10 Nov2014

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This was an incredibly easy salad to make, and it tasted unusually delicious. First take some young kale leaves and wash them well and dry them in a salad spinner. Cut them into say 1/2 inch pieces, cross-wise and toss them with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Some folks say to “massage” the leaves, but I didn’t bother. Leave these in a bowl for 15-20 minutes, essentially to wilt the leaves a bit and soften them. Meanwhile, take some butternut squash and peel it and cut into rings and brush with some butter and roast in your oven until golden and browned in some areas. Take this out and cool for a few minutes.

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Add the roasted butternut squash to the kale, then sprinkle some chopped cranberries or other dried fruit and some toasted squash seeds. Season with salt and pepper and add a bit more dressing if necessary. I haven’t eaten much uncooked kale in the past, but this salad was a revelation — delicious, nutritious and so easy to prepare. We had it along with several other vegetarian dishes one evening when we were feeling like eating lighter for a change…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Khew says:

    Replace squash with roasted red peppers and you have a Christmas salad which sits well for a long time on a buffet. For an Asian twist, use peanut+sesame oil, ground black pepper, ginger, garlic, lime and soy sauce. Lumpia skin painted with scant 5-spice, fried and crumbled on the side.

    Nov 10, 2014 | 9:51 am

     
  2. maria says:

    Where can i get butternut squash in Manila?

    thank you in advance!

    Nov 10, 2014 | 9:47 pm

     
  3. Marketman says:

    maria, these ones were from Rustan’s grocery I think. They have them at Dizon farms outlets in large groceries or even at SM sometimes.

    Nov 10, 2014 | 10:34 pm

     
  4. Natie says:

    Oh so good and nutritious! More tips for Holiday meals!!

    Nov 11, 2014 | 12:37 am

     
  5. Jane says:

    Yum, will make this for an upcoming retirement party at work, thank you for sharing!

    Nov 11, 2014 | 3:14 am

     
  6. Kasseopeia says:

    MM’s original idea + Khew’s suggestions = something to do with all the kale that’s been available lately. Yey!

    Nov 11, 2014 | 12:52 pm

     
  7. Betchay says:

    Vibrant colors!

    @khew: I will try that Asian dressing thanks!

    Nov 12, 2014 | 8:20 am

     
 

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