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Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad

Bacon, Tomato & Farro Salad

Farro, a high-fiber whole grain, cooks in about 15 minutes and has an amazing toothsome texture perfect for grain salads. This healthy salad recipe combines the grain with smoky bacon, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil for an easy side dish or light lunch. Look for farro at natural-foods stores and gourmet food markets.


6 servings

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 1cup farro or quick-cooking barley
  • 2slices center-cut bacon
  • 1medium shallot, chopped
  • 2tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Place farro (or barley) in a medium saucepan; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes for farro (about 10 minutes for barley). Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate; leave the fat in the pan. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Crumble or chop the bacon. Add to the bowl along with tomatoes, basil and the warm vinaigrette; gently stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 6 servings)

Calories 134kcal
Carbohydrate Total 26g
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 3g
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Mono Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 149mg
Protein 5g
Potassium 147mg
Calcium 23mg
Folate 10mcg
Vitamin B3 1mg