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A quick and simple Caprese Prosciutto Farro Salad for Memorial Day weekend and beyond. Nutty farro, sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes, salty prosciutto, herbs, and mozzarella all combined to create a refreshing spring/summer salad that’s pretty and delicious. Toss this quick and simple salad with an herby lemon balsamic vinaigrette and flaky sea salt. Every bite bursts in your mouth…it’s pretty hard to beat this simple summer salad. Perfect for upcoming picnics and backyard BBQs.

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When I looked at the calendar this past Saturday night while finishing up writing Sunday’s Nine Favorite Things, I suddenly realized that Memorial Day was only a week away. Quarantine life had my mind thinking that we still had two weeks until Memorial Day. How could it be that Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer, was basically here. It snuck up on me quicker than it ever has before.

I think we can all agree that this is one of the weirdest times in history. Most of us have lost track of what day it is. Days just seem to blend together. But with the abrupt realization that summer is about to hit us head-on, the anticipation for warmer days and sunshine couldn’t be greater. It’s making things feel much brighter, happier, and uplifting my spirits.

Plus, summer food is here! The market has been stocked with sweet early season cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and even ears of corn. Our herb garden is slowly starting to come to life, and each day the sun stays up just a minute or two longer. It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

And all that brings me to this Caprese Salad…

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The idea.

When I learned that Memorial Day was this weekend I panicked. I had no summer recipes plotted out and nothing for picnic season. I’ve been so stuck in the mindset of comfort food that I’d forgotten summer was even coming. Once I realized this, I immediately switched gears and quickly started to jot down some fresh summertime recipe concepts.

And then I landed on this salad. The cherry tomatoes on the pantry shelf and the bag of farro…that’s probably been in the pantry for over a year…were both calling me.

When it comes to tomatoes, I tend to overbuy. And farro? Well, let’s be real, you all know that when it comes to grains I love pasta. And I maybe love rice even more. So I tend to use these two grains more than any other. But I figured it was time to switch things up, try something new, to use up a little of that farro in our salad. Twas’ a good idea.

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The Details.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, farro is an ancient grain that looks very similar to brown rice, but cooks much quicker. It’s also much nuttier too. Farro is actually cooked like you would pasta. It’s very easy to make and lends a chewy, nuttiness to salads that I love.

Since the farro takes the longest to prepare, start here. It’s easy. Just boil the farro in salted water until it’s tender. This takes about twenty minutes, so while the farro is cooking, prep the remainder of the salad.

Here’s a little tip when making a salad with an oil-based vinaigrette… Make the vinaigrette in the bottom of your salad bowl to limit the number of dishes you dirty. Not a genius tip, but it works!

For the vinaigrette, I did a simple lemon balsamic with a mix of herbs. It’s just high-quality olive oil, good balsamic, lemon, honey, fresh thyme, and lot’s of fresh black pepper and flaky sea salt.

Simple. But also delicious.

Now, this next step is KEY. Once the farro has been drained, immediately toss the hot farro with the vinaigrette in the bottom of the salad bowl. When the hot farro is tossed with the vinaigrette, you will immediately smell the balsamic and herbs. It’s like the heat “activates” the vinaigrette and intensifies the flavors. It’s the simplest of ingredients and the simplest process, but yet it’s all incredibly flavorful and layered with textures.

Once the farro has cooled, toss in the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and prosciutto.

And then, you’re done. SIMPLE. But pretty and very delicious. I love topping my salad with a mix of fresh herbs. But you can simply use basil or whatever you have on hand.

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Suggestions, substitutes, and ideas…

If you’re not loving the sound of farro in your salad, I get it. First, I urge you to at least give the farro a try. It’s shockingly delicious with a chewy texture and nutty flavor that fits perfectly with this summery Caprese.

Second, if you just can’t do the farro, not a problem, use quinoa or your favorite pasta. Either will be great.

To keep this vegetarian, just simply omit the prosciutto.

If you don’t have mixed herbs on hand, just use basil and lots of it, that’s great too. And lastly? This salad keeps incredibly well and is delicious the following day for lunch or served with your favorite grilled chicken or salmon.

And that’s all for today! Who else is excited about summer food? What are you guys looking forward to? Any recipes you’d love for me to create?

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Looking for other Caprese recipes? Here are my favorites from year’s past. 

Peach Caprese Salad

Caprese Burrata Garlic Bread

Caprese Panzanella

Lastly, if you make this Caprese prosciutto farro salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Caprese Prosciutto Farro Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 418 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Boil the farro according to package directions, about 20 minutes. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large salad bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add the hot farro and half of the basil. Vigorously toss to combine. Let the farro cool.
    3. To the salad, add the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and remaining basil, gently toss. Arrange the prosciutto and fresh herbs on top. Serve the salad at room temperature or chilled.

