We're in the full swing of Fall, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the season than this flavorful, hearty farro salad. It's bursting with color, healthy ingredients, and so much deliciousness. There's so many flavors in each bite - roasted butternut squash, sauteed kale and shallots, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnuts, fresh thyme, nutty farro, and a citrusy and sweet orange vinaigrette dressing. YUM!
Let's just talk about some of these power foods for a second . . . butternut squash is a total stud of a squash. It's packed with antioxidants and Vitamin A, it's high in fiber, low in fat, provides half your daily dose of Vitamin C in just 1 cup, and even protects against heart disease. For more on this beautiful squash, read this.
How about farro? For those of you who haven't tried it, be prepared to fall in love with this nutty, hearty grain. It's a slow-digesting complex carb that's high in fiber and will keep you full and your energy level high. And of course kale . . . it doesn't get much healthier than this antioxidant-rich "Queen of Greens". So yes, this salad is super healthy, but what's better is that it's ridiculously yummy too! It is the perfect side dish (maybe with your Thanksgiving turkey!) and is equally delish the next day served cold. You ready for this Fall salad? Here we go . . .
1 1/4 cups cooked farro (about 1/2 cup dry)
1 1/2 cups butternut squash - cubed and roasted
1/4 shallot - minced
2 cups kale - chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup hazelnuts - toasted and chopped roughly
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 shallot - minced
1 tbsp champagne vinegar
1/2 tbsp orange zest
1 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp honey
Salt & pepper to taste
I mean how pretty does that look!? Can't wait to hear how you like it! Have a great rest of your week :)
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.