Winter Salad with Farro and Acorn Squash

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One of the only redeeming qualities of winter is some of the yummy veggies you get in season.  Acorn Squash is so delicious, but it isn’t really available all year round. Butternut squash gets all the use in the winter as it seems to be a favorite for many people, but I think acorn squash is a little over looked.

It is a little more of a mild flavor than butternut squash, and a bit less sweet.  I like butternut squash, but my complaint about it is the sweetness. I have an amazing butternut squash risotto recipe that I will share with you before winter is over, but for now, with New Years resolutions in mind, I have instead made an acorn squash salad.

They say in winter to not eat too much cold food as it can upset your digestion, but getting a good balance is still ok. Plus as I have mentioned, I have a very tall, hungry husband, so I added warm farro to this salad and we ate the squash fresh out of the oven.

dsc_0487-copyWhat you need:

  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • 1 romaine heart
  • cherry tomatoes (cause I love tomatoes)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • caesar dressing
  • 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked farro (optional)

Pre-Heat your oven to 375F.

Cut your acorn squash in half and dig out the seeds in the middle. Drizzle the cut side with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Roast your acorn squash in a 375F oven, cut side facing up for 30-45min until soft.

While this roasts, make your caesar dressing and chop up all of your lettuce.

Julienne the apple into thin matchstick sized pieces, and slice your tomatoes in half.

If you are including farro, cook this to the packages instructions.  You only need about 1/2 cup of dried farro for this whole salad to have a little extra heartiness to it.

Toss together your veggies and dressing and lemon juice and season your salad.

Once the squash is done, slice it into 1/2 inch thick pieces and enjoy.  The skin should come right off, but it makes for a more clean presentation to leave it on when plating it.

Feel free to add chicken to this or a salmon filet if you don’t want a meatless option, but for a nice meatless Monday option, why not!

 

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