Warm Kale Salad With Roasted Squash Recipe

The following is a post that was originally featured on Jelly Toast and written by Emily Caruso, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m a total kale convert. In fact, I am really starting to regret my “kale is the worst” stance from a few months ago. Which means, of course, I have been cooking kale any way possible. You see, I have a habit of getting on food kicks where I find one ingredient and cook it in every way imaginable until I (or my family, at least) is completely over it. Well, I feel like I’m on the tail end of a kale kick, which started with veggie enchiladas, kale chips, and kale salad with roasted salmon. See? I wasn’t kidding.

And now, I’m a kale-o-holic. But, you have to trust me, this one’s different and it’s all about Autumn.

This warm kale salad with maple roasted acorn squash is sautéed, served warm, and tossed with a sweet balsamic vinegar and maple dressing. With the addition of the roasted acorn squash and pumpkin seeds, it’s a perfect transition into Fall. Which is music to my ears.

This one is for all of my Fall- loving friends.

From Jelly Toast

Warm Kale Salad Recipe

Warm Kale Salad With Roasted Squash Recipe


1 acorn squash, seeds removed and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
5 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
Salt and pepper
Pinch of dried sage
1 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add sliced squash, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, salt, pepper, and sage to a large bowl; toss to combine. Spread squash rings and liquid evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Roast squash for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add remaining olive oil and kale. Stir kale until coated with oil and beginning to wilt, about 30 seconds. Pour remaining maple syrup and vinegar over kale and continue to stir until kale is bright green and tender, but not completely wilted, about 30-60 seconds more. Transfer kale to a large bowl.
  4. Top kale with roasted squash and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

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