This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.
3cupscubed butternut squash,about 1-inch cubes
½teaspoonfreshly cracked black pepper
¼teaspoonchipotle chile pepper
1head lacinato/tuscan kale,leaves torn from stems
1 to 2teaspoonsolive oil
2 to 3ouncesgoat cheese,crumbled
1/4cupapple cider vinegar
2garlic cloves,finely minced or pressed
1pinchcrushed red pepper flakes
1/2cupextra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the squash on the sheet and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and chipotle pepper. Toss well. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the squash has started to caramelize.
While the squash is roasting, chop the kale leaves. Place them in a large bowl and drizzle on 1 to 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale, massaging for a few minutes. Let the kale sit for 5 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the kale and toss. Add on the crumbled goat cheese and the roasted pepitas. Add on the squash. Drizzle with the dressing and serve!
In a bowl or jar, whisk together the vinegar, preserves, garlic, salt, pepper flakes and pepper. Stream in the olive oil while whisking until emulsified. Drizzle on the salad! This stays great in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.