Farro Salad – Farro, Pomegranate, Belgium Endive Salad

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This Farro Salad has a lot going on. Which, is how it should be, in every salad. A great salad has all of the flavour elements, sweet, bitter, sour, salty and umami. (Umami is best described as a savory, meaty taste. Food examples of umami are mushrooms, soy sauce, miso, or Parmesan cheese). And this farro salad is all that. Sweet grapes, tart pomegranate, bitter endive and radicchio, salty capers, and a little splash of tamari for umami, all add up to a flavour packed, hearty, and healthy salad. And really, a meal in itself, if you choose.

Farro Salad
Farro Salad

About Farro

Add to all this delightful flavour, the textures of chewy, nutty farro, crisp grapes and crunchy radicchio. This farro salad is one of my favourite fall salads, especially since it is incredibly nutritious. This ancient grain is higher in protein than rice, and it's a good source of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, niacin, and zinc. Farro is a delicious way to get your whole grains in a salad.  I have been really loving cooking with farro for its versatilty and nutrition. If you are a fan of farro, you might also like these Farro Stuffed Peppers. Or try Farro Risotto with Winter Squash. And you can learn more about this nutritional powerhouse at The Spruce What is Farro?

About Belgium Endive

Belgium endives are a favourite veggie of mine, and one that I don't see often in recipes. They have a slightly bitter taste, that mellows beautifully when roasted, and are delicious when combined with this pomegranate and balsamic dressing. If you aren't familiar with Endive, here's more info on Genius Kitchen: Endive

About Pomegranate

And pomegranates. Just when this salad can't get any healthier, or more delicious, there's pomegranates. Pomegranates, besides being sweet, tart, pretty, and fun to eat, are extremely nutritious. These fruits pack a ton of fibre, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and potassium. And, it's pomegranate season.  Just when we can use a pop of festive colour on our tables, pomegranates make their appearance, and they are at their peak of sweetness now. I love the tart sweetness of the juice and the jewel like colour of pomegranate arils. They are wonderful in salads and so many other recipes, like this Turkey & Pomegranate Salad with Bacon (think of those turkey leftovers).

How to Make This Farro Salad

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Farro salad
Farro Salad – Farro, Pomegranate, Belgium Endive Salad
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This Farro, Pomegranate, Belgium Endive Salad is a beautiful and delicious weekday meal and also works great for a packed lunch, too.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1986 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro
  • 3 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 4 belgium endives trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 small head radicchio sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes halved
  • juice and seeds of one pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup capers drained
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse farro under cold running water
  2. Put in a pot over high heat with water or stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low
  3. Simmer about 30 minutes
  4. Drain any excess water and allow farro to cool
  5. Heat oven to 350° Line a baking sheet with parchment
  6. Toss Belgium endive with olive oil, and sprinkle with thyme leaves
  7. Roast in center of oven about 20 minutes, turning halfway through, until tender and slightly brown
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  9. Toss together farro, radicchio, grapes, pomegranate seeds, and capers
  10. In a jar, combine extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper
  11. Shake jar vigorously, pour over salad, and toss
  12. Top salad with Belgium endives and garnish with parsley
  13. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve
Nutrition Facts
Farro Salad – Farro, Pomegranate, Belgium Endive Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1986 Calories from Fat 1080
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 120g 185%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Sodium 2423mg 101%
Potassium 1500mg 43%
Total Carbohydrates 214g 71%
Dietary Fiber 40g 160%
Sugars 42g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 43.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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12 thoughts on “Farro Salad – Farro, Pomegranate, Belgium Endive Salad

  1. What a pretty dish! and tasty looking! Love the pomegranate combination with the endives! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beside the fact that this salad is so healthy, I’m saving it because it’s so beautiful, too! Lots of my favourite flavours, in one healthy bowl! Pinned.

  3. Farro intrigues me. I eat tons of grains but haven’t played with Farro yet and I see it every time I visit the Italian Store (which is often). This recipe makes me want to buy it and try it now! Looks delish!

  4. SO much to love here. First off, the pictures are spectacular – so vibrant and rich, yet seasonal. I really think you’ve done a lot to highlight the character of farro while simultaneously avoiding an overly dry/earthy wheat-y salad. But I think I might love the endive most of all – anyone who cooks with and values bitter greens is aces in my books. Awesome recipe, awesome job.

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