Farro & Strawberry Salad


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Our house has been crazy this past week. We are heading to Hawaii in a couple of weeks to celebrate my in-laws anniversary, and trying to make sure we have everything is exhausting! I never realized how much “STUFF” you need to bring when you have a child. Shesh! But I know at the end of the day it will all be worth while once we get on that plane.  It’s Hawaii BABY! 🙂

Amidst all the chaos of packing, planning, and buying I still had time to make this Farro & Strawberry Salad. The freshness from the strawberries and basil along with a citrus vinaigrette is amazing. Then adding a little goat cheese for some creaminess and pecans for crunch makes it the perfect salad. I must admit that I stole the recipe from Giada De Laurentiis after watching her make it on the Food Network. I just couldn’t resist. It looks so delicious, and let me tell you. It is! This is a perfect summer salad that you will want to bring to every party. Believe me, it will be a hit! This Farro & Strawberry Salad will be on my Memorial Day party menu! 🙂

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To get started, in a medium sized saucepan add 2 cups of chicken broth along with 1 cup of dry farro to pot.

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Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes. Fluff with a fork, transfer to a bowl, and allow farro to cool. In the meantime, hull and quarter 13 strawberries.

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Then chop 1/4 cup of basil and 1/2 cup of pecans, set aside. Now for the dressing, in a small bowl: whisk 1 T. of orange zest, 1/4 cup of orange juice,

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1 T. of honey or agave, 1/2 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. of pepper, and 3 T. of olive oil.

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Pour the dressing over the farro and add the strawberries, basil, pecans, and 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese.

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This would be perfect with my Paleo Mustard Glazed Chicken!

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Farro & Strawberry Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian



Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of farro
  • 1 1/2 cup of chicken brother {low sodium}
  • 13 strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 4 oz. of goat cheese, crumbed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of basil, chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1 T. orange zest
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 T. of honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • 3 T. of olive oil


  1. In a medium sized saucepan add chicken broth and dry farro to pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Fluff the farro with a fork, transfer to a bowl, and allow farro to cool.
  4. In the meantime, hull and quarter strawberries.
  5. Chop basil and pecans, set aside.
  6. In a small bowl to start make the dressing: whisk orange zest, orange juice, honey or agave, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  7. Pour the dressing over the farro and add the strawberries, basil, pecans, and crumbled goat cheese.


{Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis – Food Network}


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21 Responses
  1. Krista, this looks totally and awesomely delicious! I love salads with fresh berries. You lucky girl, getting to go to Hawaii! I know you will have a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday weekend. Pinning!

    1. Thanks Cindy! Yeah, I am a lucky girl. Can’t wait!!! I’ll be sure to post pics of the scenery and food while i’m there. 🙂 Have a great weekend girl!

    1. It is super light and yummy! 🙂 We are going to Maui for the majority of the trip and then a 2 day stay on Oahu so that my hubbie can see around. {ya know.. the typical pearl harbor visit and such} So excited! 🙂 Just hope my 13 month does ok on the 7 hour flight! Sheesh.

  2. I love watching Food Network…it’s just being inspired and hungry at the same time! This salad rocks!
    Have you been to Oahu before? Justin and I were married over on the North Shore…gorgeous! Your little guy will do great…it’s you that will get no rest. The flights were so full every time I’ve been and no matter what time! It’s like they’re all trying to get to the islands at the same time and leaving at the same time…crazy! Are you on Instagram? Cz I wanna see pics! (or fb will do.) =)

    1. I know, I always get hungry after watching the Food Network. Yes, I have been to Oahu, Maui, and Kauai twice before. Flights are so stinking long, but its all worth it. Love that you and Justin were married in North Shore, they have sweet waves there too! 🙂 Yes, I am on Instagram, I think I’m already following you too. It is @Joyfulhealthyeats. 🙂

  3. That looks awesome Krista! My son was 6 weeks old the first time we went to Hawaii. We moved there when he was 1 1/2 and he did fine on the plane. You have to let them walk around, not run, walk with them and let them explore. Have fun:)

    1. Thanks Lisa! How fun, do you still live there? Great advice, I have been trying to figure out what to do with him on the plane because he has been wanting to walk everywhere lately and will fuss a little if we don’t let him. So.. we will be walking up and down the aisle on the plane if all else fails. 🙂

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