Kale, butternut squash, and farro salad. Yep, it’s health food. And yep, it may just change the minds of those reluctant to eat “hippie” food like vegetables and whole grains.
This kale, butternut squash, and kale salad may conjure notions of autumn but it’s actually really quite lovely all year long.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Kale, Butternut Squash, and Farro Salad
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- 20 M
- 50 M
- Serves 6
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- To make this dish gluten-free, swap out the farro for rice or quinoa.
Recipe Testers Reviews
Healthy, hearty and versatile. What's not to love about this butternut squash and farro salad? I found the combination of sweet potatoes and butternut squash to work beautifully together to create a perfect side dish or go-to lunch to pack for work. I served it alongside grilled pork chops and then added ricotta salata to it the next day for my lunch box. The recipe is easy to follow and quick to make. I cooked the veggies for 25 minutes and found that some were cooked more than others, but I liked the mix in the salad. I used baby kale and brown rice. I think a squeeze of lemon juice would be nice in this salad for a bit of brightness.
This butternut squash and farro salad is a super easy and nutritious weeknight dinner. I came home with pre-cut butternut squash and triple-washed baby kale greens and immediately put together the veggies to go in the oven and started cooking the quinoa. The dinner practically made itself while I put away the rest of the groceries and freshened up for dinner. I love having this kind of “base” recipe under my belt because it gives me freedom to tweak it or add what I happen to have on hand. The easiest way to create a variation is to toss the squash and onions with whatever herbs and spices you’re in the mood for along with the oil. (I’d love to try it with baharat spice mix from the Baharat Roast Chicken recipe or the ras el hanout from the Moroccan Lentil Soup recipe. Rubbing the kale with oil and salt wilted the leaves nicely and the salad as a whole had a more cohesive and better mouthfeel. Also, I recommend mashing the roasted garlic cloves into a paste before stirring the salad so that the garlic flavor gets dispersed evenly.
I love a hearty salad and I am always looking for new recipes to try. Loved the sweet flavors of the roasted squash, fresh baby kale, and flavorful farro salad.