Sometimes recipe concepts sit on my list for months, waiting to be made. Sometimes a craving strikes and a corresponding recipe materializes out of thin air—such is the case with this Greek farro salad. It features bold Mediterranean flavors (lemon, herbs, chickpeas, roasted red peppers and feta), tossed with lots of fresh, peppery arugula and warm, chewy whole grains. Pass me a fork already!
The best part? This salad keeps well for two to three days in the fridge, which is always welcome, but especially right now. The seasons are changing here in Kansas City and it’s just too nice outside to stay inside and cook. Let’s soak up all the seventy-degree days we can get!
To that end, I’m keeping this post short and sweet. Do let me know how you like this salad—please comment below and post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #cookieandkate! I always want to hear/see how my recipes turn out for you.
- 1 cup dried farro, rinsed
- 5 cups lightly packed arugula (if it's not baby arugula, you might want to give it a few chops to break it into smaller pieces)
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or 1½ cups cooked chickpeas)
- 1 large cucumber (about ¾ pound), seeded and chopped (to yield about 1½ cups chopped cucumber)
- 1 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper
- 20 kalamata olives, sliced into thin rounds (about ½ cup)
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
- 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- To cook the farro: In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed farro with at least three cups water (enough water to cover the farro by a couple of inches). Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the farro is tender to the bite but still pleasantly chewy (pearled farro will take around 15 minutes; unprocessed farro will take 25 to 40 minutes). Drain off the excess water and return the farro to the pot. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt and a little splash of the dressing. Set aside for just a few minutes to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the arugula, chickpeas, cucumber, peppers, olives and parsley.
- In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper until emulsified.
- Add the warm farro to the serving bowl and drizzle in the remaining dressing. Toss to combine. Add the feta, toss again, and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
Make it dairy free/vegan: Omit the feta. You might want to add more olives to make up for the feta's salty punch. Vegans, use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of the honey.
Make it gluten free: Cook up 1 cup quinoa instead of the wheat berries (here's how to cook it).
Storage suggestions: This salad will keep well for up to a couple of days in the refrigerator, covered.