory since my husband loves his meat and this salad is quite meatless yet very filling and extremely satisfying.
What goes into this salad
Apart from farro this recipe consists of typical everyday ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, except that I replaced cucumber with zucchini ribbons.
I quite like using new crop tiny zucchini in the summer. They are so crunchy and fresh when eaten raw!
You might think them tasteless, which could be the case if they are not properly flavoured. But they also become absolutely delicious at the touch of a well-made vinaigrette, which brings me to my next point.
I find that a vinaigrette is the best salad dressing for farro as it needs a bit of acidity to wake up this ancient grain. French Vinaigrette might sound posh but in reality it’s the simplest thing ever!
Just mix olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and a tiny amount of garlic with salt and pepper. Shake well and enjoy over salads or grilled vegetables.
I’ve stopped buying bottled dressings years ago. When we first moved to the UK I couldn’t find any salad dressings I was used to, so I gave up and started making my own.
What I discovered is that salads with homemade dressings taste miles better. They are also cheaper and better for you since you know exactly what’s in there!
I usually double or even triple the recipe I am sharing today, change it up weekly by adding different combination of herbs and store it in a jam jar in the fridge, which lasts us about one week.
Optional Salad Ingredients
The vegetable combination for this farro salad is limitless!
You can add bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, sugar snap peas, quite literally anything your heart desires! Feta cheese is also an excellent addition to this salad!
For more grain based salads check out my
The last one is not technically a grain but still falls in the category of filling salads.
This recipe was originally published in 08/2017. Updated and republished in 07/2020.
Herby Farro Salad with Olives, Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini Ribbons
For the French Vinaigrette
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp fresh or dried herbs of your choice optional
For the Farro Salad
- 1 can 14oz/400g white beans, butter beans or cannellini beans, drained
- 2 cups/200g farro cooked
- 1 small zucchini shaved into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
- 6-7 red and yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp capers
- 5-6 Kalamata olives pitted and halved
- ¼ red onion sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh basil sliced
- salt to taste
- Cook the farro grain according to package instructions, drain and cool.
- In a large bowl combine all the French vinaigrette ingredients, mix with a whisk until the dressing is emulsified, then add the beans and cooled farro, let it sit for 10-15 minutes for the ingredients to absorb the flavour of the vinaigrette.
- Then add the remaining ingredients and mix gently until combined.
- Add more salt if needed.