I was visiting some friends at Intelligentsia (super cool coffee shop) a few weeks ago and I decided to stay and work through lunch after they left. There was a farro salad on the menu which sounded amazing.

I normally don’t order grain salads when I’m out, but the Warm Farro & Artichoke Salad on their menu sounded too good. As luck would have it they were out, so I had the pear salad (also delicious) but I couldn’t get the Farro & Artichoke Salad out of my mind. And when that happens, I usually find myself needing to make it the following day.

You may be wondering – what is farro? It was certainly my first time cooking with farro and I’m not even so sure that I had ever eaten it before! Farro is a whole grain that is similar to barley. It has a nice chew to it – like al dente pasta – and is related to wheat. Nutritionally speaking, farro has 100 cal, 27 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber, 4 g protein per 1/2 cup cooked. More fiber than quinoa and almost as much protein!

This warm grain salad, with marinated artichokes, shallots, leeks and parmesan was just the salad I was craving. And it was really good. Really good! I packed it in Richie’s lunch (yes, I pack his lunch), I ate it for lunch, I ate it for brunch with wilted arugula and a fried egg on top (amazing!) and we ate it alongside vegetables for dinner.



Warm Farro & Artichoke Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min


Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups artichokes, roughly chopped (I used marinated artichokes)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley for garnish


Bring farro and water to a boil.

Lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 30-40 min, until tender and all water has been absorbed.

Heat oil in pan.

Add shallots and leeks, sauteing for about 3 minutes.

Add artichokes and cook for another 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Whisk together juice of lemon, olive oil and salt & pepper.

Toss farro, artichoke mixture and dressing together.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Powered by Recipage

15 Comments (Reply )

  1. stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Farro has been on my “to-try” list now for a while, I really need to get on that! This salad idea sounds wonderful with the artichokes and fresh lemon, what a great spring recipe idea!


    • Emily
      Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      I know, I don’t know what took me so long to try it!


  2. Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I love farro! I can’t wait to try this!!


  3. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    This really does sound incredible- I would have been bummed out that they were out of it at the coffee shop, too! :) I don’t think I’ve cooked with farro, either and I’m not sure why. It can’t be TOO difficult to find nowadays, right?


    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Apr 09, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

      No, it shouldn’t be but they don’t have it at Trader Joe’s. :( I just picked some up from the bulk section of Whole Foods.


  4. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I loved farro the first time I cooked with it – I definitely need to make this! :)


  5. Marge @ A Sweet and Savory Life
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    I saw this on Healthy Aperture and it combined two of my favorites: artichokes and farro. Looking forward to trying it– thank you!


  6. Jamie Walker
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    Oh man, that looks amazingly good! YUM!!


  7. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Sounds great! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for farro…hopefully they’ll have it at Woodman’s since I don’t have any cool stores like Whole Foods around me.


  8. amy @ fearless homemaker
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    oh wow, this sounds so great! i bet it was awesome with the fried egg for breakfast. yum!


  9. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    These flavors sound so perfect! I don’t think I have ever had farro, but have wanted to try it! So cute that you pack Richie’s lunch! You are such a good wife!


  10. Loveforfood
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    I am drooling over here! YUM!


  11. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I love farro and this warm salad ooks awesome! On my list to make soon for sure!


 Leave a Reply

  • Recipes