Farro and Arugula Salad

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farro and arugula saladIf the holidays left you craving something green and healthy right now, no worries, I have the perfect salad for you! I’m currently in love with this salad, thanks to my friend Stacey who posted it on her blog. I could literally eat this for lunch all week, and I have!

farro salad ingredients

Simple but superior ingredients is what makes this salad so scrumptious. Cooked farro, that wonderful chewy and nutty tasting Italian grain is tossed with baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, pitted nicoise olives, buttery and over the top extremely addictive Marcona almonds and really good feta.

Speaking of feta, I’ve been obsessed with the brand that you see above for some time now, I buy it at my Costco, it’s about $11.00 for a 2 pack. It’s outstanding and a little goes a long way because the flavor is so intensified. No comparison in taste to the feta crumbles you can buy in the stores, none what so ever! If you can’t find this particular brand just get the real deal.

All those ingredients and flavors combined with premium extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice for your dressing and you have a salad that you will crave and dream about eating, it’s that good!

farro and arugula saladIf I were you I would cook up a whole bag of farro, stick it into a container in the fridge so it’s handy when you want to toss this salad together, especially if you plan on eating it for lunch during the week.

farro and arugula salad I chose nicoise olives because I adore them along with a lemon and olive oil dressing which went heavenly together, but you can certainly use pitted kalamata olives and a vinegar based dressing like my friend Stacey did. You can’t go wrong, it’s all good!

Farro and Arugula Salad
  • 1½ cups of cooked farro
  • 1 lb. baby arugula
  • handful of marcona almonds
  • ½ cup, sliced cherry tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup nicoise olives
  • ½ cup good feta crumbled
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  1. Make the dressing by squeezing the juice of one lemon into a small bowl then whisking in olive oil and tasting until you get the right balance.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and then toss with the dressing adding salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. Marie – I’m so enjoying reading all your recipes that I have missed over these past months. This salad sounds wonderful.
    I’m cooking with farro too, posting tomorrow.
    Gotta go visit Stacey next…

  2. Marie, I’ve been on a super-focused health stage since November and your salad looks and sounds perfect! I love all of the bright colors — so appetizing!

  3. I have truly fallen in love with this salad and think I will be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner from now on 🙂
    For those in search of farro, yes TJ’s has it as does Trader Joe’s. Really, EVERY grocery store should carry it because it’s so dang delicious!

    Thank you P.I.C. for another fresh, flavorful and beautiful recipe.

  4. laura in san diego says

    This looks delicious! Btw, I made your colorful carrot salad recently for a party and it disappeared! The dressing is my new favorite and I keep a mason jar of it in my fridge !

  5. Insalata di farro is one of my all-season staples, Marie and your version sounds fabulous. I just made it yesterday with kale, toasted hazelnuts, dried cherries and shaved ricotta salata. Farro is hands-down my favorite grain. Love it any which way!

  6. A flavor AND a presentation explosion! This flavor profile as well as the presentation are suitable for any dinner party and I can assure you will get noticed. My wife and a prepared and presented and the only issue we had was that we all fought over the last bite!! I shared and recommended to a dozen people last night. This recipe in my opinion needs NOTHING with it. The balance and flavor stand alone! Excellent dish! Very well done!

  7. I have a lot of farro in my kitchen right now. Thanks for giving me an idea of what to do with it!

    Hope you’re having a happy new year!

  8. I swear, Marie, I want to make every single one of your recipes! I just published a post about Eataly and thought of you the whole time I was there. We just happened to hit it right and the store was practically empty. Strange for a Saturday morning before New Year’s weekend. I actually took a few photos with no people in them. Hope you are managing in your awful weather. I got out of Dodge just in time.

  9. What a great salad to help kick off the New Year’s healthier eating resolutions…this is sure to be a regular in the salad rotation!

  10. I need this salad after all the excesses of the holidays. I’m putting faro and feta on my shopping list.

  11. Marie, This is just what I’m craving right now, especially after all the sweets and treats of the holidays! It looks so delicious and it’s so good for you! Definitely in the plans for this week!

  12. Summer on a plate. I love it ! I have to make that in summer, when I can get good tomatoes. Thanks.

  13. Lovely, fresh and healthy for the New Year! Funny, but this AM I walked into my kitchen and thought about farro salad. I mean this was before I even started the coffee pot. God only knows why farro struck me at 5:30 AM… great minds think alike, Marie! Happy New Year to you!

  14. This salad looks so amazing….I am salivating just looking at it, Marie!! If we weren’t snowed in right now, I’d be running out to the store to get all the ingredients. 🙂 I’m new to your blog, but I assure you this will not be my last visit. Anxious to explore the rest of your blog! Thanks for sharing!! Happy New Year!!

  15. This looks like a healthy and delicious salad, Marie! Perfect for a “after the indulgences of the holidays” meal 🙂

  16. Mmmmmm……this salad looks delicious! I have to admit, for a long time I wasn’t a fan of Arugula, but have acquired a taste for it and now use it very often. I will give this recipe at try. I’d also like to know if you have ever done a post on making fresh pasta dough? I commented about your last “ravioli feast” blog, and mentioned that I had not mastered the art of the dough making. So I looked and looked at your older posts trying to find if you’d ever posted how you make it. I know lots of people don’t need a recipe because it’s something that becomes second nature after so many years of making it, but since I’m a beginner, I really need the guidance of a recipe. Any help would be much appreciated!

  17. I love all the ingredients! I was going to make a salad to go with a Pasta Pie later this week and this will be perfect! Thank you for sharing. And Happy New Year!

  18. Just what I need after too much holiday. I jar it and take it to lunch.

  19. PS, the tsp of honey in the dressing is really good.

  20. How funny! I just ate this salad for lunch today!
    It’s my FAVORITE! I am addicted to it too!
    This time I found farro at Trader Joe’s, not as good as the Umbrian type, but will do.
    Glad you are enjoying it!
    Happy and Healthy new year! xo

  21. I’ll be making this very soon….already have most of the ingredients..so yummy!
    Love, Mona

  22. This immediately caught my eye when I saw it! It’s full of all things I crave! Love the arugula and farro and everything in between.

  23. I actually have almost all of these ingredients in the house. I have to go to Costco so the cheese is no problem. Love the idea of cooking the whole bag of Farro. It’s great for this salad or to have pre-cooked when you want to add it to soup or a side dish. Thanks again, Marie


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