Farro, Cherry, and Walnut Salad

Farro is a quick-cooking grain with a mild flavor, perfect for a summer salad. Add juicy cherries, crunchy celery, and a mustardy dressing for the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, poultry, or fish. If you can't find farro, you can substitute wheat berries, barley, or quinoa.

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 2/3 cup)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 256
  • Fat: 10.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 37g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 201mg
  • Calcium: 34mg

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked farro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 pound sweet cherries, pitted and halved (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. 1. Bring 5 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add farro and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling water; cook 15 minutes or until al dente. Drain; cool at room temperature 15 minutes. Combine farro, cherries, celery, walnuts, and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Combine lemon juice, mustard, honey, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Pour dressing over farro mixture; toss to coat.
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