Harvest Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Squash

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Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing ' there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.

Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing – there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.Harvest Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Squash

More Fall and Winter dishes I love to make are Red Lentil Soup with Spinach, Instant Pot Chicken Taco Chili, and Beef and Mushroom Ragu Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

Any winter squash will work here, I used acorn but butternut or kabocha would also be great. I'm SO excited to share this recipe from my friend Lexi's new cookbook  (affiliate link) which comes out Nov 8th. I met Lexi in Boston a few months ago and LOVED her! She's bubbly, smart and originally from Long Island like me, so it was an instant connection. Her book is filled with delicious paleo-friendly recipes, but even if you're not on a paleo diet it's wholesome, delicious recipes.

I've been craving Fall salads so this was exactly what I hoped it would be and more. I slightly modified her dressing to make it lighter but otherwise followed her recipe as written.

Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing – there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.

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Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing – there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.
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Harvest Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Squash

329Cals8Protein45Carbs16.5Fats
Total Time: 50mins
Yield: 2Servings
COURSE: Salad
CUISINE: American
Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing ' there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.

Ingredients

For The Salad

  • 1acorn squash
  • olive oil spray
  • kosher salt
  • pinchcinnamon
  • 4cupsthin-sliced kale, I prefer Lacinto, be sure to remove stem
  • 1/2tbspolive oil
  • 1/4cuppecans, toasted
  • 3tbsppomegranate seeds

Maple Balsamic Dressing

  • 1tspolive oil
  • 1 1/2tspbalsamic vinegar
  • 1/2tspdijon mustard, use for whole30
  • 1tsppure maple syrup, omit whole30 and add more oil
  • pinchof salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Slice squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Slice the squash 1/2 inch thick slices and spread on a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and season with salt and cinnamon. Roast squash for 40 minutes, turning halfway until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, massage kale with 1/2 tbsp olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes until evenly coated.
  • In a small saute pan toast the pecans on medium-low heat for 5 minutes, tossing often to prevent burning.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together, then add to the kale and toss well.
  • To assemble the salad, divide the kale in two bowls, top with squash, pomegranate seeds and toasted pecans and serve.

Notes

Adapted from  Cookbook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad, Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 16.5g, Saturated Fat: 1.8g, Sodium: 98mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 8g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 9
Keywords: acorn squash salad, harvest salad, paleo harvest salad, vegetarian harvest salad, weight watchers harvest salad

Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing – there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.Roasted winter squash, pomegranates and pecans over massaged kale with a light maple balsamic dressing – there is nothing boring about this salad! Rubbing the raw kale with olive oil for a few minutes leaves it tender and takes away the bitterness.