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Farro Chicken Cranberry Arugula Grain Salad

Recipe: Farro Chicken Cranberry Arugula Grain Salad

Summary: Chewy, nutty farro marries rotisserie chicken, peppery arugula and sweet dried cranberries in a simple Tabasco dressing.


  • 2/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries (such as Craisins)
  • 1 cup cooked farro (follow package directions to cook, or see note below)
  • 1 cup diced roasted chicken
  • 1 cup baby arugula, packed into cup and then chopped
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons finely minced shallot


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/8 teaspoon Tabasco® Original Red Sauce


  1. Place the cranberries into a glass measuring cup, cover with water by 1 inch, and microwave on high for about 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes to hydrate the cranberries.
  2. Assemble the salad: Drain cranberries and add them to a large mixing or salad bowl. Add farro, chicken, arugula and shallot and stir to mix well.Farro Chicken Cranberry Arugula Grain Salad on Shockingly Delicious [1]
  3. Make dressing: In a small glass jar, add olive oil and Tabasco. Shake well to combine, and pour dressing over salad. Stir and toss so everything is nicely dressed. It might seem like a small amount of dressing, but it will be fine, trust me.
  4. Portion onto plates or wide, flat bowls, and serve. Serves 2 as a main-dish salad.Farro Chicken Cranberry Arugula Grain Salad on Shockingly Delicious [2]


Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Tabasco Challenge on Shockingly Delicious [3]Tabasco note

This salad has a hot undercurrent but will not blow the top of your head off. If you like more heat, bring the Tabasco bottle to the table and squirt more on your own salad! Tabasco® Original Red Sauce has a Scoville Unit Rating of 2,500-5,000 (Tabasco Habanero has a Scoville of 7,000.) Scoville units are a standardized way of measuring the capsaicin in peppers.

Farro tip

To cut down on the time for cooking farro, soak it in water overnight. Place farro in a bowl and cover with water by at least 1 inch. Farro will expand slightly as it soaks. When ready to cook, drain farro, add it to the pot, cover with fresh water by an inch, and simmer until done. I have found that farro I soak overnight cooks in about 10-12 minutes, as opposed to unsoaked farro, which cooks in 30 or 30+ minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by the McIlhenny Co., the makers of Tabasco. All opinions are my own, and this recipe is a Shockingly Delicious original.