Favorite Greek Farro Salad

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A classic Greek salad meets everyone's favorite whole grain in this Greek Farro Salad recipe! Hearty farro is tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, roasted red bell pepper, feta, & plenty of arugula & it's all finished with the simplest Greek vinaigrette. Not only is it absolutely delicious & easy to make, this Mediterranean farro salad is incredibly versatile – serve it warm or cold, as a side dish or plant-powered main, or meal prep it for the best weekday lunches ever. Nothing not to love! Naturally vegetarian, easily dairy-free & vegan.
Greek farro salad in large clear glass bowl atop a white surface. The farro salad ingredients are grouped in the bowl - lemony red onions, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, farro, feta, etc. The bowl is surrounded by a small bowl of Greek dressing, a striped gray linen napkin, lemon wedges & a few leaves of baby arugula.

A warm weather fave…

Happy Spring, friends!!! One my biggest Spring cravings this year? Cold salads. Hearty & healthy cold salads are one of my go-to warm weather meals. They’re easy to toss together, perfect for meal prep, & they dance the fine line between “light lunch” & “easy side dish for dinner” beautifully. That’s a win in my book!

This Greek Farro Salad is one of my all-time favorites, & I’m excited to finally share it here on PWWB! It starts with a base of a classic Greek salad, which I make a little more substantial by adding hearty chickpeas & farro. It delivers crave-worthy light + bright Mediterranean flavors, but it’s also filled with tons of texture – crunchy cucumbers, creamy feta & chickpeas, &, of course, satisfying farro. I make it with Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro, which has been a pantry staple in my kitchen for years.

Bob’s Red Mill is my longtime favorite natural food brand; I count on Bob’s for seriously high-quality staples that I can put to use in a variety of different ways. It’s been especially fun to see more & more of their products pop up at my co-op & other grocery stores here in Minneapolis in recent years. I’m thrilled to partner with them throughout 2021 to highlight some of my favorite products, starting today with this Mediterranean farro salad!

Greek Farro Salad – Recipe Highlights:

This easy Greek farro salad recipe is…

  • …a perfect hybrid – It has everything there is to love about traditional Greek salad, with the satisfying, hearty, & plant-powered addition of chickpeas & farro. A totally substantial vegetarian salad with amazing light & bright flavors!
  • …easy to make – Farro’s inactive cooking creates the perfect pocket of time to chop all of the veggies & whip up a quick Greek dressing. It all comes together in 35 minutes or less, with pantry staples & seasonal faves!
  • …totally versatile – You can serve it warm or cold, as a side dish or plant-powered main, or meal prep it for the best weekday lunches ever.

Honestly, what’s not to love about that?! ♡ Read on to learn more about this Mediterranean Farro Salad, or jump straight to the recipe & get cookin’!

Greek farro salad in ceramic serving dish atop a white surface. The farro salad is tossed & topped with fresh basil leaves. The bowl is surrounded by a striped gray linen napkin, lemon wedges, tomatoes, & a bag of Bob's Red Mill farro.

Mediterranean Farro Salad Key Ingredients

Like many Mediterranean recipes, this Greek farro salad is made with simple, fresh ingredients that pack a punch of light + bright flavors. It’s a total flavor-bomb & it’s a texture lover’s dream!

Greek farro salad ingredients arranged on a white surface: tomatoes, feta cheese, arugula, red onion, chickpeas, cucumber, lemon, Bob's Red Mill farro, & roasted red peppers.
Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.

You will need…

  • Farro – Of course, it wouldn’t be a Greek farro salad without it! Farro is one of my favorite whole grains. If it’s new to you, you’re in for such a treat – more about farro below!
  • Lots of veggies! – A nod to classic Greek salad, I like to use a combination of juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy & cooling cucumber, roasted red pepper, & quickly pickled red onions. This is definitely the type of recipe you can make work with whatever you’ve already got in your refrigerator, though, so feel free to use what you have & call it good.
  • Feta – Another nod to classic Greek salad, good feta is a must. Whenever possible, I like buying feta that’s packaged in brine & dicing it into bite-sized pieces myself. Feta in brine is richer in flavor & its texture is so much creamier than the pre-crumbled stuff.
  • Chickpeas – My favorite easy plant-powered protein. Good ol’ canned chickpeas work perfectly here!

