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Who says salad has to be cold? Since St. Louis has looked more like the Arctic tundra this week than middle America, I was not feeling a salad.
But– I was feeling all. the. vegetables. The only downside to being gone most of last month? My diet has consisted of mostly wine, beer, cheese, bread, and pastry. Sometimes a side salad, if I ask nicely. Austria was incredible, but it’s not exactly known for its plant-based cuisine. So, we did like the locals do, then came home craving smoothies, kale, and a giant reset button.
This is the beauty of intuitive eating. When I was abroad, I wanted apple strudel twice a day. And, even more to the point, I allowed myself to have it. Now that I’m back, I’m also listening to my body when it wants me to eat a little bit less, enjoy more nutrient-dense foods, and cut down on sweets. This isn’t punishment, it’s permission. It’s also why I always allow myself to eat whatever I want in that moment; I know how good I feel eating nourishing foods and I gravitate towards that.
This simple salad really doesn’t have much of a recipe. Roast the sweet potatoes, cook the farro, then saute together. To make things easier, I’m using a bag of Trader Joe’s pre-washed, pre-cut Tuscan kale leaves. I love that stuff and it’s practically the same price as a bunch of kale, which isn’t always the case with convenience foods. Toss it in salads, soups, this saute, or in a smoothie. Either way, it’s one of my best purchases week after week.
I’ve been really into citrus flavors lately (because, winter) and had an urge to dress this up with an orange-miso dressing. Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out but YESSS. So good. This dressing is a keeper and one I plan to put on just about everything. Miso paste is, the best. Salty, umami goodness that’s hard to replicate. Try it!
And that’s IT. If we’re continuing to chat about all my favorite Trader Joe’s purchases, I also cheat and use their 10 minute farro. It’s another genius product and I love the nutty flavor of farro. Dare I say it’s head and shoulders above quinoa and rice? It pairs so perfectly with hearty kale and sweet taters.
Anyway, enjoy! Sending you lots of hugs and this warm salad to curl up with on these freezing days.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Warm Farro, Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Orange Miso Dressing! You are going to love this nourishing vegan dish.
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