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A simple & delicious recipe for Farro Tabbouleh Salad, made with finely chopped vegetables, fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil. Vegan!
On the menu this week… Farro Tabbouleh Salad! A simple make-ahead salad that keeps for days -perfect for weekday lunches, meals on-the-go or large gatherings.
This hearty vegan salad is made with fresh summer ingredients- vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and fresh herbs, then simply dressed with lemon, sea salt and olive oil– one of my all-time favorites for sure!
Nutty, toothsome farro is a delicious alternative to cracked wheat and gives the salad a bit of heft. It really doesn’t take much to feel full. For added protein, add chickpeas or crumbled feta. Kalamata olives are a nice touch too.
We are back home after spending a week at the lake without phones, computers or cell service. Truly a godsend. It’s clear to me how much we need this downtime and how rarely this happens anymore. Even in the remotest places in Asia, there was always wi-fi. But for one glorious week, my phone simply would not work.
Time slowed. The mental activity that usually pervades my mind, quieted. And for a time, it felt as if I was resting in this stillness, totally immersed in the natural world in front of me. Such a gift.
But how to remain in this stillness, here in the hustle-bustle of everyday life?
My friend MaryAnn recently shared with me that instead doing a formal meditation practice, she pauses throughout day, whether she’s washing dishes, running errands, weeding, folding laundry or cooking – to just be present with herself. I love this. So simple really. A good reminder that stillness is not found in our surroundings or environment, but that it’s always here inside of us, no matter where we are. We just have to remember…
I love the simple clean flavors of this Farro Tabbouleh ( also called Tabouli) and how energized I feel after eating this.
Hearty and filling, yet light and refreshing. All the things I crave in a summer salad! You really can’t go wrong with fresh herbs and lemon!
Make this when tomatoes are at their peak and the salad will come alive.
Italian parsley is my favorite here along with mint, but feel free to add basil or even cilantro!
If farro is not available in your area (here it’s often found in the bulk section of our grocery stores) you can always substitute other whole grains like wheat berries or rye berries, quinoa, or of course cracked wheat ( bulgur) or freekeh.
Make this tonight and have it the rest of the week for lunch- you will loooooooove yourself for it!
More recipes you may like:
- Toasted Farro with Pear, Hazelnuts and Arugula
- Kale Farro Salad with Almonds and Pomegranate
- Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad
- Farro Salad with Beets and their Tops
- Farro Bowl with Kale & Figs
- Roasted Cauliflower Kale & Farro Salad with Turmeric Dressing
- Farro Risotto with Acorn Squash
Farro Tabbouleh Salad
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: tossed
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- Diet: Vegan
A simple & delicious recipe for Farro Tabbouleh Salad, made with finely chopped summer tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil. Vegan! This keeps well and is a great make-ahead salad for the workweek or large gatherings.
- 4 cups cooked farro ( see notes) or sub other grains (quinoa, wild rice, wheat or rye berries)
- 1 large bunch Italian parsley, chopped, tender stems OK
- 1/4 cup mint, chopped ( or basil)
- 1 english cucumber, diced
- 1 pound cherry tomatoes, cut in half (or use conventional or heirloom tomatoes, diced)
- 1/3 cup red or white onion, very finely diced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup lemon juice, more to taste ( 1 extra-large lemon)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
- optional additions: feta cheese, kalamata olives, chickpeas
Place cooked farro in large bowl along with parsley, mint ( or basil) cucumber, tomatoes and onions, and give a stir.
Drizzle with olive oil and lemon.
Add salt a little at a time, stirring and tasting. If you cooked your farro in salted water, you may need less, if not, you may need more. If adding feta, remember this add both tang and salt, while kalamatas add salt.
Get the balance between lemon and salt to your liking. Enjoy!
This is a great make-ahead salad for lunches during the workweek- it keeps well!
Cook 2 cups dry farro in a large pot of salted boiling water, like you would pasta. Add a splash of vinegar and a bay leaf for flavor. Cook until tender ( 30-40 minutes) drain and cool. Yeilds about 4 cups.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 213
- Sugar: 1.6 g
- Sodium: 28.6 mg
- Fat: 7.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 34.7 g
- Fiber: 6.5 g
- Protein: 4.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0.2 mg
Keywords: Farro tabouli, tabouli with farro
Garlic, add garlic.?
If you like Cynthia- you could add 1 clove, finely minced!
The flavors are fabulous! I toast the farro at 350 on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before adding it to the boiling water. After draining, I spread on same parchment lined cookie sheet to cool. I find spreading it out prevents it from sticking together and getting gummy.
What a great tip Ann!
So fresh, refreshing, healthy and delicious!! Thank you so much.
So glad you enjoyed Kim!
I made this salad earlier in the week for myself and my husband to enjoy for mid-week lunches. We both love the flavor and how nutritious it is!
Glad yo enjoyed it!
Glad you enjoyed it!
I’m so glad I found your vegan salad recipes. This salad was simple to make and full of flavor. My son was having a ribs and chicken wing party. One of his friends girlfriend is vegan and I wanted something nice for her to eat. Turns out even the boys loved it!
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Awwwww, thanks Lynn, Im so glad you are enjoying the recipes. Appreciate your kind words!
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Thank you again.