What is farro?

The star ingredient in this Greek farro salad recipe! Similar in texture, appearance & flavor to barley, farro is an ancient whole grain that just so happens to be a relative of modern day wheat. Naturally high in plant-based protein & fiber, farro was a staple ingredient in ancient Roman times & continues to be popular in Italy & other Mediterranean cuisines to this day.

Farro is one of my favorite whole grains because of its rich & nutty flavor, plus it has the best hearty & chewy texture. I love using it to add substance & texture to salads & grain bowls. I love to use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro because it’s very high in quality & it’s so easy to prepare!

Bag of Bob's Red Mill farro on a white surface next to black measuring cup with farro in it.

How to Cook Farro Perfectly (Every Single Time!)

Grains can be a little temperamental to cook, though, in my opinion, farro errs on the simpler end of the spectrum. While you’ll find that some recipes will direct you to prepare farro like rice (i.e. gently simmering in a certain ratio of water until absorbed), I always always boil farro (much like the way you’d boil pasta). It couldn’t be simpler & yields perfect results every time.

How to boil farro:

  1. Rinse well: Pop the uncooked farro in a fine mesh sieve & rinse with warm water for a good 30 seconds. Why ⇢ Raw farro has a powdery coating, which, in my experience, makes the cooking liquid pretty starchy & gives the cooked farro a gluey texture. A quick rinse washes the coating away altogether.
  2. Boil in salty water: Season a large pot of water with a few tablespoons of kosher salt & bring it to a roaring boil. Add the rinsed farro to the pot & cook until tender with a lovely chewy al dente bite. Pearled farro cooks up in about 30 minutes. Quick tip ⇢ Because of farro’s lengthy cook time, you’ll need to use quite a bit of water to prevent it all from boiling off before the farro finishes cooking. I typically cook up to 1 cup of pearled farro in a 4-quart Dutch oven.
  3. Drain & use: Once the farro is cooked, simply drain off the starchy cooking liquid through the same fine mesh sieve you used to rinse the farro & it’s ready to use in your Greek farro salad. Easy!
How to make Greek Farro Salad, Step 1: Cook farro. Cooked farro shown in strainer in a white Staub cocotte atop a white surface.

Other farro tips & tricks:

  • Season while it’s warm. My #1 farro tip is to season your farro while it’s still warm. Warm farro will soak up whatever dressing or seasoning you’re using, making for an even more flavorful final dish.
  • Farro triples in volume as it cooks! For example, 1 cup dry farro yields 3 cups cooked farro. Something to keep in mind as you decide how much farro you need to use.
  • Storage: Cooked farro will keep for up to 1 week, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze cooked farro in a freezer container for up to 1 month, which is ideal for batch cooking & meal prepping!

Assembling your Greek Farro Salad + a few other tips…

One of the most awesome things about farro salads is the fact that cooking farro is nearly entirely inactive, so while the farro boils on the stove, you can prep all of your veggies & whip up a simple Greek dressing. Once the farro is cooked, all you have to do is toss it all together. Pretty easy!

A woman's hand pours Greek dressing from bowl into Greek farro salad.

Quick Tips & Tricks:

Serving: I absolutely adore enjoying this Mediterranean farro salad on its own for a light + fresh vegetarian meal. The combination of hearty farro & chickpeas make it a wonderfully satisfying salad. It also doubles as a great side dish for any warm weather dinner, like Greek chicken, the best turkey burgers, or even grilled sausage. You really can’t go wrong!

