Winter Farro Salad with Feta and Citrus Vinaigrette has a lot going on. The nuttiness of farro shines through in contrast to the sweetness of the winter fruit. Feta gives it just that little bit of zestiness needed. And the nuts and seeds give it enough crunch to make this a well-rounded salad that is as much at home as a side on your dinner table, or as the star of the show at a picnic.
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Winter Farro Salad with Feta and Citrus Vinaigrette
I am a wee bit late to the whole farro game.
I mean I use quinoa ALL the time.
I have millet, sorghum, and barley on regular rotation when dinner time comes.
So the ancient grains game is strong in the Whole Food Bellies house, but somehow this particular grain hasn’t received much love.
I did, however, happen upon some 10 Minute Farro at TJ’s last month and just had to give it a whirl. Happy to say, it was well-received and is now part of our grain rotation (thank goodness TJ’s have the quick-cooking version!)
This is one ‘cheat’ I am happy to take on board.
Adding Fruit To Your Salad Is A Good Idea!
I just LOVE adding fruit to my salads, and fresh winter fruit makes such a great addition to contrast the nuttiness of the farro.
Oranges are rampant right now, so I paired them with some chopped pears, and dried cranberries, along with some nuts and seeds for the ultimate light winter feast.
Looking for some more Winter salads to BRIGHTEN up your day? I’v got ya covered:
Can This Grain Salad Be Made Ahead Of Time?
Winter Farro Salad is great for making ahead of time and serving up for lunch throughout the week.
If this is your plan, I would make the salad but keep the dressing separate and just drizzle over the top before serving. Otherwise, you run the risk of sogginess.
Just keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat.
I Can’t Get Quick Farro, Can I Use Regular Farro?
You will just need to add more time to your expectations.
Instant Pot Cooking Instructions for Farro
- Put the farro along with one cup of water to the instant pot. Pop on the lid and seal the valve.
- Set to manual mode for 12 minutes.
- Quick pressure release once complete.
- Once pressure has been released, remove the farro from the pot and set aside.
Stove Top Cooking Instructions for Farro
- Bring a large saucepan filled water to a boil.
- Add farro; reduce heat to medium and simmer 20 minutes or until slightly chewy.
- Drain and serve.
Winter Farro Salad with Feta and Citrus Vinaigrette has a lot going on. The nuttiness of farro shines through in contrast to the sweetness of the winter fruit. Feta gives it just that little bit of zestiness needed to make this a well rounded salad that is as much at home as a side on your dinner table, or as the star of the show at a picnic.
- 1 cup Farro, uncooked
- 1 large orange, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 large pear, diced
- 2 large celery stalks, diced
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3-1/2 cup orange and thyme dressing
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- big pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to serve
Prepare farro according to directions. Let cool completely in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Add chopped orange, pear, celery, cranberries and pumpkin seeds to cooled farro. Gently toss with Orange and Thyme Vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately at room temperature or chilled. If not serving immediately, you may need to add some additional dressing to freshen it up before serving. But be sure to add the dressing before refrigeration to prevent the pears from browning.
If you enjoyed this recipe then you might want to try these:
If you need some more ideas using Farro then check these recipes out from around the web:
- Warm Winter Vegetable Salad
- Quick and Easy Quinoa Salad
- Cumin Spiced Farro Breakfast Bowl
- Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Farro Salad from The Rustic Foodie;
- Lemon Cumin Grilled Chicken Farro Salad from Side Walk Shoes;
- Farro Mac and Cheese with Broccoli from A Cookie Named Desire.
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