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Quinoa Farro Salad

June 24, 2017 (Last Updated: February 18, 2019)

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Quinoa and Farro blended with a lime vinaigrette makes a perfect summer salad.

Plate of quinoa farro salad.


I’ve decided it’s time to share a delicious and healthy recipe with you. Lately I’ve been a bit indulgent….Beer Basted BBQ Chicken, Lemon Cupcakes, Confetti Cupcakes…  I guess I have had a few healthy ones to balance things out. The Blueberry Lemon Popsicles are super healthy. I just don’t want you thinking all I do is eat sweets and butter laden foods!

This Quinoa and Farro salad is full of flavor and you won’t have any guilt after you’ve eaten a double helping!

Quinoa Farro Salad

This is a perfect dish to take to a summer potluck.  It can sit out on the buffet table and you don’t have to worry about anything spoiling. No mayo, no meat, no dairy.

It’s also a perfect dish because it is vegan, vegetarian and gluten free! It’s pretty  much a dish for everyone!  Whoot Whoot!!!!  I told you this is a winner! Oh wait….maybe I didn’t say that! But trust me! This dish is a winner!

Quinoa Farro Salad

The star of this salad is the quinoa and farro, but I also added lentils. I had some on hand and decided to throw them in. They made a nice addition, but are totally optional. You could also add brown rice!

The grains do take a bit of time to cook, but you can cook them ahead of time or even make extra if you are preparing them for another dish.  Here are some directions on how to cook quinoa and how to cook black beans

Quinoa Farro Salad on a plate for lunch.

In addition to today’s recipe, you may have noticed some BIG changes to the look of Beyond the Chicken Coop! I’ve given it an update….or maybe a face lift is a better description! I still have a few changes to make, but I was so excited to get the changes out to you that I just couldn’t wait any longer. One of my favorite changes is the recipe index! Check it out!

Let me know what you think of the changes! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!

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5 from 7 votes
Quinoa Farro Salad
Qunioa Farro Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Whole grain salad with black beans and sweet red peppers. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: farro salad, quinoa and farro salad, quinoa salad
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 322 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Farro
  • 1/2 Cup Lentils
  • 1 Can Black Beans Rinsed
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 zest of lime
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 juice of lime or lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Cook the Grains
  1. Rinse the quinoa well and drain. Place in a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let cool slightly and spread out onto a plate to finish cooling. 

  2. Rinse the farro and drain.  Place farro in a pot with enough liquid to cover. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until soft, but still has a bit of a bite. Drain and spread farro on a plate to cool.

  3. Rinse lentils and drain. Place lentils in a pot with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are soft but still has a bit of a bite. Drain and spread lentils on a plate to cool. 

  1. In a blender combine olive oil, vinegar, zest, juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and honey. Blend until well mixed.

Assemble the Salad
  1. In a large bowl, place quinoa, farro, lentils and black beans, pepper and onion.  Pour vinaigrette over ingredients. Stir gently to coat.

  2. Add fresh chives and cilantro. Stir gently.

  3. Just before serving squeeze fresh lime juice or fresh lemon juice over salad. (optional) 

Recipe Notes

Can precook grains and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Lentils can be substituted for brown rice.

Salad can be eaten at room temperature or covered and refrigerated and served chilled. 


Nutrition Facts
Qunioa Farro Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 7.1mg9%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad BeyondtheChickenCoop.comMediterranean Couscous Salad

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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 3, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Love the changes to the site here, Kathy! Nice and clean…just the way I like a blog to be! 🙂 But let’s talk about this salad. It sounds perfect for a healthy summer side dish. As we just back from vacation, we are definitely on full-out detox mode here now. (I think I gained about 7 pounds in 10 days…oops. But it was just so good!) Anyways, this salad sounds like the perfect way to stay healthy without giving up on flavor. Love the addition of lime juice here!

    • Reply
      July 3, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Thanks, David! Glad you had a great vacation!

  • Reply
    peter @Feed Your Soul Too
    June 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    A perfectly, light and healthy summer side dish.

  • Reply
    June 27, 2017 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    Mmm I love farro, it’s one of my favorite things to use in salads. This looks delish!

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    June 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This looks so delicious! I wish I had a big bowl for lunch!! And lime vinegarette is my favorite!! It freshens and livens everything up. So good 🙂 .

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    June 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    I love lime juice in salads like this– so refreshing! Looks incredible.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    June 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    Your new design looks fantastic Kathy and this is the perfect BBQ/cookout recipe. I’ll have to try it for the holiday!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    June 26, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Quite often I make a quinoa salad, and a farro salad. Never thought of putting them together. It looks great and you’re right, it is a perfect summer dish!

  • Reply
    June 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    Love the new design! And this salad! The lime vinaigrette sounds absolutely perfect for this rustic salad!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 26, 2017 at 6:09 am

    5 stars
    Love the new look!! I noticed it right away 🙂
    I also love this salad – can’t beat a healthy, delicious salad packed with goodness like this one. Second helping? Don’t mind if I do 😉

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 26, 2017 at 3:34 am

    What a hearty whole grain salad!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Love the changes Kathy! The recipe index is great.
    Loving this healthy salad too. Farro and quinoa are favorites of mine, but I’ve never combined them in a salad. Bet it’s nice and hearty. Can’t wait to try. I love the light dressing!

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    June 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    5 stars
    Now this is my kind of salad!! Looks SO delicious!!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    June 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I love farro SO much, and this combo with quinoa is such a great idea! Yum. 🙂

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