Farro and Butternut Squash Salad
Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Squash and Toasted Hazelnuts
Fall is about comfort food, but not all comfort food has to be bad for you. Take farro, a fabulous little nutty grain from Italy that's high in fiber and protein. Toasted before cooked adds a boost of flavor. Toss with any vegetable (roasted or not), herb or cheese on hand. Serve hot or cold - it's that good.
1 butternut or acorn squash, peeled and diced
Olive oil, divided
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 lb. dry farro
1 quart chicken stock (or vegetable)
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch chives
Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Lay squash in one layer on a sheet tray and toss with olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) and season with salt. Roast 20-25 minutes until golden brown, using a spatula half-way through to rotate. Set aside to cool.
In a pasta pot add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and toast farro until slightly browned and nutty. Add stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer lightly until farro is al dente, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside in a large bowl. Add squash, hazelnuts and lemon juice. Season with additional salt and olive oil (about 2-3 tablespoons more) as needed.
Top with parsley and chives.