Jewelled Farro & Wild Rice Jewelled Farro & Wild Rice

Image: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Geary House

A mélange of farro, wild rice, dried apricots and pomegranate, this beautiful, hearty side will add a hit of fall flavour to your holiday table.

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour
  • Portion size 8 servings


Rice Blend:


Rice Blend: In saucepan, bring rice and 8 cups water to boil. Lower heat to simmer; cover and cook for 25 minutes. Turn off heat; let stand until tender, about 25 minutes (most of the grains will be split). Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Place in large bowl.

Meanwhile, in separate saucepan, bring 8 cups water to boil. Add farro; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Transfer to bowl with rice. 

Dressing: In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook garlic and shallots, stirring frequently, until fragrant and tender, about 1 minute. Add vinegar, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add to rice mixture. 

Add parsley, pomegranate seeds, apricots and almonds. Stir to combine.

Test Kitchen Tip: Farro, an ancient grain that’s enjoyed for its hearty chewy texture, is an excellent stand-in for rice.  

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 8 g
  • Sodium 304 mg
  • Sugars 21 g
  • Protein 11 g
  • Calories 420
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Potassium 706 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 66 g


  • Iron 21
  • Folate 19
  • Calcium 7
  • Vitamin A 12
  • Vitamin C 15
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Jewelled Farro & Wild Rice