22 Vegan Farro Recipes You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

By Lisa Esile, MS,

Sick of brown rice? There’s a world of whole grains out there, and farro should be at the top of your list! Packed with fiber and protein, this ancient wheat grain has a deliciously nutty, almost-roasted flavor that pairs well with almost anything. In this tasty collection of vegan farro recipes, you’ll find colorful veggie-packed salads, scrumptious soups, bold bakes, flavorful grain bowls, and a fruity farro square that’ll leave you licking your fingers. Find some farro, and get cooking today!

For more grain-based recipes, check out these tasty ideas:

Orange Farro Salad with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes on a light gray plate with a small bowl of mustard dressing to the left side

Orange Farro Salad with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes

In this hunger-busting salad, fresh veggies, juicy oranges, and tangy pan-roasted tomatoes serve as counterpoint to earthier elements such as farro and creamy cannellini beans. A citrusy vinaigrette coats every forkful in cheerful flavor, while a garnish of crunchy hazelnut finishes it perfectly. Serve over kale or another green, such as lettuce, baby spinach, or mixed baby salad greens.
Roasted Garlic, Delicata Squash, and Farro Stew in light gray bowls on a wooden tabletop

Roasted Garlic, Delicata Squash, and Farro Stew

Oven-roasted butternut squash, delicata squash, and a whole head of garlic give this stew a smooth, sweet flavor that rolls effortlessly across the palate. Farro adds a subtly chewy texture, cannellini beans yield creaminess, and leafy kale balances the denser ingredients. Garnish with toasted panko and pine nuts for a crispy topping. A reviewer notes, “Just made this for dinner. It was very good, especially with the panko-pine nut mixture on top.”
A Mediterranean farro grain salad with artichokes, tomatoes, and lemon

Mediterranean Farro Salad

This hearty salad is packed with Mediterranean flavor and tickles the taste buds! With tangy artichokes, salty olives, crunchy-sweet bell pepper, and roasted cherry tomatoes, this delicious farro salad doesn’t need much of a dressing—just a drizzle of red wine vinegar and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy), and you’re ready to go. “An easy, healthy, flavorful meal,” writes one reviewer. Another commenter shares, “I made this for dinner last week, and it was delicious! My husband liked it so much that he requested we have it again for dinner this week. Definitely a recipe to keep!!”
Farro Cranberry Squares

Farro Cranberry Squares

These stunning treats are fancy enough for dessert but healthy enough to eat as a snack. The date-sweetened crust, made with farro and walnuts, could be used for all sorts of recipes. Top with a mouthwatering cranberry-cherry-apple compote for a memorable munchie that'll impress vegans and non-vegans alike. Note: Feel free to use fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries and cherries.
A large bowl of kale salad set alongside a plate with kale salad and a bowl with green avocado dressing

Kale and Farro Salad with Orange-Avocado Dressing

This stunning salad delivers bold color and miles of satisfying goodness and is perfect for festive occasions. A creamy orange-infused avocado dressing pops with herbaceous flavor and ties in well with wilted kale, tender just-cooked broccoli, and a medley of crunchy veggies. Dried cranberries add sweetness and the bread-like flavor of farro ensures every bite is a hearty one. A fan writes, “So worth making! This was definitely a crowd-pleaser! Even my teens loved it! Everything goes together perfectly!”
Lettuce Cups with Roasted Radish and Farro on a gray countertop

Lettuce Cups with Roasted Radish and Farro

With a fresh crunch and mild flavor, romaine lettuce makes an excellent edible bowl for this sweet, garlic-infused farro filling. Roasted onion and radish lend sweetness (the sharp radish flavor mellows once cooked), while a lemon-tahini dressing brightens everything up. One reviewer writes, “This is a household favorite. Nice light bite on hot days. We cook the radishes and onions on the grill to keep the heat out of the house.”
Farro Pilaf with Veggies and Blackened Melon on pink plates against a blue tabletop

