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Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

cooking for luv farro salad with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin vinaigrette

19 Oct Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

October holds a special place in my heart. It’s a month of changing leaves, costumes (my favorite!), and all things pumpkin (ok, and it just happens to be my birthday month too!). With pumpkin on my mind, I created this easy little healthy pumpkin infused salad to honor the great October (it would also be a great Thanksgiving dish!). If you’re feeling ambitious, take it a step further and dice up a fresh pie pumpkin, roast in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes (until golden) with a little oil an salt, and toss the little croutons in for a pumpkin trifecta!

 

Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Serves 4
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Salad Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pearled or semi-pearled farro, cooked to package instructions
  2. 1/2 bunch of curly purple or green kale (about 6 stems)
  3. Leaves from 6 sprigs of thyme
  4. ¾ cup toasted salted pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas)
  5. ¼ cup dried cherries
  6. ¼ cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (optional)
  7. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Pumpkin Vinaigrette Ingredients
  1. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (or ¼ cup pumpkin seed oil + ½ cup olive oil if you can find)
  2. 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  5. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  6. ½ teaspoon sea salt
Make Vinaigrette
  1. Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
Prep and Massage Kale
  1. Destem kale and chop into small bite size pieces. Add to the dressing and massage for a minute to tenderize kale.
Putting it All Together
  1. Add farro, cherries, and thyme to the dressing/kale mix (save a little extra of everything for garnish). Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Plate and top with goat cheese (if using).
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