We got back from Puerto Rico late Thursday night which gave us the weekend to get back into the routine of life. Which is easier said than done when returning from vacation. Your body wants to remain on vacation but your brain starts checking off all the things that need to be done. One of those things was restocking the pantry and refrigerator. While I was accessing our pantry I found an acorn squash that I bought before we left. Since it’s a new year and my system is in need of a reboot after eating my way through Puerto Rico I thought I do something healthy.
I’ve been wanting to play with farro for awhile. What is farro? It’s a grain from farro-way…get it? I’m sorry I couldn’t resist. But, it is. It’s the grain of Italy; a hearty wheat grain cooked similar to rice and has a toothsome texture. Have you ever tried farro? I love farro! It’s chewy texture, and nutty flavor makes it perfect for hearty soups and salads. It can also be used in place of rice to make farrotto, a variation of risotto.
This is most definitely a main dish salad. Full of all types of filling deliciousness like roasted acorn squash, roasted onion, cranberries, kale and my favorite sweet apple chicken sausage. This sausage is absolutely a perfect pairing with this salad. It’s packed full of sweet, nutty and savory notes. Everything that makes this girl happy!