A light and delicious way to get your whole grains. Perfect salad for picnics, baby or bridal showers or just because!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak farro in a large bowl of water for at least 12 hours. Drain.

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the drained farro, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, then cook the farro uncovered, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue simmering until tender, about 30 more minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus, and cook uncovered until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the asparagus is cold, drain well, and chop. Set aside.

  • Place farro, asparagus, tomatoes, walnuts, cranberries, parsley, and chives in a large bowl. Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over and sprinkle about 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, then toss. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Serve at room temperature.

Editor's Note:

If you can't find farro, look for spelt or wheat berries, which are available in the health food section of some markets.

Nutrition Facts

223 calories; protein 7.9g 16% DV; carbohydrates 32.4g 11% DV; fat 9.1g 14% DV; cholesterol 5.9mg 2% DV; sodium 164.4mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
Great! I served this at my card club last week and it was the hit of the night! I made it with barley instead of farro and added tangerine sections for color. Everyone wanted the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/03/2017
I ended up using more dressing Read More
101 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
Great! I served this at my card club last week and it was the hit of the night! I made it with barley instead of farro and added tangerine sections for color. Everyone wanted the recipe! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2011
This salad is fantastic. I did not have time to do the 12 hour soak. I soaked the farro for 2 hours the recipe turned out just fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2010
I used jasmine rice in place of farro. It needed a tsp or so of olive oil to keep the rice from sticking together, but it had a great look and flavor. The next time I threw in a few black beans for more protein, and that worked, as well. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2010
This was wonderful. I wish I could underline and bold that word. I made this for a family picnic. Yes I did modify but it doesn't substantially alter the recipe. I only had Quinoa on hand so that replaced Farro. Truthfully I'm betting cooked wheat berries would work too. The other modification was the walnuts. I replaced them with toasted sliced almonds due to a family food allergy. Also I used a Red Apple Balsamic. I'm sure any type of good quality balsamic would be great. I forgot to take a picture but I will next time I make it. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2011
Loved it! I wasn't sure about the cranberries but love the little sweetness it adds. I also didn't have time to soak for 12 hours but it didn't seem to affect the delicousness! I skipped the parm cheese and instead sprinkled a little goat cheese on...so so good! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2012
I was a bit hesitant about this having never cooked or used farro. However it was really delicious! The chewy nutty texture of the cooked farro was wonderful. I plan to try it in other dishes. One caution: 2 cups of uncooked faro makes a whole lot of cooked grain! So be sure to check servings for this recipe - I wasn't serving a crowd and could have cut the recipe in half. As other reviewers did substituted almonds for walnuts and as another Easter dish had asparagus used haricots vert for the green veggie. Surprisingly good. Will share with others. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2011
very lovely and clean flavors great for summer. I used manchego in place of parmesean and a garlic herb balsamic vinaigrette Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2011
This was really good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
I am going to give this five stars although I have not tried it yet it sounds very appealing! Farro is a wonderful grain and I hope those of you who have not tried it will do so! It can be found in a health food store and if not found I am sure it can be ordered for you. However since I did that I have found that it can be purchased from Amazon in a 3# bag for a more reasonable price per pound. http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Farro-3-lbs-Bag/dp/B0028VZEJQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1292004253&sr=1-1 However I went to their website just now and found they are out of it at this time but you can sign up to be notified when it does come in. I am sorry for the buildup and the let down!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/03/2017
I ended up using more dressing Read More