Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Gorgonzola – this colorful salad is full of flavor and so easy to prepare, perfect for a dinner party or a healthy lunch.
I love farro, it is a protein-rich grain with a wonderful nutty flavor and a nice chewy texture. It is very versatile and can be used in a variety of preparations including soups and salads.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my recipe for Quinoa with Pomegranate, Pistachios and Feta, I really love the combination of pomegranate with the nutty quinoa and thought that pomegranate would also go well in a farro salad and that certainly is the case.
This Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Gorgonzola has a wonderful combination of flavors, textures and colors. It is also rich in protein and fiber, Vitamins A and C and antioxidants.
This delicious Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Gorgonzola is so easy to make and can be prepared in about 30 minutes, with the help of a couple of shortcuts. I used quick cook farro and a package of peeled and cut butternut squash, both of which I picked up at my local Trader Joe’s. (I also already had on hand pomegranate arils which I had removed from a pomegranate, you can also purchase a package of pomegranate arils at Trader Joe’s.)
While the butternut squash and red onion are roasting in the oven, I prepared the farro and an orange vinaigrette. Once the farro was cooked and drained, I added it to my dressing, along with some fresh parsley and the roasted butternut squash and red onion and tossed to combine.
I like to serve this salad on a bed of baby green lettuces. I mounded the lettuce on a serving platter (you can also use individual plates) and topped it with my farro and squash mixture. I then topped the salad with some pomegranate arils and gorgonzola cheese crumbles.
The resulting Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Gorgonzola is so delicious and full of flavor. The farro provides a nice nutty chewiness which goes so well with the sweet and savory combination of roasted butternut squash and red onion. Pomegranate arils give the salad a nice tangy crunch and gorgonzola provides a creamy, cheesy bite; the orange vinaigrette and parsley provide brightness and freshness.
This flavorful Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Gorgonzola can be served warm, at room tempature or chilled. This colorful salad would be perfect for a dinner party, it can be prepared before guests arrive and will hold up well and look beautiful on the table or buffet.
This delicious salad would also be great for potluck or brunch party, it also wonderful for a healthy lunch, which is how I’ve been enjoying it this week.
Do you have a favorite preparation for farro? Please let me know in the comments below!