Notes

Leftovers: keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Alternate Grains: this salad is delicious tossed with pasta, quinoa, or orzo, so feel free to use your favorite, or whatever you have on hand. 

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    1. Hey Lynn,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    We LOVE this recipe. It’s our go-to when we want something filling, but light! We DID change a couple of things up this time: we threw the prosciutto in our cast-iron to crisp it up & added grilled asparagus. Another great one HBH!

    1. Hey Brooklyn,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This was so good! I imagine making it all summer. I added sliced almonds to add a crunchy element and turned out great. Thanks!

  3. I make this recipe all the time! I sometimes use pasta instead, sometimes add spinach if I want more veggies, and sometimes use chicken instead of the prosciutto. It’s so good!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night as a farewell to summer, and it was SO fantastic! And so easy. Will definitely be making again for dinner parties. It was my first time trying farro!

  5. 5 stars
    This was excellent! I never tried farro but I have fallen in love with it! I did fry up the prosciutto to make it crispy but I didn’t change anything else.

  6. 4 stars
    Tough to find a farro recipe that my fiance and I can enjoy, but this did it. 4 stars only because I felt like mine was a bit too lemony and not enough balsamic. Might’ve used a lemon that was on the larger side

  7. 5 stars
    This salad is delicious!! I didn’t have any prosciutto, but had all the rest of the ingredients so I decided to give this recipe a try. Outstanding! The addition of just a bit of honey really elevated the flavor profile. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and everyone was back for seconds !! The flavors are incredible. And then the added bonus of this coming together in short time. This will be made many times over this summer !
    Thanks as always !!

  9. 5 stars
    This was so delicious; the lemon zest in the dressing really made the salad summery! I tried to cut the proscuitto smaller so there were bit sized pieces but it was hard to separate the pieces – any hints?

    1. Hi Cherie,
      Thanks for trying the recipe! If you want smaller pieces of prosciutto I would recommend dicing. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    YUM! This salad is so flavorful and hearty! I added in some spinach with the warm farro to add some vegetables!

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe was SO GOOD! This was the second recipe I’ve made from HBH and the flavors come together beautifully. It’s the perfect summer salad and I will definitely be coming back to it again.

  12. 5 stars
    This was SO GOOD. This was the second recipe I’ve made from HBH and wow, the flavors come together beautifully. It’s the perfect summer salad and I will definitely be coming back to it.

  13. 5 stars
    Made it with gluten free pasta. It was so good! I can’t even tell why, I think the basil- but it was delicious!!

  14. What a delicious salad! I wished I would of had the fresh basil, I know it would of made this dish even better. But, like with so many of your recipes, I love the versatility. Thank you Tieghan!

  15. 5 stars
    Omg this is amazing, I’m obsessed. I added some mixed greens and crisped the prosciutto because the deli cut it a bit too thick but wow. The flavor combination was perfectly balanced. This is my new go to food blog.

      1. 5 stars
        I crisped the prosciutto but otherwise made exactly as the recipe states. The whole family loved it. Had it over arugula for lunch the next day. Adding this to my go-tos for bringing to a summer BBQ.

        1. Hey Alyssa,
          Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! Have never had or cooked farro before!!! So yummy. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful grain!!!! Whole family loved it❤️❤️❤️

  17. Gmorning! What is the fresh herb you used w the tiny white flowers? This salad looks AhhMazing! 🌸💖🌼Thank you🌼💖🌸

    1. Hi Vicki,
      It is cilantro! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. 4 stars
    This recipie was good but it needed a little seasoning at the end. I added a decent amount of salt and pepper. I also added 4-5 cloves of garlic to the salad at the end and some balsamic glaze.

  19. 5 stars
    Yum! Lemon is a must! We used bacon instead of prosciutto, and I added chopped kale to the bottom. It was great! That is the fourth recipe I have made that my family loved! Thanks SO much:)

  20. I love farro! So much more than quinoa. I was happy to see this recipe as I have some in the freezer (living in the South, you need to keep grains away from bugs!) I don’t have a lot of tomatoes on hand, but just picked some beautiful basil from the garden. So, I’m thinking your base salad with cucumbers, carrots, maybe some snow peas . . .can you tell what’s in my fridge right now. Then a can of tuna or salmon in place of the prosciutto. Dinner is done!

  21. 5 stars
    Love this salad. Always liked farro, since the first time I tried it. Wish you would use it more often. I would like to see a new recipe using apricots. They are in season right now.

  22. 5 stars
    I totally agree, summer food is here! What about sharing with us your favorite food to cook on the BBQ?
    Meat, fish or vegetarian, I am all in!