Quick variations: This Greek farro salad is naturally vegetarian, but with a couple of quick tweaks it’s easily suited for other diets as well. To make it dairy-free & vegan, simply omit the feta or use your favorite vegan feta. To make it gluten-free & Celiac-friendly, simply swap the farro for your favorite gluten-free whole grain – quinoa & buckwheat are both great options for this recipe.

Storage: This Greek farro salad is also incredibly meal prep-friendly. I suggest tossing it together at the beginning of the week to have on hand as an easy meal or side dish throughout the week. It is best served within 3 days of assembly, though it’ll keep for up to 5 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Greek farro salad in ceramic serving dish atop a white surface. The farro salad is tossed & topped with fresh basil leaves. The bowl is surrounded by a striped gray linen napkin, serving spoons, lemon wedges.

I can’t wait for you to try this Favorite Greek Farro Salad! I’m pretty sure that once you do, you’ll understand why it’s our fave! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations!

Love Greek & Mediterranean flavors? Try this Falafel-ish Quinoa Salad, this Lemony Zucchini Salad with Olives, or these hearty Spinach & Artichoke Spanakopita Triangles next! Happy cooking! ♡

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Greek farro salad in large clear glass bowl atop a white surface. The farro salad ingredients are grouped in the bowl - lemony red onions, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, farro, feta, etc.

Favorite Greek Farro Salad

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes (mostly inactive)
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 810 1x
  • Category: Entree Salads & Bowls, Side Dish Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A classic Greek salad meets everyone’s favorite whole grain in this healthy Greek Farro Salad recipe! Not only is it absolutely delicious & easy to make, it’s also incredibly versatile – serve it warm or cold, as a side dish or plant-powered main, or meal prep it for the best weekday lunches ever. Nothing not to love!

Naturally vegetarian, easily dairy-free & vegan.


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro, rinsed well
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 3 mini cucumbers, diced (about 1 1/2 cups diced)
  • 6 ounces roasted red pepper, drained, rinsed, patted dry & diced
  • 6 ounces feta, patted dry & cubed or crumbled
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season

for the simple Greek vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon juice)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper & crushed red pepper flakes, to taste Greek farro salad ingredients arranged on a white surface: tomatoes, feta cheese, arugula, red onion, chickpeas, cucumber, lemon, Bob's Red Mill farro, & roasted red peppers.

Instructions

  1. Cook the farro: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Add the farro and boil 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until your desired al dente texture is reached. Drain & immediately rinse with cold water. Set aside to drain well. How to make Greek Farro Salad, Step 1: Cook farro. Cooked farro shown in strainer in a white Staub cocotte atop a white surface.
  2. Veggie prep: Meanwhile, as the farro cooks, prep the remaining ingredients starting with the onion. Place the finely diced red onion in a small bowl & squeeze the lemon juice over top. Stir to combine & set aside to sit as you prepare the remaining ingredients. Slice the tomatoes, dice the cucumbers, & roasted red bell pepper, etc. Once all of your ingredients are prepped, drain the lemon juice from the onions & discard. How to make Greek farro salad, Step 2: Diced red onions soaking in lemon juice in a speckled ceramic bowl with a gold spoon. The bowl sits atop a white surface next to a couple of lemon wedges.
  3. Make the simple Greek vinaigrette: Combine all listed ingredients in a small bowl or jar. For a little kick of heat, sprinkle in a little crushed red pepper flake. Whisk or shake to combine. Taste and season with additional kosher salt or ground black pepper as desired. Set aside, or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. How to make Greek Farro Salad, Step 3: Quick Greek dressing shown in a small ceramic bowl with spout & wooden spoon. The bowl sits atop a white surface, alongside lemon wedges, tomatoes, & pinch pots with salt, pepper, & dried oregano.
  4. Assemble the farro salad: To a large bowl, add the farro, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted red pepper, feta, chickpeas, & arugula. Pour the simple Greek vinaigrette over top. Toss to combine. Taste & adjust seasonings as desired. Enjoy! Greek farro salad in large clear glass bowl atop a white surface. The farro salad ingredients are grouped in the bowl - lemony red onions, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, farro, feta, etc.

