Kale Salad with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans

All of the flavors of fall wrapped up into one Kale Salad with Acorn Squash – topped off with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and candied pecans!Kale Sald with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans | #paleo #salad #thanksgiving #sidedish #squashsalad | hungrybynature.comI woke up yesterday morning to a text message from my uncle asking me about Thanksgiving. He is a PHENOMENAL cook – the kind that bakes bread from scratch every single week, the kind that started brewing booch way before I did, and the kind that is incredibly aware and attuned to his niece’s food allergies.

His text read:

“Hi, how ya doing? We need to chat about gluten free options for Thanksgiving sometime soon. I’m bringing a gluten and dairy free pumpkin pie. Fairly amazing. Gluten free cranberry pecan pie. I’m thinking about bringing a gluten free 9-13 dish of stuffing. Are you bringing anything? You’re such a damn good cook!”

He is actually the best.

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But furreal. A GF and DF pumpkin pie?! I’m already drooling just thinking about it. But I’m really most excited for that stuffing. Over the last few years, my feelings towards stuffing changed from ‘couldn’t care less’ to ‘gimme ALL of it’. And I was devastated thinking that this would be my first Thanksgiving without it… until now.

Be still my heart.

I am bringing this Kale Salad with Acorn Squash to Thanksgiving!

Kale Salad with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans | #paleo #salad #thanksgiving #sidedish #squashsalad | hungrybynature.com

And I am seriously jazzed about it.

This salad has all of the flavors of fall tossed together in one bowl of goodness.

  1. Hearty kale in a balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. Roasted acorn squash.
  3. Dried cranberries.
  4. Goat cheese.
  5. Candied pecans.

Kale Salad with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans | #paleo #salad #thanksgiving #sidedish #squashsalad | hungrybynature.comAnd as my uncle causally slips into the text message, “it’s fairly amazing.”

I’ll be back on Thursday with an allergy friendly dessert that needs to be on your Thanksgiving table!

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Kale Salad with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 acorn squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large bunch of green kale
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup pecan pieces
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half, scooping out seeds. Cut each half into ½ inch slices. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 40 minutes, flipping squash halfway through.
  4. While the squash is roasting, prepare the salad. Wash and dry kale and tear into bite size pieces. Drizzle kale with a balsamic vinaigrette and massage.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium-low and add pecans. Toast pecans until they come fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add maple syrup to pecans, making sure they are coated. Turn the heat off after another minute and allow the pecans to cool.
  6. Add roasted squash, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and crumbled goat cheese to kale. Toss to combine!

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6 thoughts on “Kale Salad with Acorn Squash, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans

  1. Alicia Kemmerly

    Cannot wait to taste this delicious salad at Thanksgiving! We are the luckiest recipients of all, getting to be at the table with such fine cooks… can’t wait to see you, celebrate family and consume these incredible morsels! XO, A.

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Yes – thank you Alicia!! I am excited that there are going to be SO MANY of us there this year – cannot wait to see you and the rest of the family and celebrate together!! xoxo

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Oh I love it! It’s really thin and kinda crispy on the edges. Just make sure you wash it really well before you roast and you should be good to go!

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  2. Georgie | The Home Cook's Kitchen

    a) this looks freaking amazing! b) I love that backdrop you used, it’s spectacular! c) can i have both you and your uncle round for thanksgiving!? holy moly that menu sounds amazing! this salad looks absolutely perfect too, I have found a new love in acorn squash!

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Thank you Georgie! This backdrop is the stormy silver from Erickson’s and I love it! And my uncle is honestly the most amazing human being and best cook. Thank you!

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