Greek Farro Salad
Fresh and flavorful, this greek farro salad is perfect for dinner or parties! With crisp veggies, chewy farro and a dreamy greek salad inspired dressing, it’s a fun twist on the classic dish. Vegetarian with dairy free / vegan options.
It’s my mission to get you to like farro as much as I do.
Well, I’d be okay if you’re even half as obsessed as I am, considering I have a slight love affair going on with this whole grain.
Nutty, slightly chewy, it’s the bomb.
Does anyone say that anymore? Major flash back to my middle or high school days.
I think that’s when it was big although I honestly don’t even really remember.
But anyway. This recipe came about when I was trying to think of fun ways to make pasta salad without the pasta – and use a whole grain instead.
With summer right around the corner and Memorial Day upon us, I wanted to make sure I had you covered.
And we all love greek salad. At least I think most people love greek salad, me included.
Greek salad + farro = an awesome make-ahead dish that you can bring to potlucks, barbecues or just have for lunches during the week.
Farro. You’re gonna love it. Please love it.
Additional Farro Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Farro Fried Rice
- Fall Farro Salad
- Lemon Garlic Farro
- Farro Meal Bowls
- Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes
- Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro
Did you make this recipe? Rate and review it down below! I’d love to hear from you.
Greek Farro Salad
Fresh and flavorful, this greek farro salad is perfect for dinners or parties! With crisp veggies, chewy farro and a dreamy greek salad inspired dressing, it’s a fun twist on the classic dish. Vegetarian with dairy free / vegan options.
For the salad:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ cups pearled farro*
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 2 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach leaves
- ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¾ cup crumbled feta**
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey***
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup olive oil
To make the salad:
- Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. When hot, add in the farro and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Add in the water and broth. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes, until the farro is tender but still slightly chewy. Drain off any excess liquid (if there is any) and then transfer to a large bowl.
- Immediately add the spinach to the bowl and toss to combine, so the heat will wilt the spinach a bit. Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add in the red onion, cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, feta and chickpeas. Toss to combine.
To make the dressing:
- Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth.
- Start by pouring some of the dressing into the bowl with the farro. Toss to combine and then taste. Slowly add in more of the dressing to your taste (I usually add all of it).
- Season with additional salt / red pepper if needed. Serve at room temperature or cold.
*I use pearled farro since that’s the kind I can find at my local stores. If you use semi-pearled or whole farro, you’ll likely have to increase the cooking time. You want the farro to be nice and tender but still a little chewy.
**To keep this dairy free / vegan - omit the feta cheese and add sliced pitted olives to taste.
***To keep this vegan - use maple syrup instead of the honey.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 574mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 9gSugar: 12gProtein: 13g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.
I still have yet to try farro. Don’t judge me!! Lol I can never seem to find it at the lame grocery stores near me. >_< But if I DO find it, I'll definitely give this Greek salad a shot! It looks absolutley splendid, Ashley!
haha hopefully you can find some eventually!! : )
I’ve never had farro before but I’d definitely try it if it means having this salad! Looks delish. 🙂
I totally understand you! I’m obsessed with farro! You can always find some already cooked farro in my fridge! I love it! And I have a great salad with it on my blog, you have to try it my farro friend 🙂
I’m definitely making this one!
Purple Parrot for LIFE!
I’ve never cooked with farro, but I’ve been reading a lot about it lately so I think I must be missing out. LOVE Greek salad of course, but I love the idea of presenting it this way, with the added chickpeas and this lovely tasty dressing as well. It’s da bomb!!
I’m sort of afraid to admit that I’ve never heard of farro before, but now you’ve intrigued me! I love greek salads and using something different in place of the pasta (quinoa is one of my faves) so I definitely want to try this out! Looks delicious, and beautiful pictures, too!
You should give it a try! It’s a great change-up from pasta! And is really nice and nutty and slightly chewy!
Such a great recipe, I love Greek salads and this one looks wonderful!
hahaha!!!!! Legends of the Hidden Temple was my favorite show on TV and I remember watching it everyday after coming home from school! I remember being so curious to know how the gray cement statue thing spoke with his huge lips and those scary red eyes!! hahaha! This salad looks incredibly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the freshness! <3
This salad looks crunchy and chewy and full of flavor! We will have to start calling you the Ambassador of Farro, Ashley! 🙂 I am so glad that warm weather food season! I love interesting salads like this. 🙂
Oooh Legends of the Hidden Temple! I’m pretty sure I had nightmares about walking down the hallway of my house and being snatched up by a temple guard. Too funny! This salad looks amazing! I definitely need to jump on the farro train. What a perfect summer dish!
We were obsessed with it as kids : )
Huh, I have never tried farro! But I love Greek salad, so this sounds like a good place to start 🙂
I really need to cook more farro! Love this salad!
oooh i have some farro at home! perfect. greek salad is delish 🙂
I just tried wheat berries for the first time and farro sounds really similar – nutty and chewy! I gotta get my hands on some farro now!
I keep trying to find wheatberries and they are always sold out when I’m at the store! I need to get some!
Lots of people still say ‘it’s the bomb’! Or, lots of people my age, at least. Oh, and the teen magazine posters? One of my friends covered literally every inch of her wall with them. I guess she wasn’t as worried about her dad seeing them, lol.
Anyway, this recipe is yet another summertime win! I love the texture of farro and that you used it as a healthy sub for white pasta.
haha one of my friends did the same thing … backstreet boys, hanson (oh gosh now I feel old).
There are endless uses for farro, it seems, so it’s high time I got some I guess. 🙂 I love Greek salad, so this might be the place to start.
lol the bomb! I haven’t heard that in years 😀 You have convinced me to get some farro this salad looks amazing I love Greek salad so I bet this version is really good.
Yep, it doesn’t get much better than a Greek salad. Seriously, using farro instead of pasta is more than a genius idea. Now that you started using “the bomb” again, I have a slight suspicion it will creep back into my vocabulary, ha. Somebody help my friends and family, please :). Good thing I can make it up to them by serving them this fabulous salad. Farro for the win!
hahaha I said it to my husband the other day and he looked at me like I had four heads : )
Bomb diggity, for sure! Oh, man, that was pretty cheesy, right? Haha…either way, I love this salad and the addition of farro is perfect. I am always looking to substitute pasta, quinoa and other grains just to try something different.
haha nope I loved it : )
Haha okay okay you’ve totally convinced me to try farro because this salad looks like it’s the bomb! I picked up a bag last week and this salad will be the first thing I make 🙂 I love all the flavors in here and it sounds perfect for any barbecue or potluck!
Yesss make some farro!!
Farro has that perfect whole grain texture of chew but not too much. Just goes with everything, hot or cold. I can’t believe how much I love a good salad these days, particularly a hefty one that really fills me up. This would hit the spot.
I adore farro – it might be one of my favorite whole grains!
We love farro too and this is the kind of salad I can enjoy every day, Ashley.
So, I’ve never had faro before, which is kind of crazy seeing as I feel like it would be something that I would love. This salad looks delicious!
I don’t remember a lot of names from high school either. I’ve had people come up to me and know exactly who I am and I don’t have a clue who they are. So awkward!
I know what you mean bout “selective memory” I got an FB friend request from someone who I have friends in common with – they even sent me a message – but for the life of me, I cannot remember them – I feel better knowing am not the only one 😉
Now to this salad – it’s more than than dabomb – it’s dabombdotcom and then some – I might even say its totally dope! I really need to try farro – specially mixed with cucumbers and chickpeas and slathered with that dressing – yum!
haha I feel the same way about people who facebook tells me to be friends with – I can see that I went to high school with them but have no memory of them!
I love, love, love farro, and will say that it’s my favorite grain. I just made a salad last week with spring veggies, lemon and parmesan, and could’ve eaten it every day. Since I’m Greek, of course, I love Greek salad, and mixed with farro, even better! Yes, I would say it’s the bomb, because sometimes I do still say that. 🙂
Mmmm your salad sounds fantastic! And of course I love that you’re just as big a fan of farro as I am!
Oh, I know I’ll love it! Perfect for hot days!
I definitely love this salad 🙂
Love the flavors of Greek salad and the chewiness of farro. This salad is sure to be a winner at any potluck!
I totally still you the phrase ‘it’s the bomb’ lol, and this greek farro salad definitely sounds like the bomb! My mom used to cook with farro all the time, but for some reason, I haven’t cooked with it in a while, this salad definitely has got me wanting to cook with farro asap 🙂
haha I love it! And yes – cook some farro asap!