Quinoa, Couscous, and Farro Salad with Summer Vegetables


This light and delicious salad is packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber. I tried this while visiting a resort in Marco Island and could not wait to recreate it myself. This salad is the perfect dish for a light lunch or a side dish at dinner. Your vegetarian friends will thank you for serving this at any dinner party or BBQ.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 6 ½ cups water, divided

  • 1 cup red quinoa

  • 1 cup pearl (Israeli) couscous

  • 1 cup farro

  • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped

  • ½ red onion, chopped

  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 yellow squash, seeded and chopped

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese


  1. Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Bring 1 1/2 cup water and couscous to a boil in a separate saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until couscous is tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes.

  3. Bring 3 cups water and farro to a boil in a separate saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until farro is tender and water has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

  4. Combine quinoa, couscous, farro, cucumber, red onion, orange bell pepper, and yellow squash together in a bowl.

  5. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, and salt together in a bowl. Pour dressing over grain-vegetable mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle feta cheese over salad. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

Cook's Notes:

Regular quinoa can be used of you can't find red quinoa. Red bell pepper can be used in place of orange bell pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
21g Fat
50g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 31mg 153%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 282mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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