Hearty farro, pillowy goat cheese, spiced pecans, and pears are gently tossed in a simple dressing and topped with roasted delicata squash for a warm grain bowl or a beautiful dish for your Thanksgiving table. This seasonal farro salad has a bite of pear in every forkful, thanks to the spiralized pears.
Pear and Farro Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash
We’ve all been there. You order a salad with pears or apples and it’s basically a salad with sliced apples or pears on top. The fruit usually ends up falling to the bottom of your plate or you have to work endlessly to break up the fruit to ensure a bite of sweetness in every forkful. If you’ve been there and you’re ready for the solution, break out your Inspiralizer and spiralize those fruits!
Spiralizing fruits on Blade D makes thin, spaghetti like noodles, so when you toss the salad together, the noodles intertwine with the rest of the ingredients, so every time you take a bite, you get a little piece of fruit!
A hearty grain like farro is the best for dishes with fruit, in my opinion, because you get the nutty rich flavor of the grain and the crunchy, sweet flavor of fruit. I love farro and I don’t cook with it enough – it’s ideal in soups, casseroles, grain bowls, but also as a family-style salad dish! It displays beautifully for your Thanksgiving table (if you’re still looking for ideas!) and it’s easy to serve. Farro is a strong source of iron and plant-based protein, making this a nutritious dish to provide for your guests!
Like with all of my grains, I always feel safe using Bob’s Red Mill products. The organic farro cooked perfectly to an al dente texture – never mushy, never chewy. I think it’s a testament to the quality of Bob’s, that’s why I love partnering with them – I truly use their products every single day and swear by them!
The pecans you’ll want to make all the time – so bookmark this recipe! Not only are the pecans easy and quick to prepare and cook, they make your entire home smell like the holidays, or like you just baked some extravagant cake. I always make extra, put them out in a bowl, and my husband usually devours them in a day or two.
Now, although I really recommend serving this with delicata squash, if you can’t find that squash or you’ve never tried it before and not sure if you’ll like it, you can sub in roasted butternut squash! No matter how you make it, you’ll love this dish – the goat cheese seals the deal!
If you make this dish on Thanksgiving, tag #inspiralized so we can see and reshare! Happy holidays – I love this time of year, especially with our two little ones, everything is so magical through their eyes!
Note: Although this post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, all opinions are my own, always.
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