I have a few good uses for beets, but it’s easy to get bored of them when they show up every single week in the CSA box. Imagine my delight when I ran across this recipe for farro salad with roasted kale and beets — a new use for beets, hurrah!
This warm salad is even better than it sounds. It has to be my favorite use for beets yet, and we all know how I feel about kale. The goat cheese just makes the whole thing, and farro is a grain I clearly need to experiment with more!
I almost bought a bunch of curly kale at the farmer’s market last week, just because it was so pretty, but I resisted. Good thing I did, since a beautiful bunch showed up in our CSA box a few days later! The curly kale worked great in this dish, but I’m sure any variety would work fine.
Nora absolutely cleaned her plate at lunch the next day, and begged for more of mine, too!
You really can’t go wrong with this one. I’ll definitely be incorporating more farro into my repertoire this summer — what a great find!
Farro Salad with Roasted Kale and Beets
Based on this recipe
3 beets, scrubbed and thinly sliced on a mandoline*
2 bunches kale, tough ribs removed and leaves roughly torn
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 Tbs olive oil
1 lb farro
Juice of one lemon
3 oz fresh goat cheese
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the beets, kale, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast until the beets are soft and the kale is tender, 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cover the farro with cold water in a medium saucepan, season with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain excess water, then toss to combine with roasted vegetables in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice and divide amongst bowls. Crumble goat cheese over the salad and serve hot or warm.
* The original recipe called for the beets to be peeled, but as long as you scrub them well, and they aren’t too old, the peel is fine and you won’t even know it’s there.