Kale Salad with Butternut Squash Ribbons

Saturday, 21 June 2014

This particular recipe doesn't really have a recipe. A few weeks ago I hosted a bachelorette party at our place for a friend. The maid-of-honor organized to have a chef come in and give us a "cooking lesson" well as you can imagine there was a lot of wine and not a lot of paying attention. One thing that I did pay attention to was this dish. I love butternut squash but I always have trouble with it because it takes so long to cook. The chef showed us a way to prepare it that meant it only needed to be in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Butternut squash ribbons! The kale salad is a very simple yet delicious combination of dressing ingredients. 
Ingredients 

  • Small - medium butternut squash
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stem removed and cut into bite sized pieces
Dressing
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper (be liberal)
Directions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F
  2. Peel the butternut squash 
  3. Use a thicker peeler and peel the butternut squash into ribbons (I watched a youtube video about how to make vegetable ribbons to get an idea of what the best way to do this)
  4. Toss the butternut squash in a little bit of oil and salt and pepper
  5. Spread the butternut squash on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 - 20 minutes
  6. Place the kale in a large salad bowl, add all the dressing ingredients (I didn't actually measure anything, I simply drizzled all the ingredients over the kale)
  7. Massage the kale with the dressing on it, this helps break down the "meatiness" of the leaves, adjust the dressing ingredients until it tastes delicious 
  8. Once the butternut squash is cooked through, pull it out of the oven and let it cool a bit
  9. Place a handful of the kale salad on each plate and top with the butternut squash ribbons

In our house this recipe only serves 2 because it is so delicious but it can be a side salad for up to 6. This salad easily keeps for lunch the next day, the kale doesn't wilt with the dressing on it. 



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