5 servings

Farro is a whole grain with a pleasantly chewy texture. Look for it at specialty markets and gourmet grocers or health food stores. With crunchy cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, and buttery avocado, this dish makes a refreshing lunch. Pair it with a simple starter soup and whole-grain crackers for dinner.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place farro in a large saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above farro. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well.

Step 2

Combine oil, rind, juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add farro, tomatoes, cucumber, and cilantro; toss gently to coat. Place about 1 cup farro mixture on each of 5 plates; garnish evenly with avocado. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews


August 30, 2015
We weren't huge fans of this - I'd like more dressing and maybe some feta or something to round it out. 

bjane1's Review

March 18, 2012
Excellent! The lime and vinegar flavors were complimented well with the creamy avocado. I used wheat berries since my store doesn't carry farro. Served with Sweet and Spicy Tilapia and steamed broccoli.

foodieforpeace's Review

March 18, 2012
Really delicious. Did not use cilantro or avocado (none in house). Added chopped black olives and a couple dashes of hot (Tabasco) sauce. Other veggies (peppers, green or red onions, etc) should also work. Served with a grilled pork tenderloin with a rub of salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, chili powder and oregano and steamed broccoli.

Chesterscraps's Review

July 05, 2009
This was super yummy! And due to the lime juice (I guess) the avocado did not darken so leftovers worked out well. Would serve to guests. Will make again (probably next week).

ashleycovelli's Review

December 06, 2008
I had to make a special trip to Whole Foods to find farro, but it was so worth it! This stuff is like a mix between brown rice and barley. It's nice and chewy and hearty. With the avocado, it's even filling as a main course! It's great leftover for lunch, too. It's an all around refreshing summer dish. I've made a ton of variations on this dish (same vinaigrette) now, and it's one of our all-time favorite recipes!