I gave this Summer Farro Salad a Southwest twist with corn sliced off the cob, avocado, cotija, cilantro and a lime vinaigrette.

Summer Farro Salad in a white bowl over a checked napkin

Summer Farro Salad

I fell for farro with my first bite. Nutty with a chewy texture, this ancient form of wheat originated in Egypt but found it’s the way to popularity in the states via Italy.

Just follow the package instructions to cook (some varieties require an overnight soaking), then add it to your soup, salad or even dessert. I love it with fresh, seasonal vegetables, like in this summer farro salad.

Summer Farro salad in a white serving bowl

How to Make a Summer Farro Salad

With weeks of summer still remaining, I felt the need to savor all the fresh vegetables still available locally. We love the gourmet sweet corn at nearby Johnny’s Market, so I steamed it for just a minute and sliced it right off the cob.

Going with a Southwest vibe, I added avocados, peppers, tomatoes, small cubes of Cotija cheese to this farro salad before finishing it off with a sprinkling of minced cilantro. Dressed in a light lime vinaigrette, this was one heavenly salad. I didn’t even offer to share!

Use whatever fresh summer produce you have available. If you use avocados, add them right before serving so they don’t oxidize or brown.

Cook your farro in salted water so it has the best flavor. Salt is a flavor enhancer. If you go out and purchase some farro, make sure to try this Rustic Farro Soup, too!

Summer Farro Salad in a white serving bowl from above

Summer Farro Salad in a white serving bowl from above

Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings

A farro salad packed with fresh vegetables and dressed with a lime vinaigrette


  • 1 ½ cups farro, cooked according to package instructions (make sure to cook in salted water)
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cooked fresh corn, cut off the cob
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ container of grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cubed Cotija cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all salad ingredients into a large bowl except for avocados and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together lime juice, salt, pepper, and honey.
  3. Drizzle in olive oil slowly while whisking continuously to emulsify.
  4. Toss salad with dressing. Add cilantro, if using, and mix to combine. Add avocado and very gently toss to avoid bruising.


To take the bite out of the onion, you can soak it in ice water while you prep the salad. Drain and dry on paper toweling before using.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 479mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g


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