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Italian Farro Salad with Fava Beans

Italian Farro Salad with Fava Beans

This recipe contains traditional Italian ingredients from the earth – farro, favas, porcini mushrooms, leeks and fennel along with freshly shaved Pecorino or Parmigiano cheese.

Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 434 kcal
Author Patricia K. Rose


  • 1/4 cup dried Porcini mushrooms
  • 1 1/3 cup Italian Farro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek cleaned and sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb sliced
  • 1 rib celery sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces fava beans or soy beans about 2 1/2 cups
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cups leaf lettuce or baby salad greens
  • 1/4 cup cheese shavings from hard cheese – pecorino, parmigiano, manchego


  1. Soak dried mushrooms in about 2-3 cups hot water from the tap. Leave sit on the counter for 15 minutes or more…until mushrooms are rehydrated. Drain when ready to use in salad. Save liquid (minus sand at bottom) for another recipe like a soup. Chop mushrooms fine – mince like garlic – and set aside.
  2. Rinse the farro in a colander under running water until clear. Cook the farro in boiling salted water for about 20-30 minutes until farro is al dente. Farro will be soft, but crunchy. Once the farro is cooked, drain the farro and place in your salad bowl.
  3. While mushrooms are soaking and farro is cooking, prep vegetables. Coat skillet with olive oil and turn to medium heat. Add leek, fennel, celery, and cook until soft. Add drained mushrooms when they are ready, along with minced garlic and fava or soy beans and cook until heated through and beans are tender crisp. When done, add to the salad bowl.
  4. Assemble salad in bowl by combining farro, vegetable mixture, thyme leaves. Toss mixture and then add in salad greens or serve on a bed of lettuce. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with additional olive oil. Divide among plates and shave cheese over the top. Serve.