Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Farro Salad

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Farro Salad

I have been on quite the whole grain kick lately. With lettuce and other summer vegetables that commonly go into salads a bit more expensive now, I have really been enjoying the more wintery vegetables in whole grain salads as a nice alternative. There was one cup of the farro left in my cupboard just asking to be eaten and I knew that it was time for another farro salad. I have just been looking for excuses to roast cauliflower ever since I found out how good it was when roasted and I was thinking that a roasted cauliflower farro salad would be perfect. The next thing that came to mind was adding some tasty roasted red peppers which are always a favorite. I like roasted red peppers so much that I roasted a bunch of them in the fall when they were in season and froze them for later. Now it is pretty convenient to be able to just thaw them out and use them when needed. I finished the salad off with some onions, chickpeas, walnuts and a simple vinaigrette. The roasted cauliflower and red pepper farro salad turned out great! The chewy farro went well with the roasted cauliflower and the roasted red peppers and feta added a ton of flavour. I enjoyed the salad warm the first night and the leftovers were just as good straight from the fridge.

Ingredients:
1 small cauliflower (cut into florets)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 roasted red pepper (chopped)
1 cup chickpeas
1 cup farro (cook as directed on package)
1 handful red onion (chopped)
1/4 cup feta (crumbled)
1/4 cup walnuts (toasted)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 handful parsley (chopped)

Directions:
1. Toss the cauliflower florets in the olive oil with the salt and pepper.
2. Arrange the cauliflower florets in a single layer in a baking dish.
3. Roast the cauliflower in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
4. Place the cauliflower, red pepper, chickpeas, farro, onion, feta and walnuts in a bowl and mix.
5. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl.
6. Pour the dressing over the salad followed by the parsley and mix.

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57 comments:

duodishes said...

We've never jumped into the world of farro. Maybe we can start with your recipe!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I have been hearing how good cauliflower is roasted! I sure have to give it a try!

No Thyme To Cook said...

Love cauliflower, never tried farro. looks delicious, will have to try! thanks!

Gina said...

I've never had farro, where do you buy it? I love caulifower!

Hayley said...

This recipe sounds perfect for me! Everything in it sounds so delicious, especially that roasted cauliflower. Thanks Kevin!

Beachlover said...

wow! this is a colorful salad!!what a great idea to use cauliflower to make salad!

Rita said...

This is my kind of dish! Love that you added chickpeas to it.

MeetaK said...

now this is my kind of recipe! i'd be happy with a few bowlfuls and nothing else. lovely idea to use cauliflower here!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Farro tastes so great! Your salad looks really scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Navita said...

thats hell of a dish for a closet cook..;p
Hi First time here n u sure have a treasure trove of tips & great recipes...loved it n wud be back for sure.

Stopped by to say HI as i'm on a frend-making spree..;p
u c i'm new to the blogosphere..3 months old only. :)

tada!

Sophie said...

Kevin, this looks yummie:)!
I adore cooking with whole grains! Good job!

Nina Timm said...

I am intrigued by all the flavors you put in your salads, Kevin. So healthy and delicious!

Jan said...

A lovely looking salad! I have never tried farro - I will have to give it a go.

Donna-FFW said...

Just discovered your blog. Can't wait to thoroughly go through it. our dishes look amazing!!

Joanne said...

Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorites and after seeing some of your faro salads, I know that I really need to try it! Did you buy it in your regular supermarket or did you have to go to a specialty store?

Natashya said...

I love roasted cauliflower, but I have yet to try farro - it is on the list!
I envy you being able to go to the market so handily - you have such an awesome selection there.
I love this meal, so very healthy and colourful.

VeggieGirl said...

Incredible. Period.


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Ben said...

Now I will have to try farro, never had it before.

Chef Fresco said...

I have not roasted many vegetables, I usually grill them. Although, being that it is so flipping cold I might have to give this a try. Superb dish Kevin!

Jeanne said...

Oh YUM! You certainly are on a farro trip lately. Love the sound of this - the chewy farro, the sweet cauliflower and the tang of the peppers. Perfect.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Never roasted Cauliflower before this is a must try - Looks wonderful and so new year healthy!!

Tasty Trends said...

that looks very good...nice and healthy!

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh that looks really yummy!

