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Mediterranean Salad with Farro, Asparagus and Tomatoes

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My friend, Ann, creator of the amazing blog Cooking Healthy for Me, was blessed with a surprise offer to travel to England this month. And I was honored when she asked me to guest post for her!  Since her blog focuses on healthy cooking, I couldn’t share my typical fare. As my friends here all know, my blog has a shortage of healthy offerings. I love sharing decadent, gooey desserts…in fact,the gooier, the better!  I actually eat healthy most of the time…but those dishes rarely need a recipe.  So I had to rack my brain, and with the help of another friend, I found an incredible salad that you will love.

Stop by Ann’s blog to see my guest post.


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Mediterranean Salad with Farro, Asparagus and Tomatoes


Recipe courtesy of my friend, Ann Waddy

  • 1 cup cooked cannellini beans (I used rinsed canned beans)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked farro (I cooked in chicken broth)
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and blanched (I used one bunch)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, quartered
  • 1 cup bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls), cut in half

Pesto Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place beans, farro, asparagus, tomatoes, olives and bocconcini in large bowl.
  2. Make vinaigrette by combining basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil in a food processor. Pulse till coarsely purรฉed. Pour into bowl and whisk in vinegar, salt and pepper.
  3. Add vinaigrette to salad, reserving some to pass.

Yield: 6 servings

PS….I’ve also received the Liebster award from Diane of The Hidden Pantry.  Thanks so much for the honor.  Make sure you check out her wonderful blog…I want to dive into the peach berry crisp she posted yesterday! 

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70 comments on “Mediterranean Salad with Farro, Asparagus and Tomatoes”

  1. Dear Lizzy, This salad is delicious looking!! I would love it. Blessings friend, Catherine xo

  2. This looks outstanding! I just love using olives in salads. I’ll def go over to Ann’s blog to check it out! I’m so jealous she is in England!!!

  3. Very pretty salad Liz, although I have never tasted farro. I love asparagus & hubs loves olives!! Will have to give it a go.
    Congrats on the award, you certainly deserve it!

  4. Awesome dish! I had faro once before for breakfast all made up just like a traditional oatmeal, tasty!!
    Take care.

  5. Love the pesto dressing with this colourful, flavourful salad, Lizzy. And very healthy too, perfect for your guest post!

  6. Beautiful healthy salad, Liz!

  7. Such a beautiful salad loaded with goodies…and I must try this Vinaigrette! Will stop over to check out your guest post as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. P.S. congrats on your well deserved award ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Congrats on the award! If I had awards to give out, I’d give you one too! Awesome blog!

  10. Now that’s just my kind of salad, full of big flavors and fresh vegetables.

  11. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  12. I’ve never had farro, but I keep reading about it. It sounds like something I should look into a bit more ’cause your salad looks great! I love the dressing, too. Basically all you have to do is say the word “pesto” and the husband and I are hooked.

  13. trekking your blog!!!


  14. Oh, so nice to see you where you belong…at #1!!

    BEAUTIFUL colors in this salad + the dressing too ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This looks so pretty and colorful.

  16. Congrats on No1 Liz!!This recipe is so simple, but packed with so much flavor and texture!Super healthy too.Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Congratulations fro being on the Top 9 Today!!! Great recipe and love the grapes with faro.

  18. Congratulations Lizzy, well done!

  19. Totally my kind of salad! Bookmarked. Would make for a perfect mid week meal too!

  20. All of my favorite things in one salad – minus the boccini ๐Ÿ™‚

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