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Farro Salad with arugula, goats cheese, carrots, cucumber with a lemon herb vinaigrette

Farro Arugula Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

Andrea Toole
This Farro Arugula Salad with a Lemon Herb Vinaigrette is bound to become one of your new favourite loaded salad bowls. It has roasted carrots, fresh cucumber, goats cheese, peppery arugula and nutty farro with a tangy lemon vinaigrette for a satisfying and filling meal.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6


Arugula Farro Salad

  • 2 large carrots, medium diced
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 4 oz goats cheese (or sub feta if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • Fresh dill to garnish *Optional

Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (or 1/2 tsp dried parsley)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, toss the chopped carrots with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Spread the carrots out on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cook the farro on the stovetop according to the package directions. The cooking time will depend on the type of farro (pearled farro is the quickest cooking). Optional: Add a sprig of fresh thyme to the water while it boils to add flavour. Set aside to cool.
  • While the farro and carrots cook, whisk together all the ingredients for the Lemon Herb Vinaigrette and set aside.
  • To assemble the salad add the farro, roasted carrots, arugula and cucumber to a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to mix. Top with the goat cheese, sunflower seeds and fresh dill. Enjoy!
Keyword apple salad, arugula, farro, grain bowl