Elra said...

Healthy and delicious, good meal Kevin.
Cheers,
Elra

Grace said...

well, this is just full of goodness! in my humble opinion, cauliflower isn't worth eating unless it's roasted or surrounded by other yummy stuff, and you've done both!

lisaiscooking said...

That look so good! Great idea to freeze roasted peppers.

Maggie said...

This sounds like a great combination. I've been craving roasted cauliflower but keep forgetting to get it at the store. I have been making lots of root vegetable soup, they are really cheap right now.

Dana McCauley said...

I'm relatively inexperienced when it comes to cooking farro. I really must change that fact!

We Are Not Martha said...

Healthy and delicious looking?? Yes, please! Plus, I'll eat anything with feta involved. ANYTHING!

Sues

Sharon said...

Wow, love how you came up with this dish! Awesome Kevin!

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Alexa said...

That salad looks amazing! I love how hardy and delicious it sounds. The contrasts in textures must make it a really special meal.

Paula said...

I love all things cauliflower! This is a great recipe with lots of flavor and texture. Marjie posted a different type of cauliflower recently, and now you have this one ... I can't resist the lure of the cauliflower! I'll be getting some next time I go shopping!

Bobby said...

this salad looks really good. I have never tasted roasted cauliflower before but I can imagine its great!

Esi said...

I've never had farro, but you keep coming up with good ways to put it to use. I will have to try it soon.

Emily said...

This looks so healthy and delicious! And of course... a beautiful photograph.

Alison said...

This is a great blog! I really enjoy seeing what your up to. Good photos too.

Deborah said...

I need to eat more whole grains, and this would be a perfect way to do that!

ttfn300 said...

ooh, i need to buy cauliflower more!!

Jan said...

I guess farro might make an appearance in Oklahoma in about another 10 years time. :-) Pity, that salad looks srummy.

Indonesia-Eats said...

I love to make my own roasted red peppers to...
This must be "yummylicious" as you added feta.

Karen said...

The ingredients you used sound so perfectly complimentary! I like the addition of chickpeas!

Kristen said...

This is such a fantastic idea. I always eat less salad in the winter, but you know what... didn't know why I didn't think to use these winter veggies. Great looking salad!

Judy said...

Roasted red peppers are almost a staple in our house. I love roasted cauliflower & broccoli, and everything else in this salad, except I've never ever tried farro. You make it sound so inviting.

Kevin said...

Joanne: I sometimes see it at larger grocery stores, though I usually have more luck at small specialty shops. I imagine that small health food shops would have it as well.

HoneyB said...

Oh wow, this looks so delicious!

kickpleat said...

this looks so good and hearty! who says you can't make friends with salad?

Pam said...

Gorgeous, tasty, and healthy! Who could ask for anything more??

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

wow, this looks good. I love cauli but needed a more exciting new way to use it. Thanks for this recipe.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This not only sounds delicious, it looks so pretty too! I am definitely going to have to try roasting some cauliflower.

Em Dog said...

Amazing! Thanks for sharing!! Farro is a lot like spelt, but doesn't get mushy like spelt. That's great. My son has allergies but can eat this grain, so any recipes I can find I LOVE!
Thanks, again.
Em

Aggie said...

I haven't tried Farro yet...but would love to. This salad looks awesome!! I love whole grains!

Christina said...

Oh yum, I love cauliflower! I'm definitely going to give this one a try!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Help!
I bought Farro but no cooking instructions on the package. Or maybe there are but it's in Italian (or something like that). And I planned to make the Mushroom and Thyme Farro Salad too.
How do you cook Farro? Can you e-mail me – nurit@familyfriendlyfood.com? I wanted to cook it today. Cauliflower is already roasted :)
I also linked those two recipes on my blog.
THANKS!!!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Kevin,
I made this salad tonight. It was fantastic!
This recipe should be in a cookbook!
Thank you for sharing it.

Playa Chiquita Lodge said...

I would love to see the closet side kitchen space that you work at!!!! If you are able to create this amazing dishes on that size kitchen there still is hope for me!!!!! Great stuff!!1

Anonymous said...

I a making this today! I was able to find a 3 lb bag of organic pearled farro at Costco a while back. Roasted cauliflower is delish!

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