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Greek Farro Salad (also called Mediterranean Farro Salad) makes a great side dish, but is hearty enough to be a meal on its own - a mouthwatering combination of nutty farro, sweet tomato, crisp cucumber, briny olives and salty capers, creamy feta cheese, crunchy red bell pepper and subtle shallot heat, all dressed simply with good olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic and a generous sprinkle of dried oregano (or Greek Salad Dressing).
One of the things I love best about this salad is that, once I have the cooked farro in the refrigerator along with the other ingredients, I can throw this beauty together in just a few minutes.
Farro (particularly the whole grain variety instead of pearled farro) adds a wonderful nutty flavor and chewy texture to salads. (See this in-depth post on how to cook farro for perfect farro every time.) Excellent cold or at room temperature, it makes the perfect easy lunch or weeknight dinner and is always a hit at picnics and potlucks.
- Use halved cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes in place of plum tomatoes.
- Toss in a handful of baby arugula or raw or grilled zucchini for added flavor depth.
- Instead of lemon juice, use red wine vinegar for a simple vinaigrette.
- Swap in goat cheese or parmesan for feta.
- Add heft with grilled chicken or a cup or more of chickpeas.
- For a gluten free version, try my Greek Quinoa Salad instead.
- Want to make it vegan? Skip the feta cheese.
This time of year, I honestly can't get enough salad. And there are so many amazing salads to be had, to name just a few: Greek Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad, Greek Potato Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Italian Pasta Salad, Curry Chicken Salad, Tabouli Salad, Carne Asada Steak Salad, this whole collection of farro salads and SO MANY MORE.
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Try this once and you'll be making it all summer long, I promise.
How to Make Greek Farro Salad
Step 1: To cooked farro add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; stir to combine.
Step 2: To farro mixture add tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, shallot, olives, capers and dried oregano. Add feta and gently toss to combine. Serve.
Greek Farro Salad Recipe Video
Greek Farro Salad
- 3 cups cooked farro cooled (about 1 cup dry)
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or more
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
- 1 small clove garlic minced
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 4 medium plum tomatoes diced
- 2 medium cucumbers diced (peeled if necessary)
- 1 small red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 medium shallot thinly sliced and separated into rings, or thinly sliced red onion
- 24 pitted kalamata olives halved (or pitted Greek olive mix)
- 1 tablespoon capers rinsed and drained
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 6 ounces feta cheese finely diced or crumbled
- chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional
- To a large bowl add farro, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add next 8 ingredients (tomatoes through feta); gently toss to combine. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve.
- Note that preparation time does not include cooking farro or allowing it to cool.
- For a slightly simpler version of this salad, drizzle and toss it with Greek Salad Dressing instead.
How large is a serving size? I'm sorry if it's listed somewhere, but i can't find it.
Hi Nicole! Depending on the volume of your vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, etc.) you'll end up with 1 1/2 to 2 cups per serving (6 servings).
Thank you! Made this yesterday and it's wonderful!
I so wish this was going to be my dinner. It's really beautiful and I can only imagine how incredibly tasty it is! Just lovely.
Thank you very much, Valentina!
David @ Spiced says
I totally hear ya about salads during the summer! We were just commenting today that we want to get some lettuce at the store this weekend to make salads next week...maybe we'll switch it up and do farro salads instead! I love Greek flavors in salads, so I know this would be a huge hit around here. Perfect for summer!!
Yay! I'd love that, David! I really think you and Laura would enjoy this! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
We made the farro salad last night for dinner and it was a wonderful summer dish!
Definitely will be making this again.
Marissa you ask what wine we enjoyed with your dish.
A lovely Bandol Rosé 🙂
I'm so glad you enjoyed the salad, Tom! And I always LOVE your wine recommendations - now I'll be on the lookout for that Rosé!!
I love everything about this salad! One of my favorite combinations of ingredients! 🙂
I thought you might be a fellow farro lover, Annie! 😉 xoxo
Oh I like twists on old classic recipes, and Greek salad is no exception. But I cannot say I've tried many variations (except with pasta and orzo...which is pasta too). Love the addition of farro - it makes such a beautiful addition!
Thanks so much, Ben! Next time you're in the mood for a hearty salad, I hope you give this a try!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
I absolutely love Greek salads and I happen to love farro too! Naturally I'm thinking this flavor packed beauty has my name written ALL over it! This is just perfect to bring to BBQ's or on picnics too! Cheers, dear!
woohoo, win win! Thank you so much, Cheyanne!!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Farro is one of my favorite grains Marissa! It's so nice and hearty! I can't wait to try your recipe!
I hope you love it, Mary Ann! Thanks so much!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Nice salad. I've got a big bag of farro sitting in my pantry just waiting to be used.
Hooray for perfect timing! Thank you, Karen!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
We love farro here! It gives salads such a nice crunch. We are headed into soup weather but I always dream of salad 😀
haha, me too, no matter the time of year!
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
Greek salad is my very favorite kind of salad. I love that you used farro! I could eat an entire batch of this myself 🙂
So good right!? Thanks, Kelsie!
Kevin O'Leary says
Love the colors and flavors!
Thank you, Kevin!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
I love farro!! I also love big hearty salads like this that i can eat as a meal! This looks soooo good Marissa. Perfect for summer!!
I agree - it's the kind of thing we eat all summer long! Thank you, my friend!