Roasted Cranberry Farro Salad with Curry Dressing

Roasted Cranberry Farro Salad with Curry Dressing

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I told you the cranberry madness was far from over. Meh, as far as I’m concerned, it’s still the holiday season and cranberries are still very much allowed. This time I decided to roast them because I wanted fresh cranberries in a salad, but I figured just popping fresh cranberries in, might make for a way too-tart salad. So, I put them in the oven for a few to roast them a bit and mellow them out. This resulted in a sweeter (but still nice and tart!) berry.

Oh, before I jump into the recipe, did you all have a good Christmas?? I had a glorious couple of days at my parents’ house- lounging around, eating a lot, opening gifts, and just being lazy and relaxed. The absolute best kind of vacation in my mind!

And now I desperately feel like I need a detox. But I’m not exactly going to be getting one any time soon…. In just two weeks, I’m going to Napa and Sonoma for my very first time! And not only that, but Chris and I have reservations at the one and only French Laundry! I’m not quite sure I could be any more excited and every time I think about it, I want to yell with joy. The holidays certainly aren’t over for me!

So, instead of going on any kind of detox, I’m just trying to sneak in healthier food whenever possible. My Vitamix has been pumping out the green juice and I’m going to attempt a carrot beet juice later today. But I’ll still be snacking and treating myself (new year’s dinner at Puritan and Company in Boston!) so as to not put my body into full shock when I sit down at the French Laundry. I’m just trying to be smart here.

This recipe, though? It’s healthy without being all up in your face like “hi, I’m healthy; you must eat me now. DO IT.” It’s a bit more discrete than that. Thank goodness.

Roasted Cranberry Farro Salad with Curry Dressing (serves about 6):
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  • 2 C fresh cranberries
  • 2 C Butternut squash, diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 C farro
  • 2 C baby kale (or regular kale with ribs removed and chopped)
  • 2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 2 t honey
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil

(pre-heat oven to 350 degrees)

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Toss cranberries and butternut squash in olive oil and place them on a baking sheet.

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Don’t mix them together as you’ll need to remove the cranberries before the squash!

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Pop in the oven at 350 degrees. Remove cranberries to a bowl after 10 minutes. Keep butternut squash in the oven for about 15-20 minutes longer, until tender.

They’re almost kinda like dried cranberries, but still juicy and with their natural tartness. Fresh is always best!

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Prepare farro according to directions. I used 1 1/2 C dry to generate a nice big bowl of it.

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Add roasted cranberries and squash to the farro. And mix in kale and goat cheese.

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Whisk the curry powder, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil together in a small bowl.

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Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

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A healthy salad that most definitely doesn’t make me feel like I’m eating healthy. Hoorah! Eat this with a big glass of green juice and you’re basically the healthiest person in the world. Though green juice is most certainly a bit more in your face healthy.

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I’m absolutely obsessed with how the roasted cranberries turned this farro a pretty shade of red here. Kind of like beets might do? But not beets. My husband absolutely hates beets. Cranberries are way more palatable.

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Speaking of, I made sugared cranberries the other day. And omg yum. I want to snack on them all day long. Aside from the sugar, they’re super healthy. Oh, the sugar is 50% of the recipe? Whatevs.

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I brought this salad to work for a week straight and felt completely satisfied and happy after eating lunch. I think all the flavors are super fabulous, but the curry dressing is the perfect touch!

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I don’t let curry into my life nearly enough and that needs to change. Anyone have any must-make recipes involving it?

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This salad was most definitely a winner and one I will be making into 2014, as well. If you’re not big on farro, you could replace it with quinoa or really any other grain you choose! You could use feta cheese instead of the goat cheese, too. The options are legit endless!

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I know it’s still December and I hope you’re not mad at me for giving you a healthy-ish recipe before the new year. It’s all about balance, right? Now I’ll just have to go eat some leftover Christmas cookies and a tall glass of cold egg nog.

OK I’m going back to my serious Napa and Sonoma trip planning! I’m a little overwhelmed with all the options right now, but if you have any must-see recommendations, please let me know!

Are you having a happy holiday season?


18 Responses to "Roasted Cranberry Farro Salad with Curry Dressing"

  1. those mini le creuset are just the cutest things ever!

  2. This sounds like just what I need. I love farro and I found yet another bag of cranberries in my freezer, so I can totally make this!

  3. Christina says:

    Your little crockettes are so cute! Is that what they’re called?

    This recipe sounds great. I make rice/barley salads for my boyfriend’s lunches and often repeat flavors because I get stumped. Definitely going to bookmark this for next week. I don’t think he’s familiar with farro so that will be a good change.

  4. Claudia says:

    I never thought I’d say this before the New Year – but I am lusting after healthy foods already. And I love, love cranberries. I keep a huge stash from the autumn’s Farmer’s Market – they are not just for Thanksgiving. Thanks for giving me a salad with heft (it’s cold in MN) and health! Enjoy Napa and live it all to the fullest! Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve never roasted cranberries. I’m intrigued and added the ingredients to our grocery list for tomorrow!

    Hubby just recently made Alton Brown’s chicken pot pie with curry in it. I felt the same way – we don’t use curry nearly enough in our house. It was delicious. You should check it out.

  6. This sounds really scrumptious, and I am having a wonderful holiday season 🙂

  7. Erica says:

    Cranberry is like pumpkin for me..I don’t really feel like it has a season, I like it year round! The salad looks great. Have SO much fun on your trip- can’t wait to see pitures

  8. MM! This is the kind of salad I wouldnt mind second helpings of.

  9. I have some faro in my pantry and now I know how to use it. Love the colors in this beautiful salad.

  10. Debra says:

    This is an incredibly delicious sounding recipe! I cannot wait to give it a try. I’m kind of a novice with farro…and this could become a favorite, I’m certain!

  11. Joanne says:

    Discrete healthy is how I roll. This salad looks awesome. I’m such a farro addict!

  12. Monet says:

    Oh! One of my dreams is to dine at French Laundry. I hope you enjoy every plate and bite! And I am all about more cranberries. This farro salad looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Jill says:

    Just made this for dinner and it was delicious! I substituted roasted beets for the cranberries since Shaw’s was out of stock. Also used quinoa in place of the faro. Thanks for the great recipe- I always forget about curry!

  14. Odetta says:

    This looks so good too! This for lunch doughnuts for dessert!

  15. I keep cranberries in my freezer year round – they are great any time. Have fun on your trip. I bet French Laundry will be amazing!

  16. Susan says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have just one question about the kale. Usually I dress and massage kale long before it’s ready to eat in my salad. I don’t see any such step here, and am wondering if the fresh unmassaged or marinated kale will taste bitter?

  17. Sues says:

    @Susan- With baby kale, you don’t have to worry about it because it’s already a lot less bitter and tough then regular kale. I LOVE kale and drink eat it raw on the regular, but if you don’t like the bitterness, I would definitely massage or marinate in some lemon juice beforehand. I hope that helps!

  18. m says:

    French Laundry? Holy smokes!!!!!!
    Please post your review!!!!

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