Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 2/3 cup)

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews


July 05, 2016
delicious and easy to make. 

Main-dish potential

June 24, 2015
This is really good...I followed the recipe exactly (except for halving the amount) and found it flavorful with a satisfying combination of textures.  It might benefit from some goat cheese crumbles but stands well enough alone; and I agree that this could easily be made a main dish with the addition of a legume - e.g., chickpeas, edamame or fava beans.  This time I served it as a side to grilled chicken (with asparagus) but might try it as a main next time.    

BakinGooch's Review

August 11, 2014
Made a few modifications to suit my families' tastes. Subbed 1/3 C toasted pine nuts for the walnuts. For the dressing did 1/4 C honey balsamic vinegar and 3T EVOO then salt and pepper to taste. The salad was light and bright - great for dinner and will make an excellent lunch as well.

Mikekey's Review

August 02, 2014
Great salad. Loved the 'chewiness' of the farro. Would be good with dried cranberries when cherries are out of season.

clc1040's Review

June 16, 2014

amandacwheeler's Review

May 28, 2014
My husband loved this dish and he is a picky eater. I substituted the walnuts for a handful of enjoy life seeds due to a nut allergy in the family. It was delicious!

PandaToes's Review

May 27, 2014
What a terrific summer salad! I made this for tonight's dinner, with several substitutions. Barley instead of farro, juice from 1 fresh squeezed orange in place of the lemon juice, a little more mustard and not quite as much olive oil. Absolutely loved it and will definitely make this again-- it is perfect picnic food, or a dish to bring to a potluck.

KimNYC's Review

May 26, 2014
I made this for a BBQ today. It was okay, but I expected it to be more flavorful. I followed the recipe as is, with farro. If I tried it again, I would try wheat berries, per the other review. It was a filling side, but the flavours just didn't come together that well.

Primokel's Review

May 16, 2014
Delicious! I used wheat berries and added a little crumbled feta to finish it off. It would be great with garbanzo beans added for a bit more fiber and protein. Very quick and easy, one to keep in the summer salad rotation, for sure!