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Farro Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Cranberries


Here is a tasty Farro Salad made with apples, walnuts and sautéed leeks with a sweet and tart orange and walnut oil dressing. This is great served warm or at room temperature, so it makes a great recipe for entertaining.



3 cups water

1 ½ cup pearled farro* See Ingredient Note

1 ¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon Walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 large leek, white and light green parts only, sliced and cleaned

Zest from 1 orange

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey (or agave or maple syrup to make it vegan)

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

2 large apples, diced

¾ cup finely chopped celery stalks (preferably with leaves)

½ cup toasted chopped walnuts

1/3 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries


  1. Bring 3 cups water, farro and ½ teaspoon salt to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the farro is tender, about 30 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Swirl 1 tablespoon oil in a large unheated skillet. Add leek and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until the leeks are tender and just starting to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk orange zest, orange juice, cider vinegar honey, pepper, the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt and the remaining ¼ cup oil in a large bowl. Add the cooked farro and leeks and stir to coat.
  4. Add in apples, celery, walnuts, cranberries (or cherries) and Stir to combine. Serve warm, or chill up to 12 hours before serving.


Ingredient Note* Farro can be sold with the hull as whole farro or pearled (or semi-pearled), so you’ll want to make sure to check your packaging or the labels on the bulk bins for cooking instructions. For this Farro Salad I used pearled farro, and it cooks in 30 minutes. If you have whole farro, make note that you’ll have to soak it overnight.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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