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Farro Fall Salad

  • Author: Natalie

Description

Farro Fall Salad, pretty much my dream Salad. Healthy, Delicious, Vegetarian, Vegan, Satisfying, Beautiful, need any more convincing? Delicata Squash, Kale, Pepitas, Dates with an Orange Maple Vinaigrette. You’re Welcome 🙂


Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Farro, dry
  • 1 Delicata Squash, washed, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 4 Cups Kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
  • The zest of one Orange, optional
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice, about half a large orange
  • 2 TBSP White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • 3 TBSP minced shallots
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside until ready to use.
  2. Wash the Delicata Squash. Slice either vertically in the middle or horizontally lengthwise. Remove the seeds, then slice into 1/4″ slices. Drizzle with EVOO, season with Salt & Pepper. Give it a mix so everything is well coated and spread on the baking sheet. Put in the oven for approximately 30 minutes flipping half way through.
  3. While the Squash is cooking you can cook the Farro. Cook 1 cup dried Farro per the package directions. Set aside to cool. Even if it’s still slightly warm that’s ok.
  4. Wash & Stem the kale. Chop it up and measure 4 cups. Add the Kale to a large mixing bowl, drizzle lightly with EVOO, season with salt and massage the Kale with your hands for 2-4 minutes (details about this step are in post).
  5. To the massaged Kale, add the cooled Farro, the pitted chopped dates, and the zest of an orange (optional).
  6. In a mason jar, add 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, maple syrup, white balsamic, EVOO, minced shallots, salt and pepper. Give it a shake and add to the Farro mixture.
  7. Mix everything together, give it a taste and adjust seasoning. Add the delicata squash and mix carefully not to break up the squash to much.
  8. Sprinkle the salad with the Pepitas and serve.

Notes

*This Salad is better enjoyed the same day  but leftovers will hold up nicely in the fridge for a few days. It might be a little dry, just jazz it up with a little more EVOO and Orange Juice.