Kale raab means spring is almost here

Kale raab means spring is almost here

  • posted on: February 26, 2018
  • posted by: Robin Crowder
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We know that spring is just around the corner when we start seeing kale raab in the Farm Market. Raab is the tender flowering part of the kale; pretty yellow flowers on tall narrow stalks that smell and taste like kale. In fact, there are other raabs — broccoli is a very tasty example. These vegetable plants send up the flowering shoots when they are finishing up for the season and give us a parting gift of the sweetest flowers. Stop in the Farm Market and buy kale raab from Hedlin Farm. Here’s a recipe to try from our friends at Bluebird Grain Farm that features raab and farro. (We carry their tasty farro too.)

Chopped Raab & Farro Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Recipe from Bluebird Grain Farms.  Find more ideas at www.bluebirdgrainfarms.com.

The abundance of broccoli, along with my need to creatively find a way to get my kids to eat it, was the inspiration behind this recipe. I think you will find that honey mustard dressing is pretty much the trick for getting kids to eat any vegetable.  This recipe can also be made ahead of time. You can marinate the broccoli, onions, and farro for up to 8 hours before serving time.


1/2 cup whole grain farro (dry)
6-8 pieces of bacon, cooked & crumbled
3 cups broccoli or other raab, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 cup whole walnuts, roasted &  coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup frozen peas
salt & pepper to taste


Honey Mustard Dressing

1/2 cup Dijon mustard
3-4 Tbl honey
1/4 cup light olive oil
2 Tbl lemon juice
1 medium clove of garlic, finely diced



Add 1/2 cup of whole grain emmer farro to 3 cups boiling water. Simmer on medium-low for 45 minutes. Turn heat off. Let grain sit in water for about 5 minutes. Drain excess liquid, set farro aside to cool.

Mix Dressing.  In small bowl add together: Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Whisk vigorously (3-4 minutes) until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Dressing should be creamy.

Chop broccoli raab (stems and all) into small bite size pieces. Dice onion. Blend raab and onion in large bowl along with cooled emmer farro. Dress ingredients with 1/2 cup of the honey mustard dressing and stir until well combined (save the remaining dressing for later).  Place marinating raab in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (this can marinate 2-3 hours before serving).

While the blend is in the refrigerator; cook slices of bacon until browned. Turn off heat. Place strips of bacon on a paper towel and allow slices to cool. Crumble into small pieces, set aside.

Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in cast iron skillet. Roast whole nuts in bacon grease until browned, cool in separate bowl then chop coarsely. Set aside bacon, nuts, cranberries and frozen peas until ready to serve. Peas should remain in the freezer until salad is ready to serve.

Just before serving add: dried cranberries, nuts, and frozen peas to raab-farro blend. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. If salad seems dry, add remaining dressing or a little extra olive oil. Top with crumbled bacon. Serve alone or on top of freshly picked greens.

Ask for a copy of this recipe when you stop in the Farm Market.