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Carrot, Chickpea, and Farro Salad with Thyme RecipeCarrot, Chickpea, and Farro Salad with Thyme


Carrot, Chickpea, and Farro Salad with Thyme Recipe

This nutritious and filling dish can be eaten alone as a vegetarian meal, but it also serves as a delicious side dish for fish or poultry. Farro, a type of whole wheat, cooks up with a nutty flavor and chewy texture that goes well with the firm, sweet carrots and soft, protein-rich chickpeas.

Tips for the cook: This dish can easily be doubled if you need to feed a crowd. Any of your favorite whole grains can be substituted for the farro. Try wheat berries, quinoa, or sorghum. You can also double the carrots and chickpeas and leave out the farro for a grain-free version.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/6 recipe
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
2%Saturated Fat 0.3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 194mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.8g
Dietary Fiber 7.3g
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 6.4g
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Yield: 6 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of peeled and sliced carrots
  • 2 tbsp vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 can (15 oz.) low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups cooked farro
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a deep skillet (one that has a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the carrots and cook for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables begin to brown.
  3. Add the stock or water and place the lid on the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium and let cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until the carrots reach your desired tenderness.
  4. Stir in the thyme and chickpeas. Cook for 1 more minute. Add the salt and pepper. Stir in the farro.
  5. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with chives.
Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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