Notes

  • Make-ahead & storage: This Greek Farro Salad is best when served within 3 days of assembly, though it’ll keep for up to 5 days. Store the assembled farro salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • 15-Minute Meal Prep:  If you’d like to do just a little prep in advance to help cut down on the active prep time when you make your Greek Farro Salad, go ahead & chop the veggies &/or make the simple Greek dressing:
    • Prep the simple Greek vinaigrette according to Step 3 of Recipe Directions, above. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. (5 minutes active prep)
    • Finely dice 1/2 medium red onion, halve or quarter cherry tomatoes, & dice 3 mini cucumbers & 6 ounces roasted red pepper. Store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (10 minutes active prep)

Keywords: Greek farro salad, farro salad recipe, entree salads & bowls, side dish, summer, spring, vegetarian, easily dairy-free & vegan, meal prep friendly, healthy

Recipe & Food Styling by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.

Greek farro salad in ceramic serving dish atop a white surface. The farro salad is tossed & topped with fresh basil leaves & has serving spoons nestled in it. The bowl is surrounded by a striped gray linen napkin.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 7.1.22
    kathy said:

    Idk what farro is, I’m assuming we can use pasta rice or quinoa instead of it

    • 7.3.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Kathy! Farro is an ancient whole grain, it was a staple ingredient in ancient Roman times & is still popular in Italy & other Mediterranean cuisines! It adds an awesome chewy texture that’s super satisfying in any salad but this recipe is very versatile & you can definitely swap for quinoa if that’s what you have on hand (buckwheat is a great option too!). Hope you give it a try!

    • 7.8.22
      Noemi said:

      I just made this tonight and my family really enjoyed it. I’d like to make it for my in-laws but my mom has celiac disease. Do you think it would taste okay with brown rice in place of the farro?

      • 7.11.22
        Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

        Hi Noemi! We’ve never tried it but brown rice may work as an alternative just be sure to give the rice a good rinse with water prior to cooking to help prevent sticky rice so it mixes well with the other components in the salad. Another great gluten free alternative, if you have it on hand, would be either quinoa (super filling!) or buckwheat as it will provide a really good chewy texture similar to the farro but is naturally GF!

  2. 6.19.22
    Daisy said:

    I had a huge bunch of fresh dill, I added that too and it was delicious. I generally meal prep some sort of grain salad at the beginning of the week for my lunches. This was great .
    I love arugula, I added it per serving, a lot of it 😊. Kept a little container of dressing in the fridge to drizzle on each day as a refresher.
    Very good.

    • 6.20.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Daisy! Thanks so much for sharing, we are SO glad you enjoyed – it’s the perfect meal prep lunch!

  3. 4.25.22
    Michelle said:

    This was so delicious! Will be a staple- thank you!

    • 4.26.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed, Michelle! Thanks so much leaving a comment!

  4. 4.15.22
    Angela said:

    This looks delish! Can’t wait to try it out to change up the salad routine.

    • 4.18.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thank you Angela! Hope you give it a try soon!

  5. 4.11.22
    Brittny said:

    This was so good! I added craisins and used violife vegan feta. Absolutely amazing!

    • 4.11.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Brittny! So glad to hear that you enjoyed, thanks so much for sharing!

  6. 3.17.22
    Naomi said:

    Hi Jess, I wanted to let you know that this was scrumptious. I made a few adjustments, not intentionally, but here they are: I didn’t have farro so I substituted one/half cup of wheat berries which were wonderful and chewy – they added a nice depth; my cucumber went bad, so I didn’t include that, and lastly I substituted fresh mozzarella as feta has always been too tangy for me. I will say that I used a mortar and pestle to grind 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes and the dressing was so scrumptious. The flavor had a warm heat to it was divine. My husband was gushing. I did have to add an extra 1/2 tsp. of kosher salt, but that’s personal preference. I tossed everything together and let it marinade for a half hour in the fridge under some seran wrap. I added the greens at the last though so they wouldn’t wilt under the moisture. I will make this again soon and plan to try halloumi cheese which is a greek cheese that’s milder than feta – I’ll see what that flavor profile is like. Anyways, thank you for the fabulous recipe. It’s a keeper.

