Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Feta and Avocado

September 9, 2016



- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

- 2 tablespoons of olive oil

- 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

- light sprinkle of fine-grain sea salt


Garlicky Farro:

- 1 cup uncooked farro, rinsed

- 2 teaspoons of olive oil

- 2 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced

- 1/4 teaspoon of fine-grain sea salt 


Everything Else:

- 10 pitted kalamata olives, some halved lengthwise and some sliced into small rounds

- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and roughly chopped

- 2 ounces of feta, crumbled (a heaping half cup)

- 1 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon's worth)

- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

- 1 avocado, sliced into thin strips

- 4 handfuls of leafy greens (spring greens, spinach, or argula are all good choices)



1. To roast the cauliflower: preheat the over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the florets with olive oil, red pepper flakes and a light sprinkle of sea salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes on the middle rack, turning halfway through, until the cauliflower is tender and golden on the edges. 


2. To cook the farro: in a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed farro with at least three cups of water (enough water to cover the farro by a couple of inches). Bring th water to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook until the farro is tender to the bite but still pleasantly chewy (pearled farro will take around 15 minutes, unprocessed farro will take 25-40 minutes). Drain off the excess water and mix in two teaspoons of olive oil, the garlic and sea salt. Set aside. 


3. In a large serving bowl, toss together the roasted cauliflower, cooked farro, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and lemon juice. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. 


4. Divide the avocado and greens among four salad plates. Top with a generous amount of the cauliflower and farro salad. Finish the plates with an extra squeeze of lemon juice or drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Serve. 






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