Farro, Bean, and Roasted Vegetable Salad

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If you have never tried farro, this is a great way to start. Farro gives this salad a wonderful texture. You can, however, use another grain you may have on hand such as brown rice, barley, or bulgur. This recipe uses roasted carrots and zucchini. However, you can use any roasted vegetable or even leftover roasted vegetables. It makes a beautiful dish for a buffet or to take to a shared meal.

Tip: Cook the farro to yield about 4 cups cooked. This is about 1½ cups of dry farro. Try cooking the farro using the pasta method. Rinse uncooked farro and add to a large pot. Add water to cover the farro plus about 3 or 4 inches. This is more water than the faro will absorb. Cook for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until tender. Then drain as you would pasta. 

Serves: 8
Serving size: 1/8 of recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes


Roasted Vegetables

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 2 small or 1 large zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 12 teaspoon pepper

Farro Salad

  • 4 cups cooked farro (see above for cooking method)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large carrots, shredded (about 1 ½ cups) 
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans (or another white bean), drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup prunes, cut into small strips (about 8 prunes) 
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Slice carrots and zucchini on a diagonal into 1/4-inch slices. 
  3. Place on a sheet pan. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Roast for 45 minutes, tossing halfway through. 
  5. Cook farro according to package directions to yield 4 cups of cooked grain.
  6. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the carrots and celery when the oil is hot and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add a few tablespoons of water if needed. 
  7. Add salt and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  8. Add the cooked faro, beans, prunes, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the pan. Stir to combine and heat through. 
  9. Place the faro mixture in a large bowl or mound onto a platter.
  10. Top with roasted vegetables and serve. 

Nutrition Information per Serving

  • Calories – 173
  • Protein – 4 grams
  • Total Fat – 6 grams
  • Carbohydrates – 29 grams
  • Total Sugars – 9 grams
    • Added Sugars – 0 grams

2 thoughts on “Farro, Bean, and Roasted Vegetable Salad

  1. This recipe makes absolutely no sense. Is it a cold salad, roasted vegetables, or pan-fried vegetables or some type of combination of the three? Are they trying to list two or three recipes within one recipe with options? Someone – please edit this to make sense. It sounds good if I knew which direction to take when making it!

    1. Hi Adam, thanks for reaching out with these questions. This is intended to be served as a warm salad and combines two cooking methods of roasting and sautéing. Though the cold leftovers are also nice! You could certainly skip the roasting or the sautéing and see if the tenderness and depth of flavor for the vegetables are to your preferred taste preferences. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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