Farro Salad with Goat Cheese and Parsley Vinaigrette (and This Weeks Eats 6.8.14)

I really loved having the goat cheese on our spinach salad the other week and I thought I'd use some of the leftovers for lunch.  Since I had some of the awesome Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro in the pantry, I thought I'd use that instead of greens.  Plus, grain salads are much easier to prep ahead of time for an easy and quick meal.  It's been awhile since I pulled together a recipe, hope you enjoy!

Farro Salad with Goat Cheese and Parsley Vinaigrette

For the salad:
  • 3/4 cup of Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro, cook according to package directions and cool
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup of diced apple (I like pink lady or granny smith for this)
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries (or raisins, or diced dried apricots, or a mixture of all three)
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • good pinch of kosher salt, and pepper to taste
For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
Place farro in a bowl and add remaining salad ingredients.  Dress salad and toss to coat.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  I find that it's even better after a day in the fridge, and adding rotisserie chicken is also tasty.  I really enjoy the nutty taste of farro, but it would work with quinoa, wheatberry, or even brown rice.

This week we're trying to keep things easy because we've constantly got our eye on the new pug!!!  

Although, he's making it pretty easy so far...  We've had no accidents in his first 24 hours at home.  He's done all his bizness outside.  And he curled up in his crate last night for sleepytime without complaint!  I may continue to assault my Instagram account with pictures.  As the kids say: #sorrynotsorry.

As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie, Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers - be sure to check out all the great weekly menus!


  1. This looks sooo yummy! I will have to try it out sometime! I love goat cheese. And your pug is so cute!!

  2. That recipe looks delicious! I'm definitely going to try that - pinned :)

  3. I can't wait to see Fault In Our Stars! Off to check out Nancy's Salad. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Trader Joes has ten minute farro? How did I not know that! And goat cheese is the best with salads- yum!

  5. Oh that farro salad looks easy and delicious! And keep those pug puppy pictures coming…you can NEVER have too many! I will need to squeeze him in the near future!

  6. Found you by following Sunday Meal Plan link-up!

    Your salad looks out of this world!! Yummy!!

    Also, your pug puppy is AH-dorable!! I want a pug more than anything, but we can't have dogs in our apartment, so I will live vicariously through you and your adorable pup. :-)