As soon as you see sweet cherries available in your local supermarket, snag a bag to make this farro grain salad. Their sweetness is balanced by salty-smoky bacon and pungent blue cheese.

Colleen Weeden



  • In a medium saucepan bring 3 cups water and the farro to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Drain off excess liquid.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium until browned and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving drippings in skillet. Add kale to skillet by the handful, cooking and stirring until each addition is wilted. Remove skillet from heat; stir in farro, bacon, cherries, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

  • For dressing: In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, 3 Tablespoons olive oil, the mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add to farro mixture; toss to coat. Top with blue cheese. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts

417 calories; 24 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 13 g monounsaturated fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 930 mg sodium. 387 mg potassium; 41 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 11 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 3684 IU vitamin a; 47 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 57 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 151 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;