Mediterranean Shrimp & 
Farro Pilaf Recipe | Clean Dinners - Clean Eating Magazine

Mediterranean Shrimp & Farro Pilaf

Always choose your carbohydrates carefully to keep your energy levels steady. Here, we’ve chosen whole-grain farro as the base of our scrumptious 
pilaf – it contains fiber as well as iron, 
a mineral that’s essential for your body 
to make hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to your body’s cells.
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NOTE: Whole-grain farro retains the hull, bran and germ, making it nutritionally superior to semi-pearled and pearled varieties. Before cooking, whole-grain farro must be soaked overnight. If you can’t find whole-grain farro, opt for semi-pearled or pearled varieties, skip the soaking step and reduce cook time to 15 to 30 minutes.

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See alsoWhy Eating Mediterranean Makes Sense. 

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups whole-grain farro, soaked overnight (see note)
  • 1 red onion, cut into small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked great northern beans (or 1 15-oz BPA-free can, drained 
and rinsed)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 tsp raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 8 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted walnuts, toasted 
and chopped


  1. Drain farro and spread it out on a baking sheet to dry slightly.
  2. In a small bowl, combine onion and garlic. In a medium saucepan on medium, add 2 tsp oil. Sauté half of onion and garlic mixture for 1 minute. Add farro, oregano and pepper flakes; stir for 1 minute more. Pour in 2¼ cups water, stir and increase heat to bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low; simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, until farro is tender but still chewy. Stir in beans and ¼ tsp salt; cover to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, 2 tbsp oil, honey, remaining ¼ tsp salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a large sauté pan on medium-high, heat remaining 1 tsp oil. Add remaining half of onion and garlic mixture; sauté for 1 minute. Add spinach and sauté for 2 minutes, until wilted. Toss in shrimp and sauté for 3 minutes, until pink and cooked through.
  5. Transfer farro to a serving bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss. Top with shrimp and spinach and sprinkle with feta and walnuts.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 c farro, 4 shrimp
  • Calories: 565
  • Carbohydrate Content: 73 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 88 mg
  • Fat Content: 19 g
  • Fiber Content: 14 g
  • Protein Content: 29 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 422 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 5 g