Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette


Here's a delicious salad using a whole grain that not only tastes good but is good for you! The flavors are refreshing and sweet while the crunchy nuts and farro give it wonderful texture!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 servings



  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup farro

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 cup chopped tart green apple

  • ¾ cup dried cherries

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Whisk oil, maple syrup, vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.

  2. Cook and stir walnuts in a small skillet over low heat until toasted and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Bring chicken broth, farro, oregano, and basil to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, cover with a lid, and let sit until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Transfer farro to a glass bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes more.

  4. Mix walnuts, green apples, dried cherries, and parsley into farro. Drizzle dressing over farro mixture and toss to coat; refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I have also substituted celery or jicama in place of the apple; it adds crunch and color but prefer the apple for taste.

Vegetable broth can be substituted for chicken broth. Honey can be substituted for maple syrup.

For this recipe, use par-boiled Italian farro or spelt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
14g Fat
48g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 600mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 231mg 5%

* 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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