1large bunch of Tuscan kale, stemmed and finely chopped (about 6 cups chopped kale)
For the dressing:
1tablespoonfresh orange juice
1tablespoonapple cider vinegar
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
For the topping:
1/4cuptoasted sliced almonds (can also use a mix of pumpkin & almonds seeds)
1/4cupgoat cheese crumbles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cubed butternut squash on baking sheet, drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over the top then add garlic, turmeric and salt. Toss to evenly coat the butternut squash with oil and spices. Spread butternut cubes evenly around pan and roast for 20-25 minutes until squash is fork tender.
While the butternut squash is cooking, chop your kale if you haven’t already and add it to a large bowl.
Next prepare your dressing: In a small bowl add the following: olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard and honey; whisk until smooth.
Pour dressing all over the chopped kale and use your (clean) hands to gently massage the dressing into the kale for a few minutes. This helps removed any bitterness from the kale and adds flavor the the leafy green.
Once butternut squash is done cooking, add it to the kale along with the pomegranate seeds; toss to combine.
Pour into 4 salad bowls, or 1 large bowl for sharing. Before you serve the salad, top with toasted almonds and goat cheese crumbles. (Tip: Don’t add the goat cheese or almonds until you are ready to eat.)
TO MAKE AHEAD OF TIME: Salad can be made a day ahead of time. Just top with almonds and goat cheese once ready to serve.
To make this a full meal: Add 4 oz grilled chicken (or protein of choice!). If you're really hungry and want to skip the meat, just divide the salad into two portions instead of four.
Not into kale? Try arugula or baby spinach!
How to toast sliced almonds: If you’re almonds aren’t already toasted, you can spread them on a small cookie sheet and bake them for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees F.
TO MAKE VEGAN AND/OR PALEO: Simply leave off the goat cheese and use pure maple syrup instead of honey in the dressing.
Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 280Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2.5g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.