Mediterranean Farro Salad is a mound of satisfying deliciousness. It’s a combination of wilted garlic Swiss chard, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, farro, tossed in a light dressing.

Mediterranean Farro Salad by Diverse Dinners

If it isn’t already, Farro should be on your shopping list. Farro is a grain, very high in protein and has more fiber than rice and quinoa. It also has properties that can help lower cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. If you suffer from a chronic disease that affects the immune system, it is worth including farro to your diet. Moreover, a strong immune system keeps colds and infections at bay.

Mediterranean Farro Salad is a combination of ingredients with a variety of textures, which means it promotes slow steady eating, You will find that it will satiate your hunger in no time.

Mediterranean Farro Salad by Diverse Dinners

I had some of my Mediterranean Farro Salad with a large pork chop. It was an extremely hearty meal, but I got through it. It was indeed very satisfying.

You can serve this dish with almost anything. It’s great as a side dish, as part of a buffet. If you have kids who enjoy healthy eating, this one should go down a treat. However, kids who are averse to a pile of veggies and grains can be fooled, just add some chunks of meat, they should go for it.

I used easy cook farro, I believe it’s referred to as pearled farro. I bought a small packet from WholeFoods. It cooks in 10 minutes. There are other types of farro, whole and semi-pearled and both varieties require soaking. If you’re new to farro, I suggest you read the cooking instructions before you buy.

This Mediterranean Farro Salad serves four, so if there’s two of you, you’ll have leftovers for lunch. This dish makes for a great lunch, and is still tasty a day later.

Nutrition

Calories

204 cal

Fat

18 g

Carbs

12 g

Protein

1 g
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Serves 4

Mediterranean Farro Salad

30 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked farro
  • Bunch Swiss chard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup carrots (julienned fine)
  • 1 cup cucumber (julienned fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Large saute pan
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  1. Cook farro as directed on the packaging.
  2. Rinse Swiss chard, trim away any bruised parts, then slice into 1 inch strips, you should include the stems too.
  3. Heat oil in saute pan, then add garlic, saute for a few seconds then add the stems of the Swiss chard.
  4. Cook Swiss chard stems for approx. one minute before adding the leaves.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and cook Swiss chard until wilted, then remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Tip 4 cups of cooked farro into a large bowl.
  7. Add carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and olives and toss to mix thoroughly.
  8. When you are ready to serve drizzle with a little salad dressing.
  9. Salad Dressing
  10. Whisk together salad dressing ingredients then drizzle over salad.
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