farro salad with tomatoes and feta

by jenna on September 23, 2011

This is a pretty salad recipe full of good-for-you-things like cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, farro, brown sugar and feta cheese.


And if you’re sitting there thinking that ALL of my salad recipes involve cherry tomatoes, guess what?

You’re right! I love these little balls of joy. Especially right now when all the pretty colored heirlooms are out. The orange are my favorite! They taste like candy…sorta.

There’s also a plethora of feta cheese in this salad, which makes it an instant winner, as well as a brown sugar vinaigrette. Yep, that’s right: a brown.sugar.vinaigrette.

Whoever said sugar highs were a bad thing?

You don’t want to miss this so head to PBS Food for the recipe!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly @ RDexposed September 23, 2011 at 4:48 am

You had me at brown sugar vinaigrette!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

You had me at feta cheese 😀


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

I love the pops of colour Jenna! I used to hate tomatos – mainly because I couldn’t do the whole crisp-yet-mushy texture thing, but I do love cherry tomatos now!! There’s one type, I think it’s called Candi-To or something, and they’re super sweet. So good! Heading over to the recipe now!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 23, 2011 at 5:05 am

Ahmazing! Heading over there now! Looks so good :)


Khushboo September 23, 2011 at 5:07 am

Gah that salad has summer written all over it !! YUM!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock September 23, 2011 at 5:14 am

This looks so good. Mouth-watering kind of good!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

So pretty, Jenna! I love those glass bowls, too. They remind me of a few that my grandma had. I wish I had hers (or yours!) :)


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

I love the cherry tomatoes and chickpeas, but I’m not a fan of feta. It’s very weird of me, I know. I’ve never heard of farro and based on your description over at PBS, I sort of want to try it. It sounds interesting!


Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy September 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

Yum this sounds delicious! Cherry tomatoes are my favorite!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

My cherry tomato + feta cheese obsessed husband would love this!


Bev Weidner September 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

I could pop those cherry tomatoes like candy and be satisfied with life.


jenna September 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

brown sugar vinaigrette = Swoonfest! this looks stunning! and healthy! how perfect


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather September 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

Such a pretty little salad!


Ashley September 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

I have cherry tomatoes in the kitchen waiting to be used- this looks like the perfect recipe!


Moni'sMeals September 23, 2011 at 8:28 am


Tomatoes, feta, chickpeas, yes.. yes.. yes.. for me. :)


Krystina (Organically Me) September 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

This is too pretty for words.


Liz @ Southern Charm September 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Looks so good. Recently, I’ve become obsessed with cherry tomatoes and anything they are in …. therefore, I HAVE to make this tonight :)


Sarah Lynn September 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Mmm, I’ve also become obsessed with cherry tomatoes! This looks so good!


R @ Learning As I Chop September 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

There is nothing wrong with an everlasting combo of cheese and tomato. The perfect pair.


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) September 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Mmm I love those little cherry tomatoes! So cute.. And I totally said that same nature’s candy thing today about carrots.. but we both know that’s not true at all. 😉


Mellie September 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Oh, YUM! This looks awesome!


Liz September 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I adore farro. I’m intrigued by the brown sugar vinaigrette…


Deva @ Deva by Definition September 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I will never grow tired of the tomatoes – LOVE tomatoes, especially the cherry and pear ones – so sweet and delicious!


Katrina September 24, 2011 at 4:41 am

Loooove this! Looks so tasty!


Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love the color of the tomatoes – they add pi-zazz :)


Luv What You Do September 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Where do you buy farro? I am having trouble finding it!


Erin @ MyLemonTwist September 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

heirloom tomatoes are devine-it’s really amazing to see all the different colors and varieties! They are like a healthy sweet skittle treat… that brown sugar vin. sounds soo tasty, can’t wait to add it onto my lunch or dinner option tomorrow!


kristina@beancakes September 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

i really love those vintage jadeite bowls ~ my favorite!!
xx ~ ks


Cait's Plate September 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I totally agree – the feta completely makes this dish. Especially that it got all melty and warm from the farro. Mmmm.


Krista September 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

That looks awesome– I love chickpeas!! I miss having fresh tomatoes. My dad grows them in his garden, but I wasn’t home this summer :(


Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I’m getting really sad because the fresh tomatoes aren’t going to be around for much longer! I can eat cherry tomatoes like candy too.


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

I just bought farro for the first time, and haven’t cooked with it yet! Thanks for posting this recipe!
I’m a total grain junkie- can you compare it to any other grain? It is like barley? Or freekeh? Or rice? :)


jenna September 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

wheat berries! very similar texture but no required soaking time :)


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