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Kale Goat Cheese Salad

Written By
The Winona Editorial Team
40 min
Prep Time

This hearty and healthy salad recipe is perfect for a light lunch or to accompany dinner as a side. It’s made with farro, kale, goat cheese, almonds, and dried cherries, all of which have healthy properties to support overall health and particularly health in menopause. Farro is a good source of fiber and magnesium, and kale is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, all of which are important for bone health and can help protect against osteoporosis. Goat cheese is a good source of calcium, which is also important for bone health. Almonds provide healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, and dried cherries are a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and potassium, which can help to improve heart health, regulate blood sugar levels, and relieve inflammation.




To cook the farro, combine the rinsed farro with at least three cups of water (enough water to cover the farro by a couple of inches) in a medium saucepan. Add the salt, bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. 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 to 40 minutes). Drain off the excess water and set aside.


Massage kale with salt. Toast and add the almonds to the kale. Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients together. Mix cooked farro (or quinoa), dried cherries, and vinaigrette.


Add the farro, cherry, and vinaigrette mixture to the kale. Stir in most of the goat cheese. Adjust seasoning to taste. Top with remaining cheese. Serve right away or refrigerate.

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