When it comes to having your carbs and eating them too, unrefined and nutritious grains are the healthiest options. Today we're focusing on farro, quinoa's fiber-rich cousin. If you aren't familiar with the ancient grain, it has a chewy, hearty consistency, making it one of the healthiest comfort foods around. With far more nutrients than white rice, farro is loaded with protein, magnesium, iron, and fiber, the latter of which is essential for an efficient digestive system and metabolism.
Aside from those perks, farro is also insanely versatile. Indeed, it offers a ton of flexibility depending on your needs, as a cook as well as your cravings. From salads to sandwiches and bowls, you can cook with farro in just about any kind of dish type and cuisine. The options are pretty much endless. Scroll through to see our five favorite farro recipes that all yield unique, tasty, and healthy meals to power you through a busy workweek.
Summer Farro Risotto
Love risotto but feel like it sounds too heavy for the summer? That's where this recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon swoops in to save your home dining woes. With seasonal ingredients like corn, zucchinis, and sweet peas, this farro risotto dish is fresh, filling, and well-rounded enough to eat every night of the week.
Vegan Lentil or Farro Sloppy Joes
If you're a kid at heart or you're cooking for kids at home, we promise these vegan sloppy joes from Minimalist Baker will be a crowd-pleaser. Despite being sloppy, they're prepared with really fresh, healthy ingredients, and they have delicious smoky undertones. Just make sure you keep plenty of napkins on deck while you devour these delicious things.
Farro, Hummus, and Burrata Spread
This spread of hummus, burrata, and farro tabbouleh from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect starter if you're hosting a party. Or enjoy this mezze platter all by yourself for a well-rounded dinner.
Butternut Squash Farroto
This creamy, delicious dinner is brought to us by The First Mess, and it's the perfect option for anyone craving something comforting that won't leave them feeling bogged down later. If you love risotto but also want to try something new, this rich vegan dish is going to be your new go-to recipe. Eat it on its own, or make it as a side dish!
Salmon Souvlaki Bowl
These salmon souvlaki bowls from Half Baked Harvest are an ideal summer meal. The grilled salmon sits atop a bed of farro for an extra-satisfying kick and crunchy contrast. Packed with healthy, refreshing ingredients, it's the perfect weekday meal because it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.
Broccoli Rabe, Kale, and Farro Salad
This broccoli rabe, kale, and farro harvest salad from The First Mess is a healthy and filling bowl with just the right amount of intriguing flavors and textures. The farro rounds out the dish to introduce a softer texture while also making it slightly more filling to keep you satisfied longer—the perfect crunchy/chewy balance, if you will.
Watermelon, Tomato, Farro, and Feta Salad
This arugula, watermelon, tomato, feta, and farro salad recipe from Salt and Wind is the perfect summer refresher that'll still fill you up. Just add a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. It takes about 40 minutes to make, so you can put it together really quickly for a last-minute potluck or dinner party.
Creamy Farro With White Beans and Kale
Super hearty and tasty like your favorite rice bowl or risotto recipe, but with a little a more oomph, this kale and white bean farro dish from Gimme Some Oven is a great weeknight dinner option. It also calls for mushrooms, shallots, garlic, Gruyère, and Parmesan, each bite is packed with rich, tasty flavor.
Pennel and Mushroom Farro Risotto
Here's another delicious farro risotto recipe from Pickled Plum. This one calls for mushrooms, carrots, and fennel for a warm-weather meal with plenty of texture and flavor. It's a great thing to whip up next time you're craving something comforting but want to stick to a healthier ingredient list.
Sweet Potato and Pistachio Farro Salad
Brought to you by Chelsea's Messy Apron, this is not your average salad recipe. Calling for farro, sweet potato, apples, pistachios, dried cranberries, and shaved Parmesan all on top of a bed of peppery arugula, it's filling, delicious, and nutrient-rich.
If you're not sure which type of grain is healthiest for your dietary needs, check out this handy breakdown.