Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Onion, Kale, and Butternut Squash Farro Salad

I have an announcement to make... I am now the proud owner of a real, live YELLOW SPATULA!

It's so beautiful! Thank you, Clara!

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I was just busy getting my doctorate... YAY!!!!

Walking across the stage...

Happy Parents!

A little surprise...

This happened...

My beautiful classmates! Minus the one boy in the class!

And then my parents had a wonderful amazing fun party with LOTS of Katella Deli food in their backyard to celebrate!
I'll post pictures from the party when I get them... but here's a preview. My friend Jessica has good taste in ear-related graduation gifts!

So back to business!  Tonight, my mom came over to help me start packing up my apartment (thanks, mom!)  so I made us a little something for dinner to reward our packing efforts.

I've made this salad a few times.  It was originally a Smitten Kitchen recipe (surprise, surprise) over the course of making it several different ways, I ended up with this creation:

It's just as delicious as it is colorful! And here's how to make it:


2 cups of farro (I used semi-pearled)
Steamed, cubed butternut squash (mine was the steamer bag from Trader's)
A bunch of kale
Small red onion
Pepitas, to taste
Red wine vinegar
Optional protein source to add in later (I used basil chicken sausage)


  • Cook the farro according to the package directions
  • Dice the red onion. Let it pickle in 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of red wine vinegar (just enough to cover the onion) while you make the rest of the salad
  • Steam your squash and kale using your preferred method
  • When all of these hot ingredients have cooled, pour it all into a bowl
  • Add pepitas and red onion/vinegar mixture. Toss.
  • Serve along with your "protein" to make a meal out of it!
The farro itself is pretty filling.  I added the kale and the sausage this time and they were both excellent complements to the salad.  There are so many amazing flavors combined in here that every bite is just a little bit different and all the colors make it a beautiful dish to eat! 

That's all for now!  I feel so lucky to have such incredible family and friends who help me pack/move/celebrate.  I love you all so much, and i'm so grateful to have you in my life!  And i'm happy to cook anything for you, any time :D

The dinner table wouldn't be complete without the beautiful graduation flowers. Thanks, Jess! 


  1. Amanda- this looks delicious!!! It was so much fun seeing you, I miss you!

  2. Ha! That silly string photo is awesome.