warm kale salad with maple roasted acorn squash

warm kale salad - Jelly Toast

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m a total kale convert. In fact, I am really starting to regret my ‘kale is the worst’ stance from a few months ago. Which means of course, I have been cooking kale any way possible. You see, I have a habit of getting on food kicks where I find one ingredient and cook it in every way imaginable until I (or my family, at least) is completely over it. Well, I feel like I’m on the tail end of a kale kick, which started with veggie enchiladas, kale chips and kale salad with roasted salmon. See? I wasn’t kidding.

And now, I’m a kale-o-holic. But, you have to trust me, this one’s different and it’s all about Autumn.

This Warm Kale Salad with Maple Roasted Acorn Squash is sautéed, served warm and tossed with a sweet balsamic vinegar and maple dressing. With the addition of the roasted acorn squash and pumpkin seeds, it’s a perfect transition into Fall. Which is music to my ears.

This one is for all of my Fall loving friends.

warm kale and maple salad_Jelly Toast_Emily Caruso (2 of 2)Happy Friday!

Warm Kale Salad Recipe

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 acorn squash, seeds removed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
salt and pepper
pinch of dried sage
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray rimmed baking sheet with non stick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, place sliced squash, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and sage. Toss to combine. Spread squash rings and liquid evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Roast squash for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add remaining olive oil and kale. Stir kale until coated with oil and beginning to wilt, about 30 seconds. Pour remaining maple syrup and vinegar over kale and continue to stir until kale is bright green and tender, but not completely wilted about 30 - 60 seconds more. Remove kale to a large bowl.

Top kale with roasted squash and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Jelly Toast
September 13th, 2013

14 Responses to “warm kale salad with maple roasted acorn squash”

  1. Liren — September 15, 2013 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    I’m a kale-o-holic, too! This will definitely be made, it’s beautiful.

  2. Medha — September 16, 2013 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    Just found your blog! Stunning pictures and love the recipe. I will be regular on this site:)

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  4. Nanette — September 26, 2013 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Wow, this sounds delicious! And it’s beautiful :).

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  12. Brian — December 13, 2014 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    I just found your site and tried this recipe, and it was fantastic. Definitely making it again, although maybe with butternut squash or something that I can peel beforehand. Great mix of flavors.

    • Emily — December 14, 2014 @ 10:15 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Brian! Yes, you can definitely peel the squash first if you prefer. I have gotten to where I enjoy the peel, but my kids are not in agreement with me 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Emily

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