This is the best fall and winter salad with warm grains, roasted Delicata squash, and creamy goat cheese. Delicata squash is one of my favorite squashes to have in the fall and winter months. It is slightly sweet and very easy to cook with. This salad is loaded with warming ingredients and flavors.
What is a Delicata Squash?
You may have heard of delicata squash before as a peanut or sweet potato squash. They are smaller squashes with thinner skin than your other fall squash such as butternut or acorn. Even though delicata squash is a fall crop they are actually in the sam family as zucchini and other summer squashes.
The flavor is slightly sweet and best served after roasting. They are one of my favorite squashes to work with because they are much easier to cut than pumpkins or butternut squashes.
To roasted them, you want to cut them lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds. Then you can slice them in your desired size. No need to peel them. Since the skin is fairly delicate you can eat it with the skin on.
Substitute for Delicata Squash
If you don’t have or can’t find delicata squash you can substitute it with a butternut squash. If use a butternut just cut it into 1” cubed before baking.
How to Store the Delicata Squash and Farro Salad
To store the salad place it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will be best within 3 days. This meal can be served warm or cold. If you want to be able to warm it up again leave out the goat cheese and arugula. Add that on top after you have reheated the farro.
What can you prep in advance?
If you want to prep some of the salad in advance, I suggest cooking the farro. You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge. You can also make the dressing beforehand. I would wait to roasted the delicata squash until right before serving.
Can this recipe be vegan?
Yes! Just remove the goat cheese and this is a vegan meal. You could even replace it with a vegan cheese if you prefer.
Can this recipe be gluten free?
No, this recipe is not gluten free. Farro is a part of the wheat family so it does contain some gluten.
How to serve this Delicata Squash salad
This recipe can be eaten as a main meal or as a side dish. You can serve it with a light green salad, a french baguette, or on its own. This is a great recipe to bring as a side dish to family meals as well.