Simple and Healthy Farro and Roasted Beetroot Salad

A busy family menu: Farro and roasted Beetroot Salad
A busy family menu: Farro and roasted Beetroot Salad

Simple and healthy farro and roasted beetroot salad with a fresh yogurt and mint dressing.

It’s a beautiful day outside, and I’m about to embark on my least favourite activity. I’m going to a mall. Well, several malls. It’s all for ‘inspiration’, for decorating some little people’s bedroom. To be honest, I feel slightly superfluous to requirements here. Home decor has never been my strong point. I know rooms/houses I like, and I know rooms/houses I don’t. How to put them together is beyond my simple skills. Sadly, the prospect of a lovely rustic wooden cottage in the country doesn’t exactly meet our budget at this time.

So instead, today’s trip includes British hotspots of Mothercare, Mama’s and Papa’s and John Lewis. All great stores, but I feel the plastic in my wallet is about to take a bit of a beating.

In any case, it isn’t just our house that is being rapidly spruced up. We are both trying to figure out what our routines will look like in the future. How we can avoid the trap of eating easy, if not just plain unhealthy, foods. How we will still stay sane (ha). For my part, I’ve used the last month or so to try out some more easy and healthy recipes. OK, and some not so healthy recipes if my instagram feed is to be believed. One recent winner was my farro and beetroot salad.

Farro and Roasted Beetroot Salad

It was a such a simple, and rather inexpensive (win!) salad to make. The key is the need for fresh ingredients. The beetroots are peeled and quartered, seasoned and roasted in the oven until the rawness is cooked out of them, with just a touch of honey. Then, cover them in foil and place in the fridge overnight if you like (or serve them warm if you like). In the meantime, you cook up some farro. I love grains like farro, they feel substantial when you eat them. It is the same reason I love barley.

Anyway, assembly this farro and roasted beetroot salad is so easy. Farro on a plate, followed by beetroot, then a sprinkling of fresh mint, dill and pomegranate seeds. Finally, a drizzle of yogurt dressing. Yogurt, with sumac, pepper and some lemon juice. Such a fresh burst to accompany the heavy farro and beetroot. So there you have it, my farro and beetroot salad. A healthy, simple, if not beautiful looking, salad.

Drinks

I love this with some water and a bit of lemon. Something nice and fresh. Maybe even some sparkling water.

Music

I’ve been on a bit of a classic rock bent recently, as my students can attest to. So, Fleetwood Mac’s Go your own way is perfect with this!

Farro and Roasted Beetroot Salad

Farro and Roasted Beetroot Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Farro and Roasted Beetroot Salad

Simple and healthy farro and roasted beetroot salad with a fresh yogurt and mint dressing.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 beetroot, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 cups farro (cooked to packet instructions)
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Bunch of dill and mint
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • ½ pomegranate - seeds only!
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Two sprigs of thyme

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to about 180C. In a bowl, mix the beetroot, olive oil and honey. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Toss to combine with the thyme, and then place on a roasting pan. Roast for about 45-60min, until they are tender. Cool.
  2. Mix the yogurt, with lemon juice, zest and sumac and some pepper.
  3. On a plate, layer your fresh cooked (read hot!) farro, followed by your roasted beetroot. Drizzle the yogurt dressing over top. Finally, sprinkle over the pomegranate, dill and mint. Serve quick.
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5 Comments

  • Oh man, I love a good farro salad! Heck, I love farro by itself. And this post reminds me that it’s been way too long since I’ve made anything with farro. I clearly need to fix that problem. This salad sounds like the perfect winter meal to me…and it’s a healthy one, too! I hope you survived the weekend shopping trips without too much damage. It really is crazy the amount of things that are about to invade your house. 🙂 Just stop and appreciate the empty floor space now…because it won’t be there for long! Hope you guys had an awesome weekend!

  • Farro is my go-to lunch on many days. I always make sure to have farro in my pantry and in my trips to Italy I always bring back some. Now I saw that here in Canada is becoming pretty popular, too, but I usually bring back a good amount from Italy 🙂 . We have some beets in the fridge and I think this may easily be scheduled for dinner during the week. It looks beautiful and tastes awesome! Hope the little people’s bedroom is turning into an adorable, cozy, welcoming one!

  • I believe everything is about the right balance. Thus, there should be some unhealthy food in our lives (Otherwise, what’s the point?) This beautiful salad is exactly what we need – healthy yet satisfying, and delicious. This combo of beets, farro, pomegranate, and yogurt is just perfect!

  • I really like cooking some food. And your blog inspires me so much. Look your food! It’s so delicious. <3 So amazing.
    They look like fresh, deicous and they're good for health. Thank you for your guide. 🙂

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