Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale & Farro Salad
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 :)
10/31/2013 11:17:25 am
Lindsay, Mom made this for me. It was the best salad I ever had. Great job!!
11/9/2013 05:57:50 am
Sounds delicious! I am going to pick up the ingredients when I head to the grocery store and try it out. Wish the ingredients were listed beneath video.
11/15/2013 10:56:47 am
Just made this but I subbed the faro for brown rice since I didn't have any. I also found some orange flavored dried cranberries. Turned out so yummy thanks for the recipe!
11/23/2013 09:29:08 am
Hi Lindsay! So I went to 2 Thanksgiving potlucks with friends last weekend and I brought this to both parties. It was a hit, and everyone asked me where I found the recipe. I hope you'll have some new followers now!
11/25/2013 10:30:35 am
Yay Liz!! Go girl! So glad that it was such a hit! :) xoxoxo
1/17/2014 10:46:22 am
I made this today, sans fruit and nuts (Lany's request) it was still fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
1/26/2014 11:09:50 am
Thank you! I was looking for something delicious to do with farro. It was wonderful to have the recipe, picture, and a quick how to video.
1/30/2014 08:36:48 am
Great!! So glad! :) thank you!
3/16/2014 11:23:24 am
This is AWESOME. I've made it twice this week. My mother-in-law tasted it and said she loved the way I cook. haha Well done!
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