09 February 2019

Weekend Cooking: Farro Waldorf Salad

Farro Wladorf Salad from Food NetworkHappy Saturday (or Sunday for my friends on the other side of the world). I don't know how this week got away from me. I had a heavy workload so I mainly cooked tried-and-true, no recipe required meals: pasta with meat sauce, split pea soup, chicken and rice in the slow cooker.

I didn't even have time to go through a new cookbook or read a new foodie-heavy book. But all is not lost when it comes to today's post--I'm sharing a great recipe!

If you've been following along over the years, then you know I'm always looking for good lunch ideas. Yes, we can eat leftovers from dinner, but I'm often looking for non-sandwich lunches that don't need to be heated up. My husband is often away for lunch and almost never has access to a microwave.

This week's hit recipe came as a surprise. I was looking through a digital edition of this month's Food Network Magazine, and came across the following farro salad. I immediately thought, Lunch! I thought it looked good but I wasn't expecting it to be so amazingly delicious. We both loved it.

The good news is that with Trader Joe's 10-minute farro, I was able to put this salad together in a snap. And because I used powdered (and reconstituted) buttermilk for the dressing, I wasn't stuck with a bottle of leftovers. The main thing I did differently was to use regular raisins. I thought I had golden raisins in the house, but I didn't, so just went for black ones.

The recipe says this makes enough for 4 to 6 and I think that's accurate. We each had it for lunch for three days (6 servings) and it held up beautifully. This would be nice for a potluck or a summer cookout too. (photo scanned from the magazine)

Farro Waldorf Salad
Serves 4 to 6

  • Farro Wladorf Salad from Food Network1 cup farro
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 scallion sliced [I used 3]
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill [I used 2]
  • 2 apples chopped
  • 1 cup halved seedless red grapes
  • 3 stalks celery, plus 1 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
Cook farro as the label directs, then spread on a baking sheet and let cool.

Make the dressing: whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, scallion, and dill in a large bowl.

Add the apples, grapes, celery, walnuts, raisins, and farro to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley and celery leaves.

NOTE: I'm sharing this recipe with the Souper Sunday round-up at Deb's Kahakai Kitchen -- a great place to share soup and salad and sandwich recipes.
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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 2/9/19, 6:33 AM  

I had to look up farro, but the definition still didn't tell me much about the taste. I'm trying to imagine a salad with grain and I can't quite do it.

We had a sudden cold snap arrive here Friday (we were in the backyard at noon in shorts and then the temperature dropped forty degrees by night time) so I'm busily cooking soups to keep warm.

Clarissa 2/9/19, 6:50 AM  

Farro is hearty and nutty. Lots of “chew”. You’ve probably had it and not realized. The non quick version takes about 40 min to cook (like brown rice). I usually cook it in chicken (or vegetable broth if I’m having vegetarian guests) for an extra flavor.

I love Farro salads. This is going on the list for next week!!!!!

Mae Travels 2/9/19, 7:03 AM  

Farro hasn't been on my list of things to try: will have to change that! Especially an easy Trader Joe version.

The flavors in your salad sound very good, and all the ingredients are available in winter: two important plusses! I've been substituting Kefir for buttermilk in recipes with good results. It keeps a long time, and we like it in a variety of ways.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Karen 2/9/19, 7:38 AM  

Don't you wish buttermilk came in half-pint or pint cartons? I was recently reading somewhere that kefir is a perfectly good substitute for most applications, and it keeps longer.

Karen 2/9/19, 7:39 AM  

And... I just saw that Mae beat me to it on the kefir! So now we have a consensus. :)

rhapsodyinbooks 2/9/19, 7:50 AM  

I love Farro, and how it adds a nutty crunch to stuff. Thanks for the great-looking recipe!

bermudaonion 2/9/19, 8:05 AM  

I'm always looking for something new to take to book club and this looks perfect for that. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tina 2/9/19, 8:09 AM  

Buttermilk always comes in too big a bottle. Sometimes I use regular milk & put some vinegar in it, let it sit a while. Wonderful salad, I haven’t tried farro yet but I’d like to make this salad.

jama 2/9/19, 9:28 AM  

The salad sounds delicious! I've been curious about farro and this is the perfect opportunity to try it. Thanks for sharing. :)

gluten Free A_Z Blog 2/9/19, 10:01 AM  

Now thats a filling salad. Looks delicious

Jackie McGuinness 2/9/19, 10:12 AM  

I had to google farro, but I had figured it was a grain, and I was right. We're not fans of grains or pasta cold, funny enough, having grown up during cold pasta salads.

Deb in Hawaii 2/9/19, 11:58 AM  

I love farro--so chewy and good and try to grab the TJs bags when I can. The salad looks and sounds delicious--definitely tagging it to try.

Les in Oregon 2/9/19, 2:26 PM  

I have never tried farro, but this recipe sounds delicious so I'll have to give it a try. My husband would probably like it if I added some cooked chicken, as well. Hmmm, I think maybe I can try it with quinoa, too. Thanks for the lunch idea!

Literature and Limes 2/9/19, 4:54 PM  

Farro is such a delicious, hearty grain. I love salads with grains in it. This looks delicious!

Shaheen 2/10/19, 9:27 AM  

Farro is not that easy to get in the UK, but I have been fortunate in the past with peeps in the US send me some.

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