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Farro & Roasted Sweetpotato Salad

Created by a registered dietitian for NCSP Recipe Contest with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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  • 2 cups farro, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups unsalted vegetable stock or water
  • Salt
  • 3 medium sweetpotatoes, 1 1/2 pounds, scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 large red onion, about 3 inches, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400° Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the farro, stock, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large, heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, following package instructions until the farro is just tender. Note: toward the end of the cooking time, be sure to check it often as you want it to retain just a bit of its structure and remain “toothsome.” Remove from heat, drain any excess water and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sweet potatoes, onion and thyme in a medium bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a cup for dressing. Add 2 tablespoons of the dressing to the sweetpotato mixture; toss to combine. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared pan; roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, tossing vegetables after 7 and 15 minutes to achieve even browning.
  • Remove from the oven and toss with cooked farro, 1/2 cup goat cheese, the walnuts and remaining dressing. Transfer to a serving bowl and scatter remaining goat cheese over the top. Serve.
Number of servings (yield): 6 servings