This kale salad is so festive for the holidays because of the ruby pomegranate jewels (ehm I mean pomegranate airils)!
The ultimate kale salad bowl with an almost halva-like creamy tahini dressing offset by juicy pomegranate and paired with naturally sweet roasted butternut squash and yam chunks.
Its delicious, juicy, creamy and loaded with all colors of veggies and fruit for many different nutrients and antioxidants 🙂
1/4 cup olive oil or liquid coconut oil
1/4 cup tahini
good pinch of garlic powder
dash of lemon juice, approx. tbsp
tiny splash of water or a tsp unsweetened coconut milk to thin it out
kale salad ingredients:
few bunches of kale, chopped, stems discarded
280 grams chopped butternut squash
1 small yam (the yam and squash can also be subbed for each other)
extra olive oil to roast the squash
1 pomegranate, seeded (see seeding tips) (or sub with cranberries, or even edemame, but pomegranate is juiciest)
handful of walnuts and toasted sesame for garnish
1/2-1 red apple, chopped (use more if pomegranate is unavailable to add juiciness)
optional coconut flakes, few
if you want to make it into a bowl: add cooked quinoa or brown rice
Preheat oven to 350. Cover the squash and yam chunks in olive oil and sea salt n roast about 30 min or until tender.
massage kale in the olive oil with hands for a few minutes or if you dont have time simply mix together the olive oil with the other dressing ingredients and toss on kale. if you did massage the kale in oil then stir the other dressing ingredients with a splash of water to make it more pourable. it may seem really thick but once tossed with olive oiled kale and pomegranate it will balance out, if needed add an extra spoon of liquid coconut oil or mct oil. toss kale in the dressing then top with the roasted veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds.
This is one of my favorite butternut squash recipes, but I also love a good cream of pumpkin and squash soup- for the butternut squash soup and more Christmas holiday dinner sides that happen to be plant based, paleo and gluten free check out this long list of festive healthy holiday sides that pair nicely with each other for a complete well-paired holiday spread.
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