Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan
  • Srv: 12
  • Prep: 20 mins, plus additional 12 hrs
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Total Time: 13 hrs 15 mins
  • Cal: 223
  • By: Allrecipes.com

This farro salad with asparagus and other flavorful ingredients is a light and delicious way to get your whole grains. It's a perfect dish for picnics, baby or bridal showers, or just because!

Editor's Note:
If you can't find farro, look for spelt or wheat berries, which are available in the health food section of some markets.


  • 2 cups farro
  • ¾ pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cup red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette, or to taste
  • 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Soak farro in a large bowl of water for at least 12 hours. Drain.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, stir in drained farro and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, then cook farro uncovered, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue simmering until tender, about 30 more minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once asparagus is cold, drain well, and chop. Set aside.
  4. Place farro, asparagus, tomatoes, walnuts, cranberries, parsley, and chives in a large bowl. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over and sprinkle about 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese; toss. Top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Serve at room temperature.


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