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delicious and hearty winter dinner idea

Warm Winter Kale Farro Salad

  • Author: Jane Clifford | The Kailyaird
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This warm and hearty winter kale farro salad is healthy, filling and satisfying. Roasted butternut squash can be substituted for your favorite squash types, such as delicate or acorn. To be dairy free, simply omit the sprinkled goat cheese on top. The dairy free dressing is creamy and tangy.



1 cup farro

3 cups water

1 small butternut squash

57 leaves of kale (about half a bundle)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

4 tbs crumbled goat cheese

2 tbs dijon mustard (or mustard of choice)

2 tbs apple cider vinegar

1 tbs honey

1/2 fresh lemon juiced (or about 2 tbs lemon juice)


Rinse farro

Cook farro according to directions or bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of farro, simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, until farro is chewy and tender.

While farro is cooking, preheat oven to 425°

Slice butternut squash in half (tip to make this easier, poke holes all over butternut squash, and microwave for 4 minutes which makes the squash just tender enough to more easily slice)

Peel butternut squash

Cut butternut squash into 1″ cubes

Bake butternut squash at 425° for about 30 minutes, to get good charred bits, for the last couple minutes, turn oven on broil, and watch carefully. You can go from perfectly golden brown to burnt very quickly.

Wash kale carefully, when harvesting from the garden, little creatures like to sometimes hide in the folds.

Slice kale crosswise in 1″ wide strips.

Make dressing by combining mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, and lemon juice and set aside.

While farro is still hot, fold in kale, which will wilt the kale slightly without making it limp. Add in butternut squash, and walnuts, drizzle dressing and stir to combine.

Dish out, and top with crumbled goat cheese.



If you enjoy a plant based diet, simply omit the crumbled goat cheese. And, for our carnivorous folks, add grilled chicken or salmon on top and enjoy.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: PNW Rustic