Farro Carrot Pomegranate Salad

This farro carrot pomegranate salad is the perfect healthy side dish. It’s packed full of vegetables and dressed with a simple squeeze of orange.

This farro carrot pomegranate salad is the perfect healthy side dish. It's packed full of vegetables and dressed with a simple squeeze of orange.

You guys, I cannot get enough of my new heated blanket. I’m sitting under it right now while watching old episodes of Parks and Recreation and writing this post. I think I could sit like this for a whole day.

Well, if someone brought me cold bottles of seltzer water and delivered me food so I didn’t starve to death under my blanket. {I keep this blanket at like 900 degrees…so toasty!} Sadly as much as my husband loves me I doubt he would quit his job to take care of me. I can’t blame him but I will hold it against him.

This farro carrot pomegranate salad is the perfect healthy side dish. It's packed full of vegetables and dressed with a simple squeeze of orange.

What I won’t hold agains him is loving nature to try everything I put in front of his face. While he is not normally a giant fan of salads made from grains he enjoyed this salad. I personally think it was because it was packed full of pomegranates.

Seriously, pomegranates are where it’s at! Plus I have been CRUSHING on farro. I remember awhile ago I was on Twitter complaining about how I was over quinoa and Liz chimed in and let me know I should give farro a try.

Well, it took me forever but I finally tried it and I luuuuuuurve it!

Is it weird that I now want to put farro in everything?

This farro carrot pomegranate salad is the perfect healthy side dish. It's packed full of vegetables and dressed with a simple squeeze of orange.

A few small recipe notes:

  • I used tri-colored carrots in this post so you will notice the white carrots. They are carrots – not potatoes. Feel free to use any colored carrot you like.
  • For my julienne carrots I used this awesome OXO Julienne Peeler.

Farro Carrot Pomegranate Salad

This farro carrot pomegranate salad is the perfect healthy side dish. It's packed full of vegetables and dressed with a simple squeeze of orange.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes


  • 1 cup farro
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 carrots, scrubbed and sliced (I used colored carrots)
  • 1 carrot, julienne peeled
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 springs thyme, leaves removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed


In a pot set over high heat add farro and water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium low, cover and let cook for about 30 minutes until tender.

Drain the farro and let cool while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a large skillet set over medium heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in diced carrots. Cook until the carrot just starts to soften.

Add in julienne peeled carrot and shallots. Cook for another 5 minutes until soft.

Throw in spinach, garlic, thyme leaves, garam masala, kosher salt and black pepper. Stir to combine and cook until the spinach is soft.

Remove from the heat and add farro to the skillet. Toss to combine, stir in pomegranate seeds and orange juice. If the mixture is a little dry drizzle a little more olive oil into the mixture.

Serve room temperature.

41 Responses to “Farro Carrot Pomegranate Salad”

  1. #
    June Burns — January 7, 2015 at 6:15 am

    What a gorgeous salad! I love all the colors from the different fruits and vegetables in there 🙂

  2. #
    Sune Moolman — January 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I’ve never had farro, it looks totally amazing in this salad though!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I love all the ingredients in this salad! So yummy 🙂

  4. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — January 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Yum! This is such a beautiful and colorful salad! I’m envious of your blanket 🙂

  5. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I love farro – and this salad is gorgeous!! Perfect for some healthier eating after the holidays!!

  6. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 7, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I have been wanting to try farro for a while now but I can’t find it at any of the stores, I just need to order it and make this salad!

  7. #
    Christie — January 7, 2015 at 8:28 am

    This salad looks amazing! I love farro and it’s nutty taste. Plus you included garam masala, one of my favorite spices!

  8. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Such a gorgeous salad!! I’m ready to dive in 😉

  9. #
    Melanie | Melanie Makes — January 7, 2015 at 9:13 am

    This is one seriously stunning salad, Brandy – love it!

  10. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — January 7, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I need a heated blanket! That sounds glorious! Love the salad – beautiful colors.

  11. #
    The Food Hunter — January 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

    not only delicious but beautiful!

  12. #
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — January 7, 2015 at 10:17 am

    This salad is gorgeous! I am so craving some right now.

  13. #
    Cookin Canuck — January 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

    What a beautiful salad! We have been going crazy over pomegranates here too, eating them on everything we can think of.

