Roasted Butternut Squash Fennel Kale Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Fennel Kale Salad with Lemon Maple Dijon Dressing




Yield 2-4 servings

This salad will be a perfect meal during the cooler months with its roasted veggies and hearty ingredients. You'll love the flavors and how crazy good it tastes!


Salad Ingredients:

Lemon Maple Dijon Dressing Ingredients:


  1. Roasting Veggies: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with a Silpat. Then chop up your squash and fennel, add them to the lined pan and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss the veggies and then place them in a single layer and bake 20 minutes or until they’re tender.


  2. Pepitas: Heat a nonstick pan with no oil over medium heat then add the pepitas to the warm skillet. Stir regularly for 3-5 minutes or until the nuts start to turn light brown and you can hear them pop a little. Then transfer the nuts to a bowl and set aside until you’re ready for them.


  3. Kale: While the veggies bake, chop up the kale and then drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale for 1-2 minutes, so that the kale becomes tender.


  4. Dressing: Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl and then whisk together until they’re well combined.


  5. Remaining Ingredients: Then dice up the apples into bite-sized pieces. And I prefer to squeeze a little lemon over the apples once they’re diced to keep them from turning brown. Then roughly chop the dried cranberries.


  6. Egg: The final step is to poach the egg using your favorite method. This time I used the method you’ll find here, because I wanted to try a new way and it worked great!


  7. To finish, add the slightly cooled veggies, pepitas, apples, and cranberries to the bowl of kale, and then pour about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve right away and add a poached egg to each serving of salad, and then enjoy! You may be left with extra dressing, so store it for more salads if you’d like!


Quick Tip #1: To keep this dairy free I liked the creamy yolk of the egg and buttery texture of the roasted squash. But adding goat cheese for some dairy would be divine, I'm sure!

Quick Tip #2: This salad is perfect to customize and add what you like, so ingredients like goat cheese, diced chicken, avocados, tomatoes, and more are perfect additions.

Courses Main Meal

Cuisine Healthy

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 Salad (for a Main Meal)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 623

% Daily Value

Total Fat 36 g


Saturated Fat 6 g


Unsaturated Fat 28 g

Cholesterol 186 mg


Sodium 259 mg


Total Carbohydrates 73 g


Dietary Fiber 21 g


Sugars 34 g

Protein 16 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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