Farro Pilaf with Veggies and Blackened Melon

Ready to up your game this barbecue season? Sweet grilled melon, coated with the smoky flavor of blackening seasoning, is drip-down-your-chin delicious. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s also simple to make! Serve with garlic-infused farro, wilted greens, and grilled onion and tomatoes for a top-shelf meal guaranteed to wow. Note: Blackened seasoning is a savory spice blend similar to Cajun seasoning but with a less-spicy kick.
Blueberry Farro Grain Bowl - Colorful array of diced bell pepper tomatoes, fresh herbs, and corn, with farro and blueberries, in a reddish pink bowl with a glass of water beside

Blueberry Farro Grain Bowl

Ready in 30 minutes, this nourishing grain bowl strikes all the right notes. Farro’s dense texture perfectly anchors juicy blueberries, zingy cherry tomatoes, and crunchy red bell pepper, while thinly sliced fennel and fresh basil intensify the flavors. A commenter shares, “This is such a yummy recipe. It seems hard to imagine that such a simple dressing would work, but it really is tasty. Love it!!”
Blood Orange-Farro Salad with Crispy Chickpeas on a blue plate with a larger bowl of salad in a white dish

Blood Orange-Farro Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Curry-spiced air-fried chickpeas make an excellent crispy topper for this vibrant farro salad. Blood oranges add juicy citrus flavor, and bell pepper lends a sweet crunch. Drizzle with an orange vinaigrette, and you’re ready to dig in. A fan writes, “I made this for my dinner tonight, and it was so good.”
Farro, Mushroom, and Leek Gratin

Farro, Mushroom, and Leek Gratin

With a tantalizing blend of flavors, this hearty casserole is ideal for a special occasion or just to warm up a cold night. Every grain of farro gets covered with a creamy cashew dressing, while a magnificent medley of veggies, including mushrooms, leeks, kale, and carrots, adds rich umami flavor. A commenter shares, “This recipe was so flavorful! I topped it with some air-fried tofu to make it a main dish. My picky family loved it, and I’m sure I’ll make it again.”
Roasted Kabocha Squash and Veggie Stew in a white Dutch oven with a wooden stirring spoon

Roasted Kabocha Squash and Veggie Stew

It’s hard to beat a big, beautiful bowl of stew! Fragrant with Italian herbs and the intense, sweet flavor of oven-roasted veggies, this hefty, nourishing meal warms you up from the inside out. Swiss chard, added toward the end, lends a balancing freshness that is simply exquisite. Serve the stew over a bed of cooked farro dotted with fresh basil and pine nuts for a memorable any-time-of-day meal.
Italian Chopped Salad with Farro in a wooden bowl

Italian Chopped Salad with Farro

With a cornucopia of fresh whole-food ingredients, this colorful salad stands out from the crowd. Earthy farro, hearty cannellini beans, and riced cauliflower form the base, while a mix of romaine lettuce, radicchio, and fresh cucumber lends just the right amount of crunch. Tart tomatoes deliver juicy flair, and a drizzle of oregano-infused vinaigrette transforms this into something special. A fan writes, “Love this dressing. I added a handful of beans to the dressing and blended it all together to make it creamy. So good!”
Oil-Free Farro Fried Rice in a white skillet with a wooden serving spoon

Oil-Free Farro Fried Rice

Need to turn dinner around in a hurry without sacrificing flavor or nutrition? This healthy-yet-satisfying twist on fried rice is an excellent option. Frozen mixed veggies cut down prep time, helping the dish come together in just 30 minutes. Everyday seasonings such as ginger, lime juice, and soy sauce add savory flavor, while tender kale and tangy scallions provide a fresh lift. This is a crowd-pleasing recipe you can make any day of the week. Note: This recipe calls for cooked farro, so if you don’t have any ready, be sure to get the farro going before doing anything else. A fan writes, “This recipe is so delicious! We made this tonight. I encourage everyone to try this.”
Caramelized Garlic and Potato Soup topped with snap peas in beige bowls

Caramelized Garlic and Potato Soup

This creamy soup has a dreamy flavor thanks to a vampire-threatening amount of garlic, which adds a sweet, caramel-like flavor to the blended base of potato and cannellini beans. A little brown rice vinegar adds brightness, but lemon juice would also work if you don’t have brown rice vinegar. Serve over cooked farro and garnish with crunchy sugar snap peas. A commenter shares, “I just made it tonight, and it was absolutely amazing.”

