Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

The weather outside is finally gorgeous.  The sunshine is stretching well into the evening.  The walking paths in my neighborhood are teeming with happy exercisers.   And I have been working out this month…inside.

This should not be so.

Here’s the thing, though, my elliptical is inside.  And more importantly, my Netflix with House Of Cards is hooked up to it inside.  And as much as I love going on long walks outside by the river near downtown KC after work, I have to admit, I am way more interested in those symphonic timelapse views of DC right now.  And as much as I love unning into friends in my neighborhood on walks, I am way more interested in people-watching the politicians cruising in and out of Frank Underwood’s office.  Oh yes, three years late to the show, I am now 100% hooked.

The great side effect of marathon-watching the show is that I am getting in fantastic shape lately!  I mean, let’s be real, I’ve never been one of those people who really looks forward to working out each day.  But I must tune in to see if the pieces of Frank’s latest conniving schemes are going to fall into place, and watch Claire’s poised and ultra-calculated response, and root for Doug to make better decisions, wish that I had my own Meechum to follow me around…

Yeah, I’d say this show beats a personal trainer for me.  Haven’t missed a day.  :)

Well, the other good news about spending so much time with the Underwoods is that all of this extra working out is propelling me to want to eat more healthy food to go along with it.  So when I was craving a Greek gyro the other day, I decided to instead pull out some farro and whip up a chopped Mediterranean salad.  It was easy, it was colorful, it was healthy, and I like to think it’s something Claire would dive into after a jog around the Capitol…eh?


Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

The key ingredient to this salad, of course, is one of my favorite grains of late — farro.

I have been stocking this stuff in my pantry as much as quinoa.  And while it’s not gluten-free like quinoa, I am such a fan of it.  It’s chewy, it’s nutty, it’s extra tasty when cooked in broth (like quinoa), and it goes perfectly in this salad!

With it, I added some roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes (since fresh tomatoes still aren’t quite in season), red onion (or shallot), fresh parsley, cucumber, and lots of feta cheese.
Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

Toss them all together with a quick and easy Greek vinaigrette.  (I went easy on the vinaigrette portion to cut down on calories with this recipe.)

Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

Whoosh!Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

And within minutes, this fresh and delicious and healthy Mediterranean Farro Salad is ready to go.

Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

This recipe works perfectly as a side dish that you can serve with dinner, or if you’re grilling out or at a potluck.  Or it is also plenty filling as a main course, especially after a nice workout on the elliptical.  ;)  Feel free to add in some grilled chicken or shrimp if you’d like, or just serve it meatless as is.  I promise, it’s a keeper.

Cheers to healthy eating, and finally catching up on those shows that “everyone” is talking about… :)

Mediterranean Farro Salad

This Mediterranean Farro Salad is filled with fresh ingredients, lots of chewy delicious farro, and it's tossed with a light Greek vinaigrette. Perfect as a side dish or main course, and for taking with you to a potluck!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup uncooked farro, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and finely-diced
  • 2/3 cup finely-diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • half of a small red onion, finely diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh parsley
  • Greek vinaigrette (see ingredients below)

Greek Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

Stir together stock and farro in a medium saucepan, and cook according to package instructions until al dente.  Remove from heat, and drain off any extra stock once the farro is cooked.  Let farro cool for at least 10 minutes.

Transfer farro to a large mixing bowl, and add in remaining ingredients, including the vinaigrette.  Toss until combined.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

To Make The Greek Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.  Use immediately.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Mediterranean Farro Salad -- this simple dish is quick and easy to whip up, and full of the best flavors! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 18, 2015 @ 6:10 am (#)

    The hubs and I have been TRYING to find a new show to watch, and maybe we will have to try this House Of Cards (see I am even more behind than you!)
    I also have yet to try farro (I live under a rock) so this post is bursting with new and delicious ideas! Pinned!

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 6:57 am

      It’s SOOOO good! So is farro. : )

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 18, 2015 @ 7:40 am (#)

    Quinoa doesn’t stand a chance next to farro in my book. I love when you cook with ancient grains! Congrats on getting in shape girl – keep it up!

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      I love them both, but I think yes, I think I agree with you! And thanks, girl! ; )

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 18, 2015 @ 7:40 am (#)

    Umm that sounded weird. You’re already IN shape. Better shape? Hotter than you already are? You know what I meant. ;-)

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

      Haha, that didn’t sound weird at all! But now you’ve gone and called me hot, so…

      ; P

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 18, 2015 @ 7:43 am (#)

    I love salads like this that can be saved for weekday lunches!! This sounds awesome!

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      Thanks, Katrina!

  5. Maria — May 18, 2015 @ 9:01 am (#)

    I look forward to my daily workouts so I can zone out to my favorite shows! So glad you are watching HofC! It is SO good! 

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

      Yes, I really can’t get enough!

  6. Sarah | Broma Bakery — May 18, 2015 @ 9:02 am (#)

    Oh I’m OBSESSED with HOC. Boyfriend and I watched Season 3 in 2 days!! And way to kill two birds with one stone!

