Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries

Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries | www.alldayieat.com

Hello friends!! Happy Meatless Monday! To celebrate, I have a super light and herby farro salad to share with you. Are you ready? If not, put your helmet on and  let the farro fall like rain from the sky!!

Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries | www.alldayieat.com

Farro is one of my favorite grains. It’s chewy, filling, and nutritious.

If you haven’t been following, I threw together a bunch of healthy dishes before I left for my Europe trip. This salad was one of them.

One of the things I like about this dish is how quickly it comes together. You can have a meal in under 30 minutes.

Warm Farro Salad

The other thing I like is that the salad is pretty flexible. It can’t do the splits, but is a solid base for exploring different flavors and combinations. What I think makes this salad work are the fresh herbs in the dressing and warm temperature.

Farro is pretty bland by itself. So adding an aromatic garlic-rosemary infused dressing livens up the flavor quite well.

In addition, the warmth from cooking the farro is perfect for making some of those aromatics evaporate from the salad right into your nose.  Bullseye. Right where you want them.

If you eat the salad cold, the flavor is still there. There may just not be as evident of an aroma when you are eating it.

The parsley also plays an important role in adding a slightly pungent and herby characteristic to the dish.

Lastly, you have the dried fruit for sweetness/tartness and the cheese for creaminess.

If you are looking for an easy and tasty way of eating farro, follow the recipe as written.

Otherwise, I encourage you to experiment and see what you like best.

Since I’ve made this recipe multiple times, I took the opportunity to see what else I could do with it.

Some of the things I’ve tried are as follows:

  • dried apricot, dried currants or sundried tomato in place of the cherries
  • toasted pecan, walnuts or avocado in place of the goat cheese (making the dish vegan)

Anyways, hope you give this dish a try and hope you have a great day, an even greater week!

Until next time! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up for my email list for updates!

Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries | www.alldayieat.com

 

Here is a short video of me throwing it all together-

In case you missed them, here are some of my other farro recipes!

 

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Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries | www.alldayieat.com
Course Main Dish, side
Cuisine New American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
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Course Main Dish, side
Cuisine New American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries | www.alldayieat.com
Instructions
  1. Cook farro according to package directions. Meanwhile, make the dressing.
  2. Whisk balsamic, Dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.
  3. Once farro is ready, drain excess water and toss with 3/4 of the dressing and taste. If it needs more, add to taste.
  4. Add cherries, parsley and goat cheese and serve!
 

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3 thoughts on “Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries

  • November 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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    Meatless Monday?!?! No way! Well, if I had to, this salad wouldn’t be a bad option. I mean you’re making farro look pretty darn tasty those dried cherries!!!!

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    • November 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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      haha Danielle you made me laugh out loud!! i love meat too, but sometimes i like going meat free!!

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