Saturday, February 7, 2015

Splendid Salads: Winter Kale Salad with a Punch

I love baby spring greens...in the spring! With snow on the ground, I crave hearty fare. This salad fits the bill! It is delicious, had complimentary flavors (the sweet carrots, the salted sausage) and is great the first time you make it as well as any other time as a left over.

Winter Kale Salad with a Punch

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 12-ounce package chicken sausage, sliced (I like Aidells brand)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 small bunches of fresh kale
  • Balsamic vinaigrette, to taste
  • 3 small apples, cored and chopped
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 4 ounces Cabot sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss butternut squash cubes with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 20-25 minute or until fork tender. 
  2. Meanwhile, remove stems from kale. Rinse thoroughly, dry and slice into thin ribbons. Place into a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette.  Massage dressing into the leaves (I know this sounds silly, but it tenderizes the leaves). 
  3. Toss apples, carrots and cheese into salad bowl. When squash and sausage are fully cooked, add to the bowl, toss to combine and serve!
Note: this salad is excellent leftover, too! Great to have for dinner one night and then enjoy for lunches later in the week. 

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