Calling all mushroom lovers! This kale salad gets a flavor lift from a zesty morel vinaigrette massaged into the leaves, which also makes them more tender than ever. Crisp apples add crunch and sweetness, and dried apricots lend tang, while cooked farro adds an earthy bulk to the salad. This is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. One happy reviewer writes, “This is now one of my favorite kale and mushroom recipes. Very very tasty!”
Crispy air fryer beets sit atop a colorful green salad with spinach and other chopped veggies including fresh pair, in a hexagonal white bowl in bright light

Farro and Spinach Salad with Air-Fried Beets

Prepare to be delighted by this colorful restaurant-quality salad featuring crispy air-fried beets coated in an orange- and walnut-infused vinaigrette. The sweet beets look amazing and pair well with the grassy spinach leaves, juicy pear, cooked farro, and tangy red onion. A fan raves, “Amazing. I used lemon instead of orange juice. I never write reviews, but this was refreshing and delicious!”
Moroccan Bean Salad in an orange bowl with a metal fork

Moroccan Bean Salad

Plant-based super star Dreena Burton delivers another winning recipe with this festive Moroccan bean salad. Chickpeas and grains form the base, while tangy dried apricots and a rainbow of bright veggies add textural variety. A ginger-infused tahini dressing, seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, and paprika, elevates this to a must-make recipe. Note: This recipe is easy to adapt to suit whatever veggies and grains you have available.

Baby Kale Salad with Farro, Grapes, and Oranges

This succulent salad balances earthy farro with juicy oranges, sweet grapes, and anise-like fennel. Tender baby kale leaves are sweeter than mature kale and work well here, but romaine lettuce, mature kale that’s been cut finely, or fresh spinach would also work. To finish, toss with a tasty, three-ingredient balsamic dressing for a festive fall salad worthy of any dinner table. A satisfied fan raves, “Amazing salad! Even my picky guys liked it!!”
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Creamed Spinach on a white plate with a metal fork

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Creamed Spinach

You’ll savor every mouthful of these chunky cauliflower steaks, which are served atop a mix of farro and sweet roasted onion. A generous dollop of creamed spinach makes every mouthful a close-your-eyes delicious one. A satisfied fan writes, “This is one of the most impressive meals I've made so far, a year into trying out FOK recipes. Absolutely thrilled to add this one to our rotation, particularly for the fall and winter months with that lovely festive nutmeg.”
jackfruit barbecue sandwiches

Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwiches with Broccoli Slaw

Fancy a big, beautiful plant-based sandwich dripping with barbecue flavor? We’ve got you covered! These fun and hearty vegan sandwiches feature a meaty filling of farro and jackfruit, which gets slathered in date-sweetened barbecue sauce, topped with a creamy broccoli-avocado slaw, and nestled in a toasted whole wheat hamburger bun. Note: If you don’t have broccoli, use finely chopped cabbage instead. A reader shares, “This was so delish!!! I added a bit more garlic and some chipotle for an extra kick, and we devoured it! Mouthwateringly good.”
Miso-Ginger Grilled Vegetable Farro Bowls against an orange backdrop with orange cloth napkins

Miso-Ginger Grilled Vegetable Farro Bowls

Great grain bowls, this is good! Marinated in a zesty miso-ginger sauce and grilled to smoky perfection, a band of colorful veggies, such as Broccolini, red bell pepper, bok choy, and spiralized sweet potatoes, perfectly blend with the down-to-earth goodness of chewy, slightly nutty farro. Garnish with thinly sliced radish—or leave it out if you’re not a radish fan; scallions would be good here, too.
Curried Chickpeas with Strawberry Chutney

Curried Chickpeas and Farro with Strawberry Chutney

In this Indian-inspired dish, mild cauliflower, nutty chickpeas, and firm farro absorb delectable curry flavor. No need to panic about a long list of curry seasonings, as this recipe uses just curry powder and cumin. But what sets this recipe apart is the stellar strawberry chutney dolloped on top; sweet and with just the right amount of tangy, it’ll leave you cherishing every mouthful. A commenter notes, “This was delicious and also very pretty. Loved the strawberry chutney.”

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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