Farro Salad with Pixie Tangerines and Walnuts

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Farro is so versatile when it comes to a quick salad and side dish. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Farro, it’s an ancient grain from the wheat family. It has a dense chewy structure and a rich, nutty flavor. Used by chefs in pastas, breads, and for salads. Today, I picked spinach, dandelions greens and beet greens for this quick lunch. Choose any greens of your choice, add any nut for crunch and use golden or regular raisins for sweetness. Any citrus will work , I chose Pixie Tangerines for they’re in season right now. Precook the Farro the night before and refrigerate it until your ready to assemble. Once, you get this technique down you can also substitute quinoa, barley, bulgar, or wild rice.

  • Farro is a grain that can be found in most supermarkets today. I like to use an organic brand, from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Farro is rich in minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber.
  • Its magnesium content is important in glucose and insulin secretion, which helps fight cardiovascular disease.
  • Research shows also that farro contains a special type of carbohydrate that stimulate the immune system, lowers cholesterol, and plays a role in blood clotting.
  • To find out more info go to: University Health News.



Fresh greens from my winter garden.

I love to grow greens during the winter season. This is makes it so convenient to pick fresh from the garden and make a quick dinner with.


Farro Salad with Pixie Tangerines and Walnuts

Farro brings a nutty flavor to this delicious salad. Use it for lunch or dinner. Add your choice of greens and citrus and you have a healthful meal!
Course Salad or Side Dish
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword farro, salad, tangerines, walnuts
Servings 4
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 cups of a mixture of greens, spinach, dandelions, mustard greens
  • 2-3 teaspoons of amino acids, I prefer Bragg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Juice of two 2 tangerines
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts


  • Juice of two tangerines
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Prepare farro as directed on back of package.
  2. Or boil 2 cups of water, add cooked farro and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Place 1/2 cup raisins in a small bowl and add juice of two tangerines and cinnamon.

  5. Allow the raisins to marinate while preparing the dish.
  6. Pace 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and add garlic.
  7. Saute briefly until soft and add greens.
  8. Add amino acids, salt, pepper until greens become wilted.
  9. Add the farro and saute until warm.
  10. Remove from the stove and place in a large bowl.
  11. Add soaked raisins with marinade and walnuts.
  12. Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of two tangerines.
  13. Adjust taste with seasonings.


You may also enjoy my other nutritional recipes:

Stuffed Eggplant with Three Grains Papoutsakia

Quinoa with Wild Rice and Cherries

Tabbouleh  Bulgur Salad with Greens, Mushrooms and Mandarin Oranges


Stay Healthy and Eat Grains,




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