Warm Winter Vegetables with Farro

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad // shutterbean

Happy Monday! Did we all eat too much yesterday during the big game? I ate cookies like it was my JOB. I’m not mad, though. They were good.

Hey! So, I wanted to say a quick thank you for all of your comments on my Meal Prep post, I’m so glad that you liked it. I really enjoyed seeing all of your pictures of your own meal prep on Instagram last week! AMAZING/Proud of you! Doesn’t it feel nice to have an arsenal of food for the week? Btw- here’s what we’re eating this week.

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad // shutterbean

One of the salads I make constantly is my Reset Button Salad. You probably already know that I’ve been crushing on that salad so hard for the past few months.  My friend, Sarah Copeland  wrote an EXCELLENT vegetarian cookbook called Feast. I’m smitten with the book and I adore her writing and her fresh take on vegetarian food. If you take a look at the book, you’ll see that her food combinations are downright inspiring! When I read the recipe for this Warm Winter Vegetables with Farro dish, I knew I had to make it. It has all of the ingredients I love and thought it would help bring new life to my salad game. I was also intrigued by the combination of radishes, honey glazed carrots, Parmigiano-Reggiano and the farro. The lime/yogurt/herb dressing was calling my name!

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Aaaaaaaand we LOVED it. It’s robust & hearty and you won’t miss meat for once second. Totally satisfying. And that dressing? Addictive.

My salad game just got taken to a whole new level.

And we’re off!

First we have to roast our beets and cook our carrots.

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Put some parchment down. Wash/trim beets. Cut them up and drizzle olive oil and season with salt & pepper.  Cover parchment wrapped beets with aluminum foil and pop them in the oven to roast.

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Carrots go into a pan with honey & thyme and get cooked/reduced. They’re gonna be glazed! I almost ate all of them before they made it into the salad.

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While all of that’s happening you cook your farro. You boil it & drain it. Super easy.

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Dressing ingredients!

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Stir it up!

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We gather some extra ingredients– slice the radishes, toasted walnuts, arugula, etc.

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Beets are done. Peel of the skins and chop them up.

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ASSEMBLY TIME. Layer the bottom of a shallow bowl with farro.

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Toss the arugula, beets & carrots together in another bowl.

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Add that to the farro. Radishes and walnuts get added…

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Drizzle the dressing on top.

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Finish with some slivers of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Just a little closeup…

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad // shutterbean

There’s something so satisfying about eating all the colors of the rainbow.

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad // shutterbean

A perfect way to start the week. HEALTH! And leftovers!

Warm Winter Vegetables with Farro

serves 2-4
recipe slightly adapted from Feast

  • 8 red or yellow baby beets, scrubbed & trimmed
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 carrots, peeled & halved
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 cup farro
  • 6 radishes

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup full-fat plain yogurt
  • juice of 1/2 lime, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped assorted fresh herbs (I used parsley & mint)
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt & freshly ground pepper

for garnishing

  • 2 heaping handfuls arugula
  • small handful toasted walnuts
  • 3 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano or pecorino cheese

Preheat oven to 400F. Drizzle the beets with the olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Wrap them tightly with parchment paper and cover completely in aluminum foil. Roast until they can easily be pierced with a fork, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the foil.

Combine the carrots, honey, thyme and 1 cup water in a medium skillet over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are fork tender and the broth has reduced to a glaze, about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Meanwhile, put the farro in a medium pot and add enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to low heat, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel the skins with a pairing knife and quarter. Slice the radishes as thinly as possible with a mandoline or very sharp knife.

To make the dressing: Whisk together the yogurt, lime juice, herbs, walnut oil, olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Taste with a leaf of arugula, adjust the salt, pepper or lime juice as needed.

Divide the farro among shallow bowls. Drain the carrots. Combine the beets, carrots and arugula in a large bowl; toss together; and arrange over the faro. Top with the radishes, drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with walnuts and flaky sea salt. Generously grate or shave the Parmigiano-Reggiano over top with a vegetable peeler. Serve warm.

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  • February 3, 2014

    My salad life could use a breath of new life, too, and this looks perfect. I adore winter salads and need to eat them more during these cold and grey months. Lovely recipe.

  • February 3, 2014

    Looks incredible – yum!

  • Beautiful, I always feel like colourful food is doing me good. Lifts the winter spirits too. :)

  • February 3, 2014

    So much goodness in this salad – I love all the colours!

  • February 3, 2014

    This looks fantastic- I love beets but have been avoiding them for a bit for no reason. I will fancy them up with this dressing and some farro. I love the quick cook Trader Joe’s version but I am just waiting for T Joe’s to open in Denver!

  • loving the idea of roasted beets with this yogurt sauce.

  • February 3, 2014

    Oooo I’ve been meaning to try farro lately and this recipe looks delicious! It reminds me of a salad I had at a local restaurant last week that I would certainly like to re-create at home!

  • February 3, 2014

    This looks incredible! I love farro salads and I just don’t make them enough!

  • February 3, 2014

    i cant stop staring at these pictures. so pretty! can’t wait to make this at home!

    • Tracy
      February 3, 2014

      That makes me happy :)

  • February 3, 2014

    all of Sara’s recipes are so inspirational, and this one is no exception- beautifully photographed Tracy!

  • Heidi
    February 3, 2014

    Yum! Looks like you left the carrots out of the ingredient list :)

    • Tracy
      February 3, 2014

      *blushes* UGH. Thank you.

      • Heidi
        February 3, 2014

        yay – making it TODAY!

  • February 3, 2014

    This looks so healthy and colorful and yummy! Your pictures, as always are so great. Must try.

  • February 3, 2014

    Looks delicious. Work those winter veggies!

  • February 3, 2014

    I love this salad, Tracy! I’m always looking for winter vegetarian salads that are hearty and filling and delicious at the same time, and it’s sure hard to find. This one definitely fits the bill. Pinned.

  • February 3, 2014

    this is awesome!

  • Rebeca
    February 4, 2014

    I need this salad in my life! I know I’m going to love it.

  • February 4, 2014

    This is so vibrant! I want to eat it right from the screen. Yum!

  • Krista
    February 5, 2014

    I made this last night and DEVOURED it. It felt like I was being refueled! Absolutely delicious and exactly what my Brooklyn-dwelling, vitamin D-deprived soul needed. Will definitely be making again soon.

  • February 9, 2014

    I so need this salad! The dressing is going to be in heavy rotation for sure. Beautiful shots as always!

  • Julianne
    February 10, 2014

    MMMM! I was in love with this the second I saw it in your Instagram feed, and it didn’t disappoint! I ate it with a slice of homemade bread and a glass of Prosecco and felt like I was eating an amazing salad from a restaurant. All those flavors and colors!

    I totally need to buy Feast, like, yesterday. I made her broccolini with kale and chickpeas and ricotta and it was equally incredible.

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