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Hearty Farro Salad With Winter Squash & Chèvre

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Hearty Farro Salad With Winter Squash & Chèvre

Spring is here (even if it’s gone back to more seasonal chilly weather). But I still have a ton of winter squash sitting in the pantry. And they’re not getting any younger…

So I decided to make one of my favorite lunches – a hearty farro salad with roasted delicata squash, baby spinach, goat cheese, a sprinkling of dried cranberries and toasted squash seeds, and a light vinaigrette.

I began by roasting the squash since that takes the longest. Just olive oil, salt and pepper is all you need. The roasting brings out the sweetness and the squash has a lovely nutty flavor. We also roasted the seeds as they are really lovely – I like them even better than pumpkin seeds.

Roasted delicata squash by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Then I cooked up a mess of farro – a lovely ancient grain that is a living ancestor of wheat (it’s official name is emmer wheat) that has a truly scrumptious nutty flavor to it and a nice, slightly chewy consistency.

Farro by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I had some fresh herbs on hand, so I chopped those up and tossed them into the farro, too, since you can’t go wrong with fresh parsley, basil and dill.

Trio of herbs by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Then I put the salad together on a bed of baby spinach, topping it with some chunks of chèvre, some of the roasted delicata squash seeds and a small handful of dried cranberries for added hints of sweetness. I drizzled olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper over it all and tucked in. Heavenly!

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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7:56AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

farro... I need to remember that.

11:37PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012


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6:36PM PDT on May 17, 2012

sounds great, thanks for sharing this recipe

10:31AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Never heard of farro but will be looking for it at the health food store and will be sure to try this recipe. Thanks for posting the recipe Eve.

2:24PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Thanks for the tip, I will definitely have to try this recipe out!

12:08AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:59PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012


7:27PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Going to give this tasty dish a try. Thank you

9:30AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I love trying new recipes. Thanks!!!!

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