This Black Bean Farro with Avocado, fresh grains (farro) and black beans, queso fresco, and lovely cherished avocados on top–makes a lovely presentation.

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Friends, we love this vegetarian meal: Black Bean Farro with Avocado!

You can substitute the farro for brown rice or white rice, and add your favorite dressing on top. Or, squeeze fresh lime over the dish!

It’s a lovely vegetarian meal for your family!

Black Bean Farro with Avocado

It has fresh grains (farro) and black beans, queso fresco, and delicious avocados on top!

A great weeknight meal.

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • Pre-cooked farro (or brown rice)
  • Salt and pepper and olive oil
  • Mixed onion, shallots, and garlic
  • Black beans
  • Corn or chili corn salsa (we buy at Trader Joe’s)
  • Regular salsa
  • Cumin
  • Avocados
  • Queso fresco
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Favorite dressing or fresh lime for topping (optional)

Julie Childs quote

I love this saying: People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child

Have you ever gone out to dinner, or gone to a party, where someone refuses to eat, and they actually bring more attention to themselves by not eating? I’m sure there are reasons why a person wouldn’t be joining in, but my point is – eating is so intimate and personal, and when a member of the group can’t participate, the joy of a meal just isn’t complete.

julia child

It really does bring you closer to the person you are dining with (when the conversation is good), and the sharing is a beautiful thing.

So, back to Julia Child. She had it right.

I recently made this simple, Black Bean Farro Avocado,  for a couple of friends who came over.

I mean, it is SO simple.

But they loved it.

Using fresh grains (farro) and black beans, queso fresco, and the lovely cherished avocados (that we all adore in our home) – it made such a lovely presentation, with fresh cilantro piled on top.

Set this dish down in the middle of the table for 4 hungry people.

Enjoying an intimate few hours at the table, a glass of wine, and sharing lives.

To us, that does make the best kind of people.

When’s the last time you had 1 or 2 people over for a healthy, simple meal? No extras or frills?

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Black Bean Farro with Avocado

Cook the farro ahead of time and store in refrigerator until ready to reheat and serve. You can serve this on a large platter plain, or with a side of salsa.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 6 cups pre-cooked farro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 oz. mixed onion, shallots, garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 15 oz cans Bush’s Black Beans
  • 1 cup corn, or chili corn salsa
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Saute onion mixture in olive oil. Drain the beans and add to the onions. Add the corn, salsa, and cumin. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Layer precooked farro (heated) on a large platter. Layer the bean mixtures on top, ending with layered avocado, queso fresco, and chopped cilantro leaves. Serve!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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