This salad is all kinds of healthy and all kinds of delicious! Made with roasted butternut squash, fresh kale and collard greens, creamy avocado, crunchy pepita seeds, and just the right amount of seasoning. The perfect summer to fall salad.
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This delicious kale salad recipe is brought to you by the popular vegan blogger and cookbook author, Kim-Julie Hansen. Her cookbook, Vegan Reset: The 28-Day Plan to Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle is filled with healthy and easy recipes just like this salad. It’s also one of the best resources for those who want to go vegan but are afraid to take the plunge because it seems too hard.
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Chickpea “Tuna” Sandwiches
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And one of our favorites, the Avocado-Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, which we’re going to share with you now.
HOW TO MAKE KALE SALAD WITH AVOCADO AND ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
It doesn’t get easier than this. The only cooking required is to simply roast the butternut squash and toast the pepitas, the rest is just chopping and massaging. The greens, you can get a massage after you eat the salad. 😉
First – Dice the butternut squash, toss it with olive oil and salt and pepper, and roast it until the edges are nice and crispy.
Second – Chop the kale and collard green leaves and massage the avocado into them. This will make the kale easier to eat, and it ensures that the avocado covers every nook and cranny of those leaves.
Third – Toast the pepitas with the spices and toss into the greens with the butternut squash and dig in!
Photo courtesy of Best of Vegan LLC.
This salad is full of textures and flavors, we loved every single bite, and we know that you will too!
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A healthy and delicious kale salad with avocado and roasted butternut squash that's easy to make. Full of textures and flavor!
This recipe is excerpted from VEGAN RESET © 2018 by Best of Vegan LLC. Photography © 2018 byBest of Vegan LLC. Reproduced bypermission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
- ½ butternut squash seeds removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tsp olive oil plus more for drizzling over the squash
- ¼ tsp sea salt plus 1 pinch
- 1 large avocado
- 4 cups shredded curly kale
- 1 collard green leaf chopped
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ tsp curry powder
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 177°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the squash on the baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Bake for 45 minutes.
In a large bowl, massage the avocado into the kale and collard greens. Add the butternut squash.
Toast the pumpkin seeds in the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium, add the curry powder, red pepper flakes, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and toast for 1 to 2 more minutes. Sprinkle the seeds over the salad.
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.
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