Healthy Recipe from our Doctor: Farro Salad


Dr. Andrea DeNeen enjoys making farro salad for her family as part of a heart healthy dinner. Farro has been part of the Italian cuisine for thousands of years. It has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber and 28 grams of protein per cup. It is rich in minerals that may relieve tension and menstrual cramps. In addition, farro is high in vitamin B3, which helps the body break down carbohydrates and fat. Dr. DeNeen loves mixing farro into a salad. It brings a nutty flavor with undertones of oats and barley. 


  • 1 cup of farro
  • 10 ounces of tuna
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cucumber (cubed)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 15-20 leaves of lettuce
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Bring 2.5 cups of water and 1 cup of farro to a boil
  2. Reduce the simmer until farro is tender
  3. Drain farro and refrigerate until cold
  4. While waiting for the farro to cool, combine tuna, chopped onions, cubed cucumbers, cherry tomatoes & lettuce
  5. Add cold farro and toss all the ingredients together
  6. Add olive oil, then salt & pepper to taste

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