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Farro with Roasted Delicata Squash, Kale, and Sherry Vinegar

Cheryl Rule – Farro with roasted delicata squash, kale, and sherry vinegar (orig)_570x320

With hearty farro and fiber-loaded vegetables, this recipe promises to “squash” your hunger. Concerned about bitter kale? Don’t fret, the sherry vinegar will cut the bitterness and leave nothing but luscious greens.

Serves 4 (generously)

• 2 delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped out, cut into thin (1-cm) half-moons
• 6 tablespoons, divided, olive oil
• Salt and pepper
• 1 cup farro
• 2 tablespoons garlic, peeled, smashed, rough-chopped
• 1 bunch kale, leaves zipped from stems and rough chopped, a touch of water clinging
• 3 tablespoons, divided, sherry vinegar
• Optional garnishes: toasted walnuts or pine nuts, cooked lentils or chickpeas, shredded Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on an unlined baking sheet until browned and almost chewy, 20-30 minutes, tossing a few times with a spatula.

Meanwhile, boil the farro in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse to loosen.

In a hot skillet, sauté the garlic over medium heat in 2 tablespoons additional olive oil for a minute or two. Add the kale and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Toss with tongs until starting to wilt. Add 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and cook for another minute, tossing. (If there’s abundant liquid in the skillet, boil it off or tip it out.)

Whisk up the final 2 tablespoons olive oil with the final tablespoon of vinegar and toss through the farro. Spoon the kale and squash over the grains, and serve with or without the optional garnishes.