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

      Haha thanks Sarah! It’s definitely an easy show to binge on! : )

  7. Anna — May 18, 2015 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    yumm so many summer vibes!!!

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

  8. Claire @ Karats and Kale — May 18, 2015 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    Yum! Mediterranean food is my fave! I was a little bit late to the HOC party also, but now I can’t get enough!
    xx Claire

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

      It’s so good, right? Such an easy show to binge! And I hope you enjoy this recipe! : )

  9. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious — May 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    This is so pretty, Ali! I really need to get on the farro bandwagon. It looks so hearty and delicious!

    • Ali — May 18th, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! I’m definitely really into it at the moment!

  10. Greta Sutherland — May 18, 2015 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    Oh, Claire… I am somewhat (but only slightly) bothered by how much I would like to emulate her. (Eek!) She brings classy conniving to a whole new level. [Admission: after we first started watching HOC, I started wearing only neutral colors, a simple ring and a watch. And would often ask my husband, “What would Claire wear?”] 

    Adding farro to my summer salad must-try list right now…..

    • Ali — May 19th, 2015 @ 8:08 am

      I know, she may be evil, but she’s one classy lady! And oh my gosh, you have me laughing at your neutral colors, minimalist jewelry thing! lol I feel like Claire whenever I wear my sleek black zip-up track jacket for working out ; ) haha Hope you love the farro!

  11. The Kentucky Gent — May 18, 2015 @ 6:58 pm (#)

    Love a good Mediterranean salad, because like you said they can be used in tons of ways! 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  12. Savita @ ChefDeHome — May 19, 2015 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    I’m crazy for salads and Mediterranean food. Specially, I love tossing a salad when crave for something indulgent :) This salad is sure making to my dinner table soon :) thanks for sharing.

    • Ali — May 20th, 2015 @ 8:33 am

      Thanks Sativa, I hope you love it! : )

  13. Catherine — October 1, 2015 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    I didn’t have sun dried tomatoes and was to lazy to roast the peppers, so I de-seeded the tomatoes and just diced an orange bell pepper. It was amazing that way, too!

    Every recipe I have made from your blog has been a “keeper”. Thank God, because my kids are really sick of my go-to meals! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 1st, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

      Aww thanks Catherine, that’s so sweet! We’re happy you liked this recipe, and that you’re a fan of the blog — thanks for reading! :)

  14. Lizzie — December 22, 2015 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    Amazing! Added grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes and a bunch of kale and turned it into a hearty meal!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 23rd, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      Those additions sound awesome Lizzie, and we’re so glad you enjoyed this! :)

  15. June — January 20, 2016 @ 2:48 am (#)

    Very nice recipe! Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

      Thanks June, we hope you enjoy! :)

  16. Ethan W. — January 22, 2016 @ 9:14 am (#)

    I found myself the salad of my dreams!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

      Yay, we’re so glad you like this Ethan!

  17. manal moez — January 25, 2016 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    My daughter made the mediterranean farro salad I like it very much

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:16 am

      Thanks for sharing Manal, we’re glad to hear that!

  18. Patti — February 7, 2016 @ 1:44 am (#)

    I have never tasted farro. I’ve never seen it in my local store. Is it hard to find? Also, how long does it take to cook?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 10:15 am

      You should be able to find farro in the rice section (near the quinoa, usually). It takes about 30 min to cook. We hope this helps!

  19. Jenny Mikhail — February 17, 2016 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Oh, this was yummy – first time I’ve tried farro. I also added diced avocado, which worked pretty well. Thanks for the recipe – definitely a do-over!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 8:12 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it Jenny! :)

  20. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen — March 2, 2016 @ 7:58 am (#)

    I made a similar dish a few times and even soups. Farro is just an amazing cereal. I usually buy it when I am over to Italy as it is cheaper. I love the look of your salad, so fresh and healthy! I am going to make this very soon! Thanks for the lovely recipe :-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 2nd, 2016 @ 11:52 am

      Thanks Alida! We hope you enjoy it! :)

  21. Kelly Madison — March 17, 2016 @ 3:00 am (#)

    That salad looks soooo delicious. I also love adding roasted red peppers to the salads I make. I’m sure I’ll greatly enjoy this exquisite Mediterranean taste. 
    P.S. House of Cards is a great choice ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 17th, 2016 @ 10:21 am

      Thanks Kelly — we hope you love it! And we’re big fans of roasted red peppers and they would be a killer addition to this! :)

  22. Bree — March 23, 2016 @ 7:36 pm (#)

    Are the roasted red peppers in a jar? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

      Yes, but sometimes we roast our own — you can do whichever you like! :)

  23. Vicki — April 11, 2016 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    What else would this work with in place of farro? I have a hard time finding it at my grocery store. Lots of quinoa, barley and couscous…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 12th, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

      Honestly you could use just about any grain — but we think barley, freekeh, or Israeli couscous would work the best! We hope you enjoy! :)

  24. kamal — April 26, 2016 @ 10:08 am (#)

    how many calories does the Mediterranean Farro salad have? Some one asked me and i could not find it on your website.
    thanks
    kamal

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 26th, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

      Hi Kamal! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  25. Marianela — May 3, 2016 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Mediterranean food is love! Will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing Ali. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

      Thanks Marianela — we hope you love it! :)