Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kale & Brussels Salad

Welcome 2013!

You're welcome for not posting a cookie recipe ;)  Although I do have one that I can't wait to share with you, I decided to get the year started with a healthy, delicious salad.  During the colder months, I tend to go for hearty greens and like to include something warm...  probably because I'm always cold.

The brussels sprouts were a new addition to this salad, a regular in my kitchen, and I like adding a little variety to the greens.  The toppings depend on what vegetables get roasted each week, and sometimes I even remember to add goat cheese and toasted pecans!

Kale & Brussels Salad w/Butternut Squash
inspired by Joanne & Brandi

3c butternut squash cubes
1 head kale
12oz brussles, trimmed
pomegranate arils

For the dressing:
3T extra virgin olive oil
2T grade B maple syrup
2T white balsamic vinegar
1t dijon
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400deg.

Add butternut squash to a bowl and toss with a drizzle of olive oil, coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-30min, or until tender.

While the squash is roasting, prepare the salad greens.  Wash and de-stem the kale, then tear into pieces or roughly chop.  Add kale to a large bowl.  Thinly slice the brussels sprouts and add them to the kale.  Prepare the dressing by adding ingredients to a small bowl (could also use a measuring cup or shake up in a tightly sealed jar).  Pour dressing over greens and toss well to combine.  Set greens aside.

Once the squash is roasted, remove from the oven.  Plate salad greens, then top with butternut squash and pomegranate arils before serving.

What's your favorite kind of salad in the winter months??  Did you make any resolutions for 2013?


Elizabeth said...

Don't think I've ever done kale and brussels together though I looove kale and butternut squash together

brandi said...

this sounds delicious!

Esi said...

I need to try this immediately. I love kale salads in the winter.

Natalie said...

we eat a ton of kale and i'm always looking for new ways to prepare it! this sounds great!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I love kale salads! I usually just toss the leaves in a simple vinaigrette, but I love the idea of adding squash!

Joanne said...

Ooo I need to try this salad with that maple dressing!! Even better than the lemon vinaigrette I usually use!

Megan Ginsberg said...

I so want to make that salad. Looks so good! I make a raw brussels sprout salad with oranges and goat cheese a lot during the winter.

Ricki said...

So many of my favorite veggies in one recipe!! (And who needs cookies?) ;-) Thanks for this, another "must try."

Hope you had an amazing New Year's celebration--here's to 2013 and more fabulous recipes. :)

Daisy said...

awesome first meal of 2012

Daisy said...

2013 ;)

CJ - Food Stories said...

I've never served kale & brussel sprouts together but I should really try it - Thx for the inspiration :-)

Sacha said...

I've certainly been filling myself up with a great deal of kale these days. What a nice start to the New Year!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I really like adding warm elements to salads in the winter. This looks so healthy but comforting and tasty as well!

vanillasugarblog said...

HA! Joanne is the butternut squash queen isn't she?

Hannah said...

A perfect dish for the season- Light and clean flavors, but still warm and filling. Also much more appealing than the standard raw kale salad right about now!

Kerstin said...

I agree, warm components on winter salads are such a must :) Looks like a very satisfying salad and yes I'll take goat cheese on mine please :)

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