This month the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is having a picnic!
Farro Cherry Walnut Salad
I love how summer gives us the freshest food available.  I love the farmers markets especially where I can get local produce!  So, when I saw that I was to bring a salad, I knew immediately I wanted to bring this Farro Cherry Walnut Salad that I saw in my June 2014 issue of Cooking Light.  I love the colors, the fresh flavors, and citrus dressing with the whole grain mustard (I used Maille Whole Grain – love it!), just perfect for a summer picnic!
Farro Cherry Walnut Salad
For the recipe I made, I did make a few adjustments to the orginal recipe.  I love lime and cherry, so I subbed lime juice for the lemon juice and for a sweetener I used agave instead of honey.  For me, that was the ultimate dressing for this salad!  I hope you will try it.
Follow the links to the other Virtual Supper Club Members blogs to find out what they brought to our Virtual Beach Blanket Picnic!
Susan, of The Spiced Garden brought the main course of Ginger Fried Chicken

Sarah, All our Fingers in the Pie brought our appetizer of Bruschetta with Peach Salsa Melted Brie

Shelby, that be me, Grumpy’s Honeybunch brought the salad of Farro, Cherry & Walnut

Sandi, of Whistlestop Cafe brought dessert of Lemon Polenta Cake with Summer Berries 

Val, More than Burnt Toast brought our beverage of Cherry Peach Sangria

Farro Cherry Walnut Salad
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked farro, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 3/4 pound sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  1. Cook Farro according to package. Drain and cool.
  2. Combine Farro, Cherries, Walnuts, Celery, and parsley in a large bowl.
  3. In a 1 cup glass measuring cup, combine, lime juice, mustard, agave, pepper, olive oil, and salt. Toss with farro/cherry mixture.
  4. Refrigerate until serving
  5. serving = 2/3 cup

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini July 2, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    It does sound like a delicious seasonal salad Shelby. Thanks for bringing it to the table.

  2. Susan Lindquist July 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Wow! What colours! Love it, Sheby! What an incredible addition to the picnic plate! Thank you for really working this theme!

  3. Sarah July 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Interesting salad full of summer flavours. I love farro! Must buy some to make this salad.

  4. JDeQ July 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Farro is one of my favourite grains. Now that the local cherries have arrived at the market I shall have to try this soon.

  5. Mary Ellen July 3, 2014 at 4:20 am - Reply

    This is a gorgeous salad Shelby! I don't think I have ever cooked farro. I will have to look for it now.

  6. Renee Paj July 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I happen to love farro. Love the little bit of bite you get with it. Great combination of flavors in this salad, Shelby!

  7. KC the Kitchen Chopper July 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Shelby, thanks so much for the fb comment. That is so sweet. I love this "chopped" combo. I do love farro, but have never used cherries. I must do that. Thanks for this yumminess!

  8. Dan from Platter Talk July 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this one!

  9. Pam July 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    The colors in that salad are beautiful and cherries this year are fantastic.

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