This summer farro salad with zucchini is easy to make and full of contrasting flavors and textures. Bites of crisp/sweet apple intermix with the tang of white balsamic vinegar, basil and tarragon.

Ready in just 30 minutes, this healthy summer farro salad is the perfect side dish for feeding a hungry crowd. It also keeps well in the fridge, which makes it perfect for your weekly meal prep!

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What goes with summer farro salad?

This farro salad goes really well with a variety of main dishes, here are some of my favorites!

Grilled Lime Shrimp Skewers

Herby Grilled Chicken & Zucchini Skewers

Juicy Dijon Turkey Burgers

Perfect Pan Seared Salmon

Cauliflower Steaks

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Herbed Farro Salad with Apples & Zucchini

  • Author: Lauren Grant Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings (6 cups) 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh and healthy, this summer farro salad with zucchini is packed with flavor from fresh herbs and sweet crispy apples!


  • 1 ½ cups dry farro (10 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon each cayenne pepper and kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced (2 cups)
  • 1 medium Braeburn or Honeycrisp apple, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon


Cook farro according to package directions; drain and reserve any remaining cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper in a large bowl for the vinaigrette. Add zucchini, apple and scallions to vinaigrette.

Add farro to bowl with zucchini mixture and toss to combine. Add cooking liquid, by tablespoon, until desired “sauciness” is reached.

Stir in basil and tarragon; season with salt and pepper to taste.


Serve cold or at room temperature, keeps refrigerated for up to a week.

If you’re short on time, use Trader Joe’s 10-Minute Farro, it’s almost as tender and chewy as regular pearled farro, but cooks in a fraction of the time.


  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Summer side dish, zucchini salad, farro salad

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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  1. Is there a substitute I can use for the white balsamic vinegar? I don’t want to spend a lot on a bottle of something that I will probably not have a use for other than for this recipe.