  14. #
    marla — January 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Gorgeous salad

  15. #
    heather @french press — January 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I love farro, and have been using those tri color carrots in pretty much everything lately 🙂 they are so pretty
    and this salad is just gorgeous

  16. #
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free — January 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I simply cannot get over the striking colors on this salad! Love the flavor combination, too and use of garam masala – a must try.

  17. #
    Kate @ Diethood — January 7, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Farro is my new go-to grain and this gorgeous salad will be my next go-to salad!! It’s freakin’ beautiful!

  18. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — January 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I have an embarrassing story. I had literally just woken up and was looking at IG on my phone before I even got out of bed (doesn’t everyone do that), saw this salad and wanted to eat it for breakfast! It is so beautiful and I love the flavors! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all morning, can’t wait to try it!

  19. #
    Claire Gallam — January 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Your photos are blowing my mind!!! <3 gorgeous

  20. #
    stephanie @ Back for Seconds — January 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    This is one gorgeous salad!!

  21. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — January 7, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This salad looks incredible! After all the heavy holiday food, this is a sight for sore eyes. I’ll be making this for lunch tomorrow!

  22. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — January 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I absolutely love the chewy texture of farro! It is my go-to instead of rice.

  23. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 7, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I’m sitting here shivering under a normal blanket and I’m totally jealous of your heated one. OMG it’s cold out!!!

    This salad looks incredible… I keep seeing it pop up in various feeds and every time it does it makes me stop dead in my tracks.

  24. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Brandy, oh my gawd, I LOVE this. . I became acquainted with farro early last year and we still have a love affair going on. . yo, I just pinned 3 different photos above to 3 different boards. OK, I’m making this! Gorgeous and healthy! you make beautiful food.

  25. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — January 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This salad is stunning!

  26. #
    Kristi Rimkus — January 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Fantastic salad! I ran across your salad on Google+ and had to stop by and tell you how much I love that you’re a fan of farro too. I discovered a bag of it at Trader Joes, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

  27. #
    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — January 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    What a hearty and beautifully colorful salad! I’ve been throwing a lot of pomegranate tendrils in my salads lately–they add such a lovely sweet and tart flavor!

  28. #
    Jennifer @foodprocessor07 — January 8, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Seriously–what a stunning salad! This needs to be my lunch this week! So delicious!

  29. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 8, 2015 at 7:31 am

    That blanket sounds magical. I just received my faux fur blanket from Pottery Barn and have been obsessed ever since. It’s so soft and so warm. Now, all I need is a big ol’ bowl of this gorgeous salad. Love that enamel plate/bowl.

  30. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Are those potatoes?! They’re not in the ingredient list! Sorry. I had to. 😀

    And I want a heated blanket! I’m constantly heating up slippers and heating bags in the microwave. It’s annoying. 🙁

  31. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — January 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I am crazy jealous of your heated blanket. I damn near froze to death last night. Anyway, this salad, girl!! Pomegranates are where its at and I love to both juliene and eat farro. So win all up in there.

  32. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I really wish I had a heated blanket! I’d so binge watch TV while sitting under it (although this begs the questions, why are you NOT watching Friends?!). Also, I’d eat gobs of this salad! I’ve been dying for a really hearty farro salad lately!

  33. #
    Heather / girlichef — January 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Totally not weird; farro is my favorite whole grain to eat on a regular basis…so nutty and chewy! This salad sounds excellent. And here I was thinking there was potato in there, too (white carrot, I’m thinking after reading ingredients..).

  34. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — January 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Hooray for electric blankets. It’s awesome that you are enjoying is SO much.
    What a cheerful winter salad. I love the colors. Plus I love feeling virtuous eating healthy and enjoying it.

  35. #
    foodwanderings — January 8, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, how gorgeous. Exactly the type of recipes I am looking for as a part of my New Year’s resolution but really that’s how I like to eat anyways!

  36. #
    Amanda @ cookie named desire — January 10, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I heart farro so much but I feel like I tend to make the same types of foods with it. I really need to try this salad out because it looks phenomenal!

  37. #
    Carla — January 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This salad is just gorgeous! I recently discovered how much I love pomegranate seeds (I had the juice once growing up and didn’t like it, so I thought I hated pomegranate). Now I need to go pick up some farro and make this!

  38. #
    Joanne — January 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    SWOONING over this salad! It’s pretty much full of all my favorite things. Also – so jealous of your electric blanket. I want one!!


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