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Calvados (optional but highly recommended)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Small Tubs of Soft Goat Cheese (optional)
Enough Butter or Earth Balance Whipped Butter Spread to Roast Apples and Squash on Baking Sheets
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease two baking sheets.
Core and chop apples into medium-sized chunks.
Arrange the butternut squash pieces on the baking sheets. Top generously with small pieces of butter or Earth Balance. Place in oven. Roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Flip the butternut squash pieces. Carefully scatter the apple chunks on top of the squash. Add a few more small pieces of butter (or the equivalent) on the apples. Continue to roast at 400 degrees until the squash is done but not burnt (usually another 15 minutes).
In the meantime, chop the celery and set aside.
Remove the baking trays from the oven. Put the apple-squash combo in a large mixing bowl.
Pour vegetable broth into a large pot. Add celery and bring to a boil.
Add the farro. Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Add the roasted squash and apple pieces. Stir gently until evenly combined. Allow to set with the lid propped slightly ajar.
Place salmon fillets on one or more large platters.
Mix cranberries with walnuts and Calvados.
For the dressing, blend together mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and olive oil until the desired taste is achieved.
Suggested plating: Place a portion of salmon on the left of a large dinner plate. Spoon some of the farro dish to the right of the salmon. Encircle the farro with Italian parsley. Add a drizzle of the dressing. Top with a spoon of cranberries and crown with a dollop of goat cheese. Enjoy!