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As a young girl I have vivid memories of my poppy (grandpa) showing me how to crack a walnut with his favorite nutcracker.  Shiny and silver with the feel of chopsticks, only heavier.  Back then, the classic walnut, was more or less a before dinner nosh or occasionally thrown into a fudge brownie mix, chewy chocolate chip cookie or decadent hot fudge sundae.  However, these days, I’d say these crunchy guys are my “goto” topper on everything from yogurt parfaits, to vegetarian pasta dishes and fresh Summer salads.  Hence, it was only natural that when California Walnut approached me about a virtual salad party featuring my favorite chef-inspired “walnut” recipe, I chose a delicious dish created by the phenomenal Joanne Weir.  What an honor!!!  It centers around some hearty farro, sharp cheddar (my favorite) and of course a finish of some toasty California walnuts.  Who’s ready for some stunning salads in a whole new light???

Virtual Salad Party – Take 1

Serves – 6


  • 1 cup farro
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 5 ounces sharp cheddar, 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 green apple, cored and sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoon chopped or snipped fresh chives


  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 3 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper



1.)  Place farro in a bowl and cover with plenty of cold water.  Let sit for 10 minutes.


2.)  Drain and place  farro in a saucepan with low sodium vegetable broth to cover by 2 inches.

3.)  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer and let cook until tender but slightly crunchy.  Drain and spread on a baking sheet to cool.

4.)  While the farro is cooking, whisk dressing ingredients until thoroughly combined.


5.)  In a large mixing bowl gently add faro, toasted walnuts, cheddar cheese, apples, parsley and chives.  Stir in dressing and serve immediately.


#Virtual Salad Party





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13 Responses to Farro, Cheddar, Walnut And Apple Salad #VirtualSaladParty

  1. This salad looks awesome! All those flavors and textures! And, so healthy. I love it!

  2. I’ve never cooked with farro before but this recipe might be just the nudge I need to give it a try. Lovely salad!

  3. This salad looks so tasty! I have never used farro before.

  4. Joanne Weit says:

    Thanks for choosing my recipe! I’m glad that you love salad as much as I do and your rendition looks delicious.

  5. […] Farro Cheddar Walnut & Apple Salad […]

  6. I remember the first time someone made a salad for me with cheddar and apples and I was so scared to try it (I was in elementary school at a sleepover–odd choice of sleepover food, but whatever!) But I have loved this combo ever since.

  7. Love walnuts, love farro, love apples, love cheddar. So of course I’m going to have to make this lovely salad. :-)

  8. Julia says:

    I have been looking for new ways to use farro. I love this recipe and the apple and cheddar pairing. I bet that with the nutty farro would be a great combination!

  9. Kristen says:

    I love this salad. I love farro, my mom makes it all the time. l am gonna go search this hashtag now!

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