Winter Farro & Kale Salad

Winter Farro & Kale Salad

All you want for Christmas is a Christmas salad – right? Ok, maybe not, but in between all of the cookies and other sweet treats, doesn’t it just feel so good to eat something nourishing before your next cocktail? This salad is packed with so many things that I crave, like dark leafy kale and hearty farro; and to make it extra festive – hazelnuts and pomegranates. It’s the salad that looks like a Christmas tree.

Winter Farro & Kale Salad with hazelnuts & pomegranates

You can use either lacinato kale (pictured) or curly kale for this recipe. I usually find curly kale to be a little bit softer, but this pretty bouquet of local lacinato was on the smaller side so the leaves were nice and tender – especially after massaging them with this tangy dressing.

This salad looks gorgeous as a side dish on your holiday table or is delicious with soup for a cozy night in. If you want to make it a meal on its own, add your protein of choice, and pack it up for lunch during the week. It’s great the second day (and also the third).

Winter Farro & Kale Salad

5.0 from 7 reviews
Winter Farro & Kale Salad
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 4 as a side
  • ½ cup uncooked farro
  • 1 small bunch kale (about 6 cups chopped, coarse stems removed)
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • ⅓ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Rinse the farro, then add it to the boiling water. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 to 90 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, ginger, honey (or maple syrup if vegan), and a pinch of salt and pepper. (It'll taste very tangy but it'll mellow once it's tossed with the hearty kale and farro).
  3. Chop the kale into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with ⅓ of the dressing, a squeeze of lemon, and a pinch of salt. Massage the kale until the leaves are soft and wilted. Add the cooked farro, hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, feta, if using, and ⅓ more of the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and serve on plates or on a platter. Drizzle remaining dressing on top.


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  1. Roxana from on said:

    You have no idea how badly I feel like I could use a salad right now – especially one like this! It’s so vibrant and festive! I like that the farro makes it hearty too. 😀

    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks Roxana – love farro!

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks Michelle 🙂

  2. I love farro in salads – it gives a nice heartiness! Really loving all the wintry flavors in here!

    • jeanine from on said:

      me too – thanks Emilie!

  3. Gaby Dalkin from on said:

    All my favorite things in a salad! This is perfect for not only bringing to a party but for lunches post christmas too!

  4. Beth on said:

    Absolutely loved this salad, and it was a hit at my work party! Love the combination of ingredients, especially the hint of ginger in the dressing. Delicious!

  5. Jessie from on said:

    Just right for my diet! Thank you for this very healthy, hearty salad recipe!

  6. Gena from on said:

    I love wintery salads, and this one looks just perfect. Merry Christmas to you guys!

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks Gena, you too!

  7. What a beautiful salad! Looks just lovely and I love your labeled photos too 🙂

  8. Quynh from on said:

    Look so fresh and bright ! I love pomegranate ( in fact I’m snacking on some at the moment) and cannot wait to try out this recipe
    Happy Holidays Jeanine ♥

  9. I love everything about this salad, especially the hint of ginger in the dressing, so yummy!

  10. Andrew Hopkin from on said:

    I and my kids love salad. So I will try to make it.
    Thank for share.

  11. Victoria on said:

    This sounds lovely 🙂 I accidentally discovered the combination of pomegranate and kale in a salad a few weeks ago, and it was a match made in heaven!

  12. Lindsay on said:

    This salad is exactly what we needed on this snowy day in Colorado – I had kale, farro, and pomegranate all at the house and of course you had a recipe that fit these ingredients perfectly!

    The salad’s flavor combinations were fabulous and cannot wait to enjoy as a family tonight.

    • Yay, I’m glad the recipe fit your on-hand ingredients – love it when that happens! Sending warm thoughts.

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