Massaged Kale, Quinoa and Butternut Squash Salad

Are you looking for a light side dish to bring on Thanksgiving or something to do with all the leftover roasted butternut squash?  Look no further!  I have a great and simple recipe to share with you!  I made it last week.  It’s tasty served warm or great to pack for lunch!!

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Massaged Kale, Quinoa and Butternut Squash Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish/Salad
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Serves: 4-5
Great to use leftovers or make as a healthy and filling side dish or main meal!
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 bag or bunch of organic kale
  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 3-4 cups of chopped butternut squash
  • Optional ¼ cup of pecans or other nuts. Pumpkin seeds would be great too!
  1. If your squash is uncooked pre-heat your oven to 415
  2. Roast squash for approximately 20 minutes in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss your squash at least once.
  3. While your squash is cooking cook quinoa according to directions on your package in two cups of vegetable stock. I find this gives the quinoa more flavor.
  4. When squash and quinoa are cooking, prepare your kale by tearing into smaller pieces and adding 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper.
  5. Massage the kale with your hand to make sure that all the kale is coated with olive oil. This will "wilt" the kale.
  6. Let the salad sit for at least 10 minutes and toss a couple of times.
  7. Once your squash and quinoa are done transfer it to the bowl with kale.
  8. Toss and serve and garnish with chopped pecans or other nuts

photo 2I never buy butternut squash whole.  I once tried to cut and chop it and it took so much time.  I am thankful for Costco chopped butternut squash.  It’s one of those things that makes life that much easier!!!

Are you hosting on Thursday?  Or brining a side?  Do you bring something healthy or go the more traditional route?  What’s on your table at Thanksgiving?


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8 Responses to Massaged Kale, Quinoa and Butternut Squash Salad

  1. Lisa A. says:

    Yum! I have to try this! Love everything in it and it looks delish! I make your other Massaged Kale & Chick Pea recipe quite often.

    I’m up in Canada – so we’ve already had our Thanksgiving feasts but since my kiddos love sweet potatoes I’ve been allowing a few extra weeks of sweet potato casserole with supper. (We treat it as a side dish to keep supper healthier though). Enjoy your holiday. 🙂

  2. Hello heaven! I LOVE butternut squash salads : )

    I’m not hosting buy I’m making corn bread for the family Thanksgiving
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  3. Kim says:

    I still need to try quinoa!!
    We are hosting my brother and his family (they should be here within an hour) for the rest of the week!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  4. Chopping butternut squash is the WORST!!!! Ha Ha! I have to wear gloves because that squash makes me hands feel all weird!
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