After taking almost 3 years to share my first kale salad recipe, I have waited less then a week to now post my second.
As I mentioned in this Kale, Candied Pecan and Apple Recipe, the key to a delicious kale salad is a massage. Rubbing the leaves between your hands removes the tough texture and makes the leaves supple and so tender.
This salad is filled with some of my favourite fall ingredients including pomegranate seeds and oven roasted cubes of butternut squash. During winter I love including warm ingredients in a salad, and roasted butternut squash is one of my favourite additions.
The salad is tossed in a creamy tahini and lemon dressing that’s the perfect combination of citrus and sweet. I used honey as a sweetener, but to make this recipe vegan you could easily substitute it for maple syrup. The sweet and acidic flavours of the dressing are a wonderful compliment to the creamy butternut squash, tart pomegranate seeds and sharply flavoured shallots.
Another great thing about kale salads, is that if you make too much, you can save leftovers to enjoy the next day, even when its already tossed in dressing! The leaves become softer but not mushy like a traditional salad would.
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite1) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
- ½ butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 2 cups of small cubes
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 large bunch kale
- ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 1 shallot, finely diced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp tahini
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)*
- zest from 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tsp olive oil and salt and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until tender and golden in colour.
- While the butternut squash are baking, prepare the remaining ingredients. Remove the stems and chop the leaves into bite sized pieces. Place the chopped kale in a large salad bowl and sprinkle the leaves with a pinch of salt. With clean hands massage the kale leaves by scrunching it between your hands for about 1 minute. The kale will become darker in colour when you do this.
- Add the pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and finely diced shallots to the kale.
- In a blender combine the ingredients for the dressing and blend until thick and creamy.
- Once the butternut squash is cooked, add it to the salad bowl along with the lemon & tahini dressing and toss until the leaves are coated. Serve.