Farro + Kale Salad

Best farro salad recipeA few weeks ago Elsie and I got to travel to LA for a little work and a little fun. 🙂 Los Angeles is one of my very favorite cities to visit. I love the weather, the shopping and all the delicious (and healthy) food! While we were there, I ate a really fantastic farro salad from Tender Greens. So of course I had to try and make something similar that I can enjoy at home here in the midwest.Farro and kale saladThis would make an excellent side dish (like paired with pecan tilapia), or it makes a fantastic lunch. This salad is super filling, flavorful and delicious! It could travel well to the office or to take to a picnic pot luck with friends. Try it. Do it. You know you want to. 🙂How to cook farroFarro + Kale Salad, makes 6 servings

2 cups uncooked farro
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
salt to taste

First cook the farro by boiling in salted water (2:1 ratio) for about 20 minutes until tender. Then drain and rinse in cold water (to quickly cool it down). Set aside.Tender Greens farro salad recipeChop up the kale into very small pieces. Massage with half the oil (1/8 cup) so that it begins to soften. Chop up the cucumber into very small pieces as well. In a large bowl combine the farro, kale, cucumber, sunflower seeds and cranberries. Drizzle on the remaining olive oil and toss to coat. In a small bowl or glass combine the balsamic vinegar and honey, whisk to combine. Drizzle over the salad and toss to coat. Taste the salad and season with salt as needed.Farro cranberry and kale saladEnjoy! xo. Emma

  • This looks simple yet really delicious! I will definitely be trying this recipe out as I’m always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate kale into my diet! Thanks so much!

  • Yum! Definitely want to try this out..



  • ide love to know some nutritional information about faro! can u buy it at any grocery store?

  • I made this recipe with a few substitutions: quinoa for farro (Dillon’s, our local grocery store, didn’t have farro and I had quinoa on hand) and almonds instead of sunflower seeds (again I fail at shopping at Dillon’s – I could only find salted sunflower seeds!) – and it turned out so good! 🙂

    Emma, did you purchase your farro from one of the local “health food” stores?

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • looks healthy! need to try smth similar


  • This will be fun to try!! I adore kale (especially raw with lemon and feta!) but I haven’t really had much farro.

    -Emma from little motley (international giveaway!)

  • I’ve never tried it, but must say this salad looks so delicious and fresh! Perfect for a hot summer day!

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  • This looks good and interesting, I’ve never tried or really heard of farro more than twice, and this is the second time, so now I am curious. I would love to try this!

  • Yum, the restaurant at work has a similar dish as part of our salad bar, but without my beloved kale. I can’t wait to try this at home! I’m pretty obsessed with kale.

  • I am not very sure about this meal… really taste good?
    It reminds me to newly harvested wheat i used to see in my uncle´s house when i was a child

  • Looks really good and healthy. I like it. Have a nice day


  • It looks delicious !
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  • Very simple ! but we love it!
    Thank you, we love your blog !


  • This looks absolutely delicious! I made a kale salad with pasta this evening.

  • healthy and delicious looking! a must try have been getting super excited about kale recently! thanks so much for sharing this. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • totally making this tonight! looks way delicious!


  • Mmmm, yum. Not sure that I can get the ingredients in my tiny town – but I can always order them online. This recipe looks fantastic and is definitely worthy of an online grocery order! Pinning now!

  • This looks so fresh and delish! That heart measuring cup is adorable!!


  • Ooh, yum! I am always looking for new kale recipes, and with cranberries?! Perfection 🙂 Can’t wait to try this one out!

  • That looks soooo good! I don’t cook so I will probably just copy this down and hand it to my boyfriend without saying a word. He will get it! 😉

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it!
    I am such a foodie!
    ps I loooooove LA! It a pretty contagious love!

  • This looks amazing. And I love the photos!


  • I love kale, I was just watching a Jamie Oliver tutorial on a kale salad and it inspired me to give it a try in a warm salad. Love the further inspiration.Rx


  • I hope you got a chance to visit Santa Monica while you were in LA! And this looks fantastic; I know how I’m going to spend my summer, and that will be making this and your Lemonhead cookies.

  • healthy and yummi, thanks for sharing girls !

    XX Luba


  • This looks so tasty!

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  • Yummy ! or as we say in France : Miam !

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  • i’m obsessed with farro salad! i made one last week that i can’t get enough of: http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/05/farro-salad.html

  • yum, this looks absolutely delicious!
    i love kale 🙂

  • This looks delicious!


  • yum! tender greens is the best – one of my favorite places to eat!

  • Oh that looks so healthy and delicious!

    Juliette Laura

  • Yum! I love kale in salad, so this would be awesome. I’m tempted to just go order it since I live so close to Tender Greens…:)

    I thought those were mushrooms instead of cranberries, which sounds delicious too!

  • THis farro salad sounds delicious.. I cannot wait to make it.. All the right ingredients to make it sweet and still healthy.

  • oh my, this sounds delicious! i’ve been wanting to try farro, think it’s time i do!

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