Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad
Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

I want to take a break today from all the pumpkin craziness (catch all the Pumpkin Week 2016 recipes here), and talk to you about one of my other favorite ingredients in my kitchen—farro.

I love quinoa as much as the next health-food-adoring girl, but if I had to pick a whole grain to spend the rest of my life with, it’d be my darling farro. Chewy, nutty, and crazy versatile, farro needs a spot in your pantry if it doesn’t have one already.

Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

The versatility of farro is what really makes it shine. You can cook it al dente using the pasta method (cooking it just like you would spaghetti in a big ole vat of salted water), and it works perfectly as a base for grain salads like the one I’m sharing with you today.

Or, you can cook it using the same method you use for quinoa to make a hearty, fluffy grain side dish to go along with your dinner.

Farro also makes an incredible substitute for enriched arborio rice when you are making risotto (some folks call this farrotto). It results in the same dreamy, creamy texture that you get with a traditional arborio rice risotto—but you get the health benefit of using a whole grain that is packed with fiber, protein, and iron.

Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

It used to be almost impossible to find farro outside of a speciality health food store or an Italian grocer, but in the past few years, farro has increased in popularity, and I’ve been picking it up at my regular supermarket in the same section with quinoa and brown rice.

Chances are, the farro you pick up in the store will be pearled or semipearled (which means part of the bran has been removed to speed up cooking). Those varieties will cook in 15ish minutes. If you do happen to get a truly whole grain farro that isn’t pearled, you’ll be looking at closer to 30-40 minutes of cooking time. You can speed it up by presoaking it overnight, just like you would with dried beans.

Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

If you want to get your feet wet with farro, I have quite a few recipes that you might like:

And, of course, if you’re looking for a perfectly autumnal way to try out farro, this sweet-and-savory Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad is just for you. You can serve it warm or cold, and it’s got enough heft to it to be a main dish or a side dish. We served this with glazed salmon and a nice green side salad. And I highly recommend this baby makes an appearance at your Thanksgiving table! Enjoy.

Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

If you're looking for a perfectly autumnal way to try out farro, this sweet-and-savory Roasted Apple and Pumpkin Farro Salad is just for you.


For the salad:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 pie pumpkin, seeded, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 large apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pepitas

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Combine the broth and farro in a medium saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss the pumpkin, apples, onion, and garlic with the oil, sage, thyme, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Spread in one layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until browned and tender, 15-20 minutes.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, whisk all the dressing ingredients together.
  5. In a big bowl, toss the faro, roasted vegetables, cranberries, and walnuts with the dressing. Top with pepitas upon serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 482mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 6g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


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  1. Delicious! My first time cooking a pie pumpkin, and (pearled) farro. Thanks for the fabulous recipe. Perfect for this Fall day.

  2. So excited to try this recipe!! I have been searching for new ways to eat vegetables and have been loving all of your healthy vegetable meals. Thanks so much for sharing this awesomeness!