Harvest Salad with Maple Glazed Delicata Squash

Gluten-Free and vegan, this is a seriously good Kale Salad with Delicata Squash, Cranberries and the YUMMIEST Tangy Citrus Dressing

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Harvest Salad with Maple Glazed Delicata Squash

Hearty, Nourishing & Delicious!

Kale yeah!

Re-shot this HARVEST SALAD for the website today and it tasted even better than I remembered.

Massaged kale, ROASTED MAPLE-GLAZED DELICATA SQUASH, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and the yummiest CITRUS Dressing.

the previous shot on my website

All you need is Curly Kale, 1-2 Delicata Squash, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and the Easy Citrus Dressing.

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And delicata squash is the easiest of all the squash to cut!

First wash it well because you eat the skin of delicata squash. Then you cut off the ends and scoop out the seeds. Finally, cut into 1/4 inch slices. That’s it!

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And the squash can be cut into circles of half moons depending on the size and preference.

Both work!

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The key to the kale is massage it with olive oil and lemon juice.

It will get soft and turn bright green. And the kale will be super tender and tasty!

Not bitter at all!

Even non-kale lovers will love it!

Lastly the dressing.

The dressing is actually my favorite part of the salad —

It’s lemon juice, maple syrup, EVOO, shallots and a touch of Dijon and it’s SO yummy!

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A little sweet, a little savory, a little tangy…. A lot delicious!

And best part? All you have to do is whisk the ingredients together!gluten free harvest salad kale delicata squash #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

This recipe is from a friend and has been one of my Fall favorites for a long time.

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It’s equally fabulous as part of a dinner or a holiday dinner.

Pro tip: I like to serve this salad on a platter instead of a bowl because the squash are heavy and tend to sink to the bottom of a bowl.

On a platter you can see all the squash, cranberries and almonds for bursts of color.  It’s super festive!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.

Recipe

 
Harvest Salad with Kale and Maple-Glazed Delicata Squash Salad
 
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Gluten-Free and vegan, this salad has all the Fall vibes! Massaged kale, roasted maple glazed delicata squash, cranberries and almonds all tossed in a Citrus Dressing. A little sweet, a little savory, a little tangy, A LOT delicious!
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Recipe type: Salads, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 bunch curly Kale
  • 1- 2 Delicata squash, depending on size and how much you want in the salad (I always go with 2)
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • Olive oil (approx 2 tablespoons, divided)
  • Maple syrup to taste (approx 2-3 tablespoons)
  • Lemon juice (approx 1-2 tablespoons)
Citrus Dressing
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon (approximately 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Maple Glazed Squash
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Clean squash thoroughly (leave skin on delicata, it's ok to eat)
  3. Cut off the ends. Remove seeds. Slice into approx ¼ inch slices. Option: leave as circles or cut into half moons.
  4. Either on the baking sheet or in a small bowl, toss sliced squash with olive oil and maple syrup. I use approximately 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup depending on how much squash there is.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, until softened and caramelized. Edges will get browned and crisp.
  6. Set Aside and let cool.
Citrus Dressing
  1. Whisk all ingredients together to combine. Taste and adjust to tastes as needed.
Massage Kale
  1. Removed stems from kale and slice into ribbons or tear into pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice and toss, then gently massage kale until softened. Kale will turn a bright great color. Massaging kale like this will make it more tender and a bit sweeter/ ie not bitter.
Assemble
  1. To the bowl with kale, add roasted squash, cranberries and almonds and toss with desired amount of dressing.
  2. Pro tip: If serving a crowd, I like to serve this salad on a platter rather than a bowl so you see more of the squash and cranberries -- looks super festive!
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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