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Healthy Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Author: Jessi Heggan
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25-30
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Sides
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Massaged kale salad topped with roasted butternut squash, pecans, and apples paired with a flavorful balsamic dressing. It utilizes savory winter vegetables and rich flavors that are perfect for chilly weather.


Kale Salad


2.5 cups cubed butternut squash

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

6 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped

½ cup chopped pecans

1 apple, cored and sliced

2.5 ounces goat cheese (optional)




Balsamic Vinaigrette


¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, minced

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper




  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the butternut into 1-2-inch cubes and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until softened and caramelized.
  2. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake to combine. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl add the chopped kale and drizzle with the remaining two teaspoons of olive oil and massage the leaves until tender and softened. Approximately 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the pecans, roasted butternut, sliced apples and goat cheese to the massaged kale and toss to combine. Top with desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette and serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 4

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