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Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Almonds

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Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To add more protein, you could add grilled shrimp or salmon.

Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To add more protein, you could add grilled shrimp or salmon.Kale and Butternut Squash Salad

This healthy vegetarian main dish salad is inspired by Sweetgreen’s Winter Squash Salad loaded with lots of nourishing, colorful fruits and veggies. Yesterday I shared this Warm Curry Roasted Butternut Squash and Veggie Salad. Today’s salad is enjoyed cold with hearty vegetables that last a while in the refrigerator. If you want to make the butternut squash in the air fryer, check out this Air Fryer Butternut Squash recipe.

Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To add more protein, you could add grilled shrimp or salmon.

Hi Everyone, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a dietitian, the nutrition expert for the Skinnytaste cookbooks, and the founder of Feel Better Eat Better, an online weight loss program for women who struggle with emotional eating, overeating or body image issues.

In this time of uncertainty, being kind, loving and nurturing to ourselves and each other is more important than ever.

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This delicious and satisfying kale and butternut squash salad was inspired by a salad from Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant chain with “simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls.” Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To make it even more filling, you can also add grilled shrimp, chicken or even salmon, especially if you’re looking more protein.

Variations:

Even if you don’t have all ingredients, use whatever you have on hand and swap out what you don’t!

  • Cheese – Swap out the blue cheese for gorgonzola or leave it out to make it dairy-free.
  • Pears – you can also replace with red or green apples.
  • Arugula – swap it out for any mixed baby greens.

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Kale and Squash Salad

5 from 17 votes
11
Cals:428
Protein:10
Carbs:44
Fat:27
Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To add more protein, you could add grilled shrimp or salmon.
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Immune-boosting kale, squash, purple cabbage, arugula, almonds, basil and pears are all tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. To add more protein, you could add grilled shrimp or salmon.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 2 servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl (1/2 the salad)

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 10 ounces from 1 small butternut squash, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 medium Lacinato kale leaves, stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 small pear, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces (I used D’anjou)
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 ounce crumbled bleu cheese

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a medium sheet pan with oil, add the squash, oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through, until fork tender and browned on the edges.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until emulsified and combined. Set aside.
  • In 2 shallow bowls, combine the squash, kale, arugula and basil. Toss to combine.
  • Top each with ½ the pear, ½ cup cabbage, 1 tablespoon almonds and ½ ounce bleu cheese.
  • Top each with 2 tablespoons dressing and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl (1/2 the salad), Calories: 428 kcal, Carbohydrates: 44 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 27 g, Saturated Fat: 5.5 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 456 mg, Fiber: 8.5 g, Sugar: 17 g

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23 comments on “Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Almonds”

  1. This was delicious!! I ate it 3-4x in the same week and was happy with it every time. My boyfriend also raved about it. Will definitely make again!