Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Farro Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad is an easy salad recipe that is perfect for serving as a Thanksgiving side dish. It’s a must for your holiday table! 

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.

Cranberry Farro Salad is an easy salad recipe that is perfect for serving as a Thanksgiving side dish.

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, as well as 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.

Cranberry Farro Salad is an easy salad recipe that is perfect for serving as a Thanksgiving side dish. It's a must for your holiday table!

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.

Farro cranberry and goat cheese salad is an easy salad recipe that is perfect for serving as a Thanksgiving side dish. It's a must for your holiday table!

Not only is this salad a great addition to your holiday table, but it is also great the next day for lunches!

I hope you love this Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad recipe as much as we do! See how to easy it is to make this Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad Below.

Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 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



Cook farro according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a bowl to cool.


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.


Once farro has cooled, toss with cranberries, parsley and goat cheese.


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.


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    March 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    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.

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      March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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

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    November 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

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

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      November 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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

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    September 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    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 :)

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    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen
    September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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

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    November 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I love farro! Pinning now!

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    November 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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

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    November 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    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.

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