Kale, Butternut Squash & Farro Salad with Feta & Pomegranate Recipe

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by Maggie Turansky


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One of my favourite new dinners to throw together on a weeknight is this kale, butternut squash and farro salad with feta and pomegranate. It’s not complicated to make and has a lot of nutritional value, so it makes for an incredibly hearty dinner and flavourful dinner option.

I love kale in all its iterations and find that it’s just as delicious cooked into a soup (such as in my pasta e fagioli) as it is raw in salad form. When it’s massaged with a bit of salt and olive oil and allowed to stand for a bit, then it comes out far more tender than if you were to eat it straight after it’s torn.

Combining the kale with nutty farro, sweet roasted butternut squash, and some crumbled feta and tart pomegranate, there is a lot going on in this salad that makes it an excellent healthy dinner option. Also – you can make (and dress) it ahead of time!

Kale Butternut Squash Farro Salad
Kale, Butternut Squash & Farro Salad

How to Make a Kale, Butternut Squash and Farro Salad

It’s worth noting that this salad, while easy to make, has a few steps involved that can take a bit of time.

You can make it in advance (or parts of it in advance) and a lot of this time is inactive, but it’s still something that you should keep in mind.

Key ingredients for this kale & farro salad
Key ingredients for this kale & farro salad

The first step is to massage your kale. This can be done even a few days in advance, but it needs to be done at least an hour before you plan to eat.

All you need to do is strip the kale from the stalks, thinly slice it and add it to a large bowl.

Drizzle the kale with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Use your hands to massage the kale until the salt and oil are well-distributed and then set it aside.

Massaging the kale
Massaging the kale

Now prep and roast your squash! Peel your butternut squash (use a regular vegetable peeler for this), split it in half and scoop out the seeds.

Then, cut the squash into 4cm wide pieces. Toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, arrange on a sheet tray and roast in a 200°C oven until very tender.

Prepping the butternut squash
Prepping the butternut squash

While the kale is sitting and the squash is roasting is a good time to cook your farro, as well, if you haven’t already. You can also do this a number of days ahead of time.

Next, you can start working on your dressing. This dressing is a little bit different than other vinaigrettes I’ve made in the past (like in my broccoli salad or potato salad recipes), but it is easier if you ask me.

Beginning to make the dressing
Beginning to make the dressing

Add the zest and juice of one lemon to a small mixing bowl. Pour in a bit of olive oil and grate in a clove of garlic.

Then, add a few dashes of the hot sauce of your choice (I like Cholula). Now, add in some thinly-sliced green onions and a few chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

Mixing the dressing for this salad
Mixing the dressing for this salad

Use a spot to thoroughly mix the dressing together and set aside.

Now, all you need to do is assemble your salad. To the bowl with the kale, add your cooked faro, feta, some toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds.

Adding the ingredients to the bowl
Adding the ingredients to the bowl

To really up the flavour, I like to add a bunch of chopped herbs to the mix (parsley and cilantro, in particular), as well. Then, add your butternut squash and toss to combine.

Mixing the salad together
Mixing the salad together

Pour your dressing over the salad and toss until thoroughly combined. You can either then serve it immediately or throw it in the refrigerator for up to a few days! It will keep getting better.

Kale Butternut Squash Farro Salad

Kale, Butternut Squash & Farro Salad with Feta

This hearty salad is deeply flavourful and the perfect main meal for the colder months!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 500 g (18 oz) kale (1 bunch), torn from stems and chopped thin
  • 60 ml (4 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 500 g ( cups) butternut squash peeled and cut into 4cm (1.5-inch) pieces
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 30 ml (1 floz) lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce like Cholula
  • 1-2 green onions sliced thin
  • 80 g (¾ cup) sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 125 g ( cup) farro cooked
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 60 g (¼ cup) feta crumbled
  • 50 g ( cup) pine nuts toasted
  • 10 g (¼ cup) fresh cilantro chopped
  • 10 g (¼ cup) flat-leaf parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Add the kale to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 15ml (1 tablespoon) of the olive oil and sprinkle with a few generous pinches of salt. Using your hands, massage the salt and olive oil into the kale and set aside for at least one hour at room temperature.
    Massaging the kale
  • Meanwhile, toss the butternut squash in another 15ml (1 tablespoon) of olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until the squash is very tender and browned. Set aside to cool.
    Prepping the butternut squash
  • In a small mixing bowl. combine the remaining olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, hot sauce, green onion and sundried tomatoes. Stir until well combined and set aside.
    Mixing the dressing for this salad
  • In the bowl with the kale, add the farro, pomegranate seeds, feta, pine nuts, cilantro and parsley.
    Adding the ingredients to the bowl
  • Add your cooked butternut squash and toss to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well distributed. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve.
    Mixing the salad together

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Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 1779mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 26433IU | Vitamin C: 159mg | Calcium: 494mg | Iron: 7mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This kale, farro and butternut squash salad with feta and pomegranate is easy to make and incredibly flavourful. It’s sure to quickly become a mealtime favourite!

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