Tuscan Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pepitas, and Pomegranate

Tuscan Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pepitas, and Pomegranate


1 Lb Butternut squash, cubed (or about 3 cups any seasonal root vegetable, like delicata squash, beets, sweet potatoes, or carrots)

2 Tbsp Sizzle

2 Bunches Dino kale (also known as Tuscan kale or Lacinato kale, stems removed)

1⁄2 Cup Pepitas

1⁄2 Cup Pomegranate arils, dried cranberries, or thinly sliced granny smith apple

Handful or two crumbled goat cheese, feta cheese, or blue cheese

Optional: A few slices crispy bacon, crumbled

For the Vinaigrette

1 Clove grated garlic or 1 finely chopped shallot

2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar

Zest and juice of 1 orange

1 Tbsp Maple syrup

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1⁄3 cup Drizzle

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste


Active Time: 30 min

Full Time: 1 hr 15 min

Serves 8

Preheat oven to 425F. Toss butternut squash with Sizzle and few generous pinches of kosher salt.


Arrange on baking sheet and roast for about 35-40 minutes, or until squash is caramelized on the outside and fork-tender, making sure to toss squash about halfway through.


While the squash is roasting, make the vinaigrette. To large bowl or jar, add garlic, apple cider vinegar, orange zest and juice, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and few generous pinches kosher salt. Let sit for about 5 minutes to macerate the garlic. Whisk in Drizzle until combined.


Roughly chop the kale and toss in vinaigrette and really massage it with your hands for a minute. This helps take off that super intense earthy bite, and the kale will essentially marinate in the dressing as the rest of the dish comes together.


After you prep the kale, toast pepitas in skillet over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are lightly browned and crunchy. Set aside.


When the butternut squash is done roasting let cool for several minutes.


In large serving bowl, toss dressed kale with half of the butternut squash, half of the pepitas, half of crumbled cheese, and half of the pomegranates to evenly coat in dressing.


Top salad with remaining ingredients and serve! (Pro tip: tossing the greens with half of the toppings and finishing with the remaining toppings prevents all of the fixins from falling to the bottom of the bowl, you’re welcome).

This recipe is part of the Graza Guide to Friendsgiving!