Mediterranean Grain Salad

// Mediterranean Grain Salad

Prep Time

6 mins

Cook Time

25-30 mins

Free Time

to go for a family bike ride

Cook perfect grains in the microwave every time! This big batch salad is tossed with nutty farro, crunchy vegetables, and fresh spring greens. The Extra Large dish’s tall, beveled sides make it the ideal dish to cook a generous serving to feed the whole family.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 cup (200g) pearled farro
  • 1⅓ cups (320 ml) water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • ½ cup (75g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup (75g) cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup (40g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ (1.2oz) packaged salad greens (such as spring mix or arugula)


  1. Combine farro, water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper in the Extra Large Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 25 minutes, or until farro is cooked through with a slight bite. Let rest for 5 minutes, allowing the farro to finish steaming evenly.
  3. Stir in lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and remaining olive oil, tossing to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Mix in the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and salad greens and toss until fully incorporated.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Keep it vegan by substituting feta cheese for diced green apples.
  • For a Waldorf-style salad, mix the farro with chopped celery, sliced grapes, chopped toasted walnuts and parsley.

Recipe notes

  • To make this salad ahead of time, keep all of the veggies separate and toss the dish together when you’re ready to enjoy.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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