Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad


Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

I’ve been on a roll in the kitchen this last week when it comes to making dishes for Thanksgiving. This yummy farro, cranberry and goat cheese salad is just one of the recent successes. It has nutty farro, tart cranberries and creamy goat cheese. Then it is all tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. All of these ingredients make this a hearty, healthy, flavorful salad that is a must have addition to your Thanksgiving table.

When I bought a huge bag of Farro at Costco last week I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. I took to Facebook to ask for recommendations and I got some good suggestions and I also got a lot of people saying that they bought the same bag and didn’t have a clue what to do with it.Well bugger. I knew there had to be recipes out there just begging to be created.

For those that don’t know, farro is a grain popular in rustic Italian cooking. It has a nutty flavor and works well as a substitute for rice or pasta.  So really, if you have some, you can do just about anything with it. Make a risotto with it. Serve it underneath some chicken curry or a hot pasta sauce. For this recipe, I chose to make a salad. And now, seeing how versatile it actually is, I am excited to see what else I can do with it.


The Recipe

  • Serves 6
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  • 2 cups pearled farro
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 8 ounces goat cheese crumbles


  1. Cook farro according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  2. While farro is cooking, whisk balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic powder and rosemary together in a bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Allow to sit at room temperature.
  3. Once farro has cooled, toss with cranberries, parsley and goat cheese.
  4. When you are ready to serve the salad, pour dressing over the top. Toss well. Serve at room temperature.

Note: You can make this salad ahead of time and refrigerate it but just allow it to come to room temperature before serving.


  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    This is so wonderful. I must get to Whole Foods, the only place I can get farro. We use dried cranberries often in our house and are both fond of goat cheese. I’m thinking that gorgonzola might be good, especially given that I happen to have some in the fridge.

  • http://www.kalynskitchen.com Kalyn

    So Jealous; wish my Costco would carry farro! The salad looks fantastic!

  • http://thespicedlife.com/ Laura

    I love farro! Pinning now!

  • http://lovelylittlekitchen.com Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen

    I just recently discovered farro. So good! Can’t wait to try this recipe soon.

  • http://www.everydayfoodieblog.com Karen

    This sounds great! If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they also have been carrying Farro lately, but I’ll have to look for it in bulk now that I know Costco has it :)

  • Lisa

    Can’t wait to make this! Is that 2 cups of cooked farro or uncooked? Thx:)

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com/ Deseree

    Hi Lisa! That is 2 cups uncooked farro. I hope you enjoy this!

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  • Theresa

    This was absolutely delicious! I loved the combination of the dressing with the craisins and goat cheese. We omitted the parsley and rosemary (we didn’t have any in the house), but added roasted pumpkin seeds for a crunch and nutritional boost. Your recipe is fantastic. Pinned! Thank you.

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com/ Deseree

    I love the addition of the pumpkin seeds! Thanks for the pin! :)

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