Warm Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Chick Peas

January 8, 2015

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Cold, are you?

Arctic chill here in New Hampshire. We all have chapped lips, hands, and are eating too many left over cookies and candy because our bodies are telling us to carb load.

But after I started to crave feeling like I did during the cleanse, I decided to switch gears. Only a cold salad was the last thing I wanted. So I whipped this Warm Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Chick Peas. I crumbled goat cheese on top, though for my second serving (ha!) I tried feta and that was so good too. You can’t go wrong either way. A sprinkle with lemon and a drizzle of olive oil make this amazing.

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My husband and I ate at a local restaurant, The Joinery, this fall, and one of the salads we had there was the inspiration behind this. It had a bed of a spicy sauce, made from Harissa, and the warm kale was topped with chick peas. I was craving all kinds of roasted veggies though, and the additions are amazing. The red pepper flakes and the garlic give it a kick, and there is a surprising amount of flavor from the nuttiness of the cauliflower, the garlic, and the lemon.

You can roast the veggies ahead of time and warm up the kale right before serving (which is what I did today). The heat from the kale will warm them up.

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Happy eating/staying warm/eating.

xoxo Katie

Warm Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Chickpeas (printer version here):

Serves 4

Olive oil

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 butternut squash, cubed

1 onion, diced large

1 can of chickpeas

1 head of kale, cut into large strips

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes




Set oven to 400 degrees. Spread onions and butternut squash on one pan, cauliflower and chick peas on another. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, adding garlic salt to the chick peas and cauliflower. Roast for 10 minutes, then flip over. Roast onions and squash for 10 more minutes, then remove. Take out cauliflower and chick peas in 5 more minutes or until golden brown.

In the meantime, or right before serving, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan on medium high heat. Add garlic, stiring for one minute before adding kale. Season with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until kale starts to brown.

Put kale on a plate, top with roasted veggies and goat cheese. Sprinkle with lemon and olive oil, if desired.


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    March 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is delicious! My hubby tolerates my working toward a plant based diet, but he really loved this combination. I cut the kale small instead of “large strips” and my garbanzos were a little over cooked waiting for the squash to finish cooking so I think I’ll make the butternut a little smaller. But first time around it was delicious and with the left overs, even though I didn’t have much kale left over, was just as good the next day and appreciated too! I used feta instead of plain goat cheese, now I can’t imagine it any other way.

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      March 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much, I am so glad you both like it! I agree, it is so good the next day. You’re reminding me I need to make this salad again soon, thanks!

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