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Kale Salad with Apples and Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Looking for some healthy recipes after the new year? Try this full flavored Kale Salad with Apples and Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 214kcal


For the Salad:

  • 1 acorn squash sliced into ½” thick slices seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
  • ½ thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 bunches of roughly cut fresh kale stems removed
  • 1 each cored and sliced Granny Smith and Fuji apple
  • 1 thinly shaved bulb of fennel
  • 3 stalks of thinly shaved celery
  • 1/2 cup of pistachios
  • 3/4 cup of dried cherries
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Dressing:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Coat the squash in olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and al dente, or slightly crunchy. Chill.
  • Next whisk together the red wine vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved and submerge the onions. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss together the kale, some of the pickled red onions, apples, fennel, celery, pistachios and cherries and season with salt and pepper. Add a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette and toss together. Finish with Parmesan cheese and top off with chilled roasted acorn squash.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2887IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg