Cherry Arugula Farro Salad

By Maria Lichty

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Cherry Arugula Farro Salad- arugula with fresh cherries, farro, goat cheese, pecans, red onion, fresh herbs, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This hearty and delicious salad is perfect for the summer months!

cherry arugula farro salad on platter with goat cheese, red onion, pecans, and mint.

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Cherry season is a GOOD season, nothing beats fresh, juicy summer cherries. I love snacking on them and I also love using them to make this Cherry Arugula Farro Salad. The flavors are FANTASTIC!

I love this salad because it is packed with goodies. The peppery arugula gets tossed with nutty farro, sweet cherries, crunchy pecans, creamy goat cheese, fresh mint or basil, a little red onion, and a robust balsamic vinaigrette. All of the flavors and textures come together to create an amazing summer salad!

The salad can be served as a side dish or even main dish. If you want to bulk it up even more, feel free to add grilled chicken or steak.

It is a beautiful salad to serve and a delicious salad to eat!

ingredients to make cherry arugula farro salad in bowls.

Ingredients

  • Farro– farro is a hearty grain and really bulks up this salad. If you don’t want to use farro, quinoa, orzo, or couscous are good options.
  • Arugula– or use your favorite salad greens.
  • Cherries– to make your life easier, use a cherry pitter. If you can’t find fresh cherries, you can substitute dried cherries or another fresh fruit like strawberries, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, or a mix of fruit!
  • Goat cheese– if you don’t like goat cheese, you can use feta cheese.
  • Red onion– thinly sliced.
  • Pecans– you can use regular pecans or candied pecans. Walnuts, almonds, or pistachios would also be good.
  • Herbs– freshly chopped mint or basil.
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette– I like to use my homemade balsamic vinaigrette, it’s the best, but store bought dressing is fine too.
fresh cherries in strainer with farro and pecans in bowl.

How to Cook Farro

Farro is an ancient whole grain and is easy to make. It’s prepared a lot like pasta, by cooking it in hot water until it softens, but it’s smaller in size than traditional pastas.

I like to use pearled farro because it only takes 20 minutes to cook! You can make the farro in advance and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To cook farro:

  • Rinse and drain the farro.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of pearled farro with 2 cups of water. You can also use vegetable broth to give the farro more flavor.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low and simmer.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the farro is tender.
  • Drain the water or broth from the farro and return the farro to the pan, it’s that easy!
cherry arugula salad on platter.

How to Make Cherry Arugula Farro Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine the farro, arugula, cherries, goat cheese, red onion, pecans, and herbs.
  • Drizzle with desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Toss well and serve.
balsamic vinaigrette being poured over cherry arugula farro salad.

How to Store

After you toss the salad with dressing I recommend serving it the same day. This is a great meal prep salad though because you can make the farro and balsamic vinaigrette in advance.

Store the farro in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can keep the dressing in a jar or container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Whisk before drizzling over the salad.

Serving Suggetions

If you are serving the salad as a side dish, here are some main dish recipes that pair nicely with the salad.

cherry arugula farro salad being tossed with wooden salad servers.

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Cherry Arugula Farro Salad

Cherry Arugula Farro Salad- arugula with fresh cherries, farro, goat cheese, pecans, red onion, fresh herbs, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This fresh and hearty salad is perfect for the summer months!
4.88 from 8 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked Farro
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint or basil
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the farro, arugula, cherries, goat cheese, red onion, pecans, and herbs. Drizzle with desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette. Toss well. Serve immediately.

Notes

I use pearled barley. Trader Joe’s also has a quick cooking barley that is great! Quinoa, orzo, or couscous will also work! 
You can cook the farro in advance and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also make the dressing in advance and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 78mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 786IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 2mg
Keywords arugula, cherry, farro

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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