You’d think I’d make more salad’s considering that Dwight loves them, but I really do slack in that department :(. Luckily for him and some of you out there, I’m jumping on the salad bandwagon. First on the list is a kale and butternut squash salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries, pears, sesame seeds and what ties it all together – a maple and balsamic salad dressing. And don’t start thinking that this is a hard salad dressing to make! I took my go-to honey balsamic dressing and replaced the honey with a tad bit more maple syrup. Simple!
Few things that really makes this salad special.
- You can make everything and store separately for a few days. This makes it perfect for a take to work lunch salad or late night dinner.
- It actually fills you up :).
If you are looking to add a protein to this kale salad, I think I’d go with a dijon mustard and brown sugar crusted salmon filet in the oven. Oh, and don’t forget the crusty French baguette!!!
Enjoy and don’t forget to Pin for later!
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Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Goat Cheese
- 1 small bundle of Russian Red Kale
- 1 small butternut squash or 2 cups of cubed butternut squash
- 1/2 pear/ 1 cup diced or the whole thing if you prefer
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Turn your oven on 375F.
- Dice the butternut squash. Toss with olive oil and some salt on a baking pan. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- While the butternut squash is cooking, get the rest of salad ingredients together. Take the ribs out of the kale and chop. Dice the pear to your liking. Also make the salad dressing by combining maple syrup, balsamic, mustard, garlic and shallot in a small bowl. Mix together and then slowly pour in olive oil. Add a pinch of salt.
- Once the butternut squash is soft, pull from the oven and let cool ever so slightly.
- Now combine all the ingredients.
- Serves 2 as a main salad or 4 as an appetizer.
For 2 Servings
High Fiber, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher