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Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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Ingredients

2 h servings 334 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • 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: 334 calories; 13.7 g fat; 49.8 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g protein; 2 mg cholesterol; 600 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Delicious! Even though I had never used farro before, I saw this recipe and knew I had to make it! I only used 1 tsp of sugar and that was plenty sweet for me. I might even leave out the sugar ...

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Using the recipe as written, this was not worth making. I think it has potential but was quite disappointed with the results after spending so much time. 1) 2.5 cups of broth is too much for 1 c...

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Delicious! Even though I had never used farro before, I saw this recipe and knew I had to make it! I only used 1 tsp of sugar and that was plenty sweet for me. I might even leave out the sugar ...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe; yes the vinaigrette makes plenty so add what you need and there's extra if you are wanting to make it a day ahead, it tends to absorb some. ~ One thing was ...

Fabulous side dish. It's sweet, but not over the top - well balanced. Great colors and textures with the farro, apples and nuts. I've been looking for more farro recipes and this one is a keep...

Perhaps next time add about 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/2 minced shallot to the dressing mixture. Also adding about 1/2 tsp lemon pepper after everything is mixed together. Add juice of 1/4-1/2...

Loved it!! I made this for a bridal shower where we served several different types of salads. It was a big hit, and several people asked for the recipe. The recipe is flexible- you could do crai...

Using the recipe as written, this was not worth making. I think it has potential but was quite disappointed with the results after spending so much time. 1) 2.5 cups of broth is too much for 1 c...

Awesome. Didn’t change a thing.

Italian farro was new to me - and thank goodness I found it! This is a wonderful recipe - not too tart not too sweet. Just perfect.

This was a great side dish! Sweet and tart with great texture from the walnuts. I left out the white sugar like previous reviewers did and thought it was sweet enough just from the maple syrup....