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Kale and Butternut Squash Salad Recipe

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash

I’ve been on a kale salad kick lately but I just can’t get enough!! They are SO good!!! This kale salad was inspired by the lovely Sarah over at My New Roots. She is one of my favorite bloggers and a constant source of inspiration!

You’ll need:

  • 1 buttnernut squash
  • 1 head of curly kale
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 Tbs dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of my lemon vinaigrette dressing
  • couple tsps olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsps poppy seeds

First, peel your squash and cut it into cubes. Toss with a little olive oil, little sea salt and poppy seeds. Place on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake until tender, about 30-40 mins

Next, slice your shallots into thin strips and pour vinaigrette over them to let marinate.

Then, grab your kale by the stem and strip the leaves from the stem with your hands. I like to save the stems and use them later in my veggie juices! Again, using your hands, tear the kale into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Then pour lemon vinaigrette over your kale leaves and use your hands to squeeze, massage and mix the kale and vinaigrette. Continue until the dressing is mixed in thoroughly and the kale has reduced in volume by about half. Massaging the kale is not only fun but also helps to make the tough leafy greens easier to digest. Taste the mixture and adjust flavors or add salt and pepper as as needed.

When the squash is done cooking, add it to the kale mixture along with cranberry seeds and toss. Top with fresh cracked pepper if desired.

This salad is nice and warm, sweet and tangy, and really really delicious!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! And thanks again to Sarah for the inspiration!!

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13 Responses to “Kale and Butternut Squash Salad Recipe”

  1. Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    sounds delish! i have all the ingredients. this could be tomorrow’s dinner

  2. Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I will definitely be making this! Lovely, Linda!

  3. Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    <3 to you and Sarah! She's fantastic!

  4. Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I will pass this along! Thanks, it looks amazing : )

  5. Sonnet March 23, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Your blog is gorgeous. I love this recipe! 🙂

    • Linda March 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you Sonnet, soming from you that is such a HUGE compliment!! xo

  6. Ryan March 24, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    I just made this salad and I am quite impressed. Kale is an oft overlooked vegetable, but it shouldn’t be.

    I have this recipe pinned on Pinterest, and I even posted it on my site at http://fitnessemu.com/kale-salad-with-butternut-squash/. Thanks for giving Kale a little love!

  7. Christina April 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Just tried this – so good that I went back to the grocery store for more to make lunches for the week! Thanks!

    • Linda April 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      awesome!!! It’s one of my favorites!! xo

  8. Pam November 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Great recipe! I love kale and butternut squash, this is the perfect way to combine them in a delicious way :).
    I like your idea of saving the kale stems for juicing, excellent!
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