    • 3.18.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Naomi! Thanks so much for dropping this comment – we are so glad you loved it! All of your swaps using what you had on hand sound delicious! I bet halloumi would work wonderfully, thanks again!!

  7. 3.12.22
    Angela said:

    I have never tried farro. I’ll have to give this a try. Loving all the veggies.

    • 3.13.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks Angela! We LOVE farro! It’s such a versatile grain & adds the best chewy texture to this salad!! You’ll definitely have to give it a try & let us know what you think! 🙂

  8. 3.1.22
    Sandy Buss said:

    This salad is addicting. I’ve been enjoying it cold for lunch and warm as a dinner side. So good!

    • 3.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So happy to hear that you enjoy it, Sandy! It is so versatile & really meal-prep friendly!!

  9. 10.12.21
    Christine said:

    This was great. Thanks!

    • 10.31.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you enjoyed Christine, we love hearing how things went!

  10. 9.26.21
    Sara said:

    The serving size (serves 8-10),is that as a side dish or a main?

    • 9.26.21

      Hi Sara – The salad will generously feed 8-10 as a side dish or 4-6 as a main. Hope you try soon! Jess

  11. 7.17.21
    Nancy said:

    This salad is delicious. It’s a lot! Use your biggest bowl to mix (the biggest). It doesn’t look like enough dressing (it is). I will definitely make the salad and yummy dressing again. Thanks!!

    • 12.27.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Glad to hear that you loved the salad, Nancy! It definitely makes a generous batch but we love that it is a great meal prep/make-ahead recipe that can be enjoyed throughout the week!

  12. 7.4.21
    Lisa said:

    This salad was so delicious! I made it for a 4th of July party and it was a hit! So easy and fresh – I can’t wait to make this for lunches again!

  13. 4.2.21
    Rachel said:

    I’m very partial to farro salads. Loved the combination of textures, especially the arugula. This salad keeps beautifully and packs great for picnics. Definitely worth making.

    • 5.5.21

      Awesome, Rachel! I’m so glad you enjoyed, especially as a farro salad-lover. Thanks for the comment!!! xx

  14. 3.30.21
    Christine J said:

    So fresh, very easy to make, and hearty enough to hold up as a meal on its own. Loved it!

    • 5.14.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Christine! Thanks so much for sharing! Farro definitely adds a chewy bite that makes this salad hearty & filling – we are so glad you enjoyed!

    • 8.10.21
      Suzie said:

      I LOVE this salad. It is a near-weekly staple for my work-day lunches because it is so quick and easy to prep on Sunday night, it’s fresh and healthy (and easily adapts to be vegan – I just swap feta for capers!), and, most importantly, it is so delish! I absolutely love the dressing recipe. I can also so easily swap the other ingredients with what I have on hand. I often add in kale if I have it, AND I usually add an avocado, which makes this a super satisfying and filling lunch. Highly recommend giving this recipe a try for a great summer salad!

      • 12.29.21
        Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

        Hi Suzie! Thank you for taking the time to share – it really is such a good meal prep salad & a great way to use up whatever you have on hand! We love that it’s become a summer go-to for you!

  15. 3.28.21
    B said:

    super simple and eat straight out of the bowl then hide it from everyone else in the back of the fridge good.

  16. 3.28.21
    Erin Clarkson said:

    I made this for dinner on Friday and it was SO good. Chopped up double of all the bits and bobs so I can make it again for lunches this week!

    • 5.14.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Erin! Thank you for your comment! We are so glad you enjoyed & were able to make extras – this salad is SO good for meal-prepping! 🙂

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