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Farro salad with peas and feta on a white plate.
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Farro Salad with Peas and Feta

This delicious Farro salad has peas, arugula, feta, and a juicy lemon dressing. It's light, fresh, and ready in 30 minutes or less! 
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 391kcal

Ingredients

For the lemon dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups farro semi-pearled or pearled (see note 1)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 3 cups arugula (about 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese for serving

Instructions

To make the lemon dressing:

  • In a large serving bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Set aside.

To make the salad:

  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add farro and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add water and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon) and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until farro is tender, about 15-18 minutes. Drain through a fine-mesh sieve, then spread farro out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet to cool to room temperature.
  • To the serving bowl with the dressing, add cooled farro, peas, arugula, dill, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Toss to combine and sprinkle with feta.

Notes

  1. Farro: Look for semi-pearled or pearled farro (not whole farro). These types have some or most of the grain removed and the quickest cooking time.
  2. Make ahead: Cook and chill the farro and prep the dressing. Store the ingredients in the refrigerator separately until ready to serve. Then toss everything together when you need it.
  3. Other grains: Try pearled barley, wheat berries, or spelt berries (cooking times may vary so read the package).
  4. Gluten-free: Farro is a type of wheat, so it's not GF. Try sorghum or brown rice.
  5. Walnuts: For a delicious crunchy topping, add some toasted walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg