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Cherry and Farro Salad with Pressure-Cooked Farro

Rich nutty-tasting whole grain farro and sweet fresh cherries, this cherry and farro salad is loaded with vibrant flavor and pleasing chewy texture. Enhanced with cool herbal mint, green onions, tart dried cherries and a bright lemony dressing, this is one satisfying summery picnic-worthy salad!

white bowl with Cherry and Farro Salad with Pressure-Cooked Farro | Letty's Kitchen

This recipe also teaches you how to pressure cook farro—so you can enjoy your salad a whole lot quicker! 


Click here to PIN Farro and Cherry Salad recipe.

What is farro?

Farro is the Italian word for ancient hulled wheat. It’s an old-world grain that looks a lot like wheat or spelt berries. A pressure cooker cuts the cooking time for farro in half. You can substitute spelt berries or wheat berries in this recipe—they’ll take more time to cook than pearled farro.

cooked farro and orange colander of cherries with dried cherries and mint leaves in foreground

I truly love cherries! And Robbie loves the tender farro nuggets. This unusual salad surprised us both. With every component adding a different flavor note, we kept singing farro and cherry salad praise.

Cherry and Farro Salad with Pressure-Cooked Farro —the details.

  • Cooking times depend on which farro you use. Follow the package instructions for pearled farro. To pressure cook the farro, cut the time by 2/3 and check the texture. If the grains aren’t soft, cook some more.
  • I cooked my farro the day before—so it was ready when it was time to make the salad.
  • This time of year, my treasured cherry pitter (affiliate link) sees heavy use. If you love cherries, and, like me, dislike pitting cherries one by one, it’s a worthwhile buy—and not crazy expensive. Or go with a hand-held cherry and olive pitter, like this one.
  • Inspiration for this recipe comes from Fruited Grain Salad in Mollie Katzen’s Still Life with Menu cookbook. (Affiliate link.)
  • More tasty farro recipes: Summer Harvest Salad with Chickpeas and Farro. And Farro and Hearty Greens Soup.
spoon in bowlfull of Cherry and Farro Salad with Pressure-Cooked Farro

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In 2016, I also shared this recipe on Pressure Cooking Today.

Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry and Farro Salad and How to Pressure Cook Farro
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 233IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 comments

  • Wow! This looks incredible! I love that you added charrs for tartness! Ive been thinking of getting a pressure cooker for a while, I think this recipe may have just broken me! Reply · 20 June, 2016

    • Thanks Lucie,
      I hear you–I’m not sure how I could live without a pressure cooker. I even take one when we travel in the car on vacation! Reply · 20 June, 2016

  • Cherries are brilliant in savory salads and such. GREG Reply · 26 June, 2016

5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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