Salad/Salad Dressing

Wintry Kale Salad

Wintry Kale Salad combines squash, pomegranates, feta cheese and avocado with a mustard balsamic ginger dressing for a healthy and flavorful salad.
This Wintry Kale Salad came to be in a very strange way, and it all started with public transportation…

You see some interesting people on public transportation.

I work a few times a week as a kitchen assistant at Sur La Table. They offer cooking classes, so they hired me to clean up after the students, do the dishes and make sure no one catches on fire or cuts their fingers off…

Sur La Table is located 35 minutes away from my home. So, twice a week I don my pepper spray and get on TRAX…a public train that runs downtown. That’s where things come alive. For example…I’m pretty sure I witnessed a kidnapping the other day. And don’t even get me started about the guy on parole with the ankle monitor, or the man that insisted on composing his rap song very loudly while tapping his rhythm out on the back of my seat. Truth be told, I love people watching, so I really don’t mind the ride…

In one of the most recent classes I helped with, we made a delicious winter salad with delicata squash. On the TRAX ride home, I just kept thinking about how delicious that salad was. So of course, I decided to re-create my own version! But it turns out delicata squash is almost out of season, so I could only get my hands on butternut. Then, I realized I hadn’t paid close attention to Sur La Table’s dressing ingredients, so I made up something completely different. So yes, this Wintry Kale Salad is not even close to the one I ate at Sur La Table. But maybe that’s a good thing. When I eat it, I won’t be reminded of ankle monitors, kidnappers and wanna-be rappers…

Wintry Kale Salad combines squash, pomegranates, feta cheese and avocado with a mustard balsamic ginger dressing for a healthy and flavorful salad.
While it’s not Sur La Table’s, it’s still a wintry, kale-filled, squash-laden salad bursting with pomegranate seeds, feta-cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts. And then drizzle some mustard balsamic ginger dressing on top and…yuuuummm. It definitely qualifies as a “New-Year-Goal-Approved-Meal.” We’re all gonna eat healthier, exercise more and lose 200 pounds by the end of the year, right? 😉 But really, it’s such a nice thing to enjoy a flavorful and hearty salad that is good for you too!

Wintry Kale Salad combines squash, pomegranates, feta cheese and avocado with a mustard balsamic ginger dressing for a healthy and flavorful salad.

Wintry Kale Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 4 cups kale
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash or delicata squash
  • 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • Feta cheese for topping
  • Pomegranate seeds for topping
  • Mustard Balsamic Ginger Dressing
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey mustard
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger (less or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


    Roast the squash.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degree. With a vegetable peeler, remove the skin on the squash. Slice the squash in half the long way and scoop out the seeds and goop. Cut into small bite-sized cubes. (If using delicata squash, see notes).
  2. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 40-45 minutes, until fork tender. (If you over-roast, they can become mushy)!
  3. Make the dressing.
  4. Peel the ginger and mince into tiny pieces.
  5. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, honey, turmeric and ginger and then slowly stir in the olive oil. Set aside.
  6. Prep the pomegranate.
  7. Gently run a knife through the pomegranate skin all the way around the pomegranate. Don't cut all the way through. Once you have sliced all the way around the pomegranate, gently prod it open.
  8. Working with one half at a time, hold the pomegranate over a bowl and beat the back with a wooden spoon, so seeds fall into the bowl. Peel back the skin as you go to expose more seeds. Repeat until all seeds are dislodged.
  9. Assemble the salad.
  10. In a large serving bowl combine kale, roasted squash and sliced avocado. Top with toasted walnuts, feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.
  11. Toss with desired amount of dressing.


*If using delicata squash, leave the skin on. Slice the squash from stem to root and scoop out the seeds and goop. Place each side skin side up on a flat surface and slice from one side to the other, making a half-moon shape. Toss with oil and roast for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender but not too soft.

*Toss in some shredded or grilled chicken and this salad becomes a healthy and filling meal!

Wintry Kale Salad combines squash, pomegranates, feta cheese and avocado with a mustard balsamic ginger dressing for a healthy and flavorful salad.

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  • Reply Sabrina Fox January 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I am a huge sucker for new salad ideas! I have an issue eating healthy because it’s the SAME thing over and over again. Finding these helps me in more ways than one! Looks delicious. Thank you!

    • Reply Sarah January 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Sabrina, You’re not alone. So many people get stuck in a rut when trying to eat healthy. But you’ve got it! The trick is to mix things up so eating healthy never gets boring or bland…I’m glad you like this recipe! Happy healthy eating 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Rossi January 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Kale is my new obsession! so healthy and tasty 🙂

  • Reply Dia @ All The Things I Do January 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This looks so yummy and flavorful! I love salads that have a blast of flavor. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sarah January 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Dia! It is a flavorful one! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Butler January 7, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Not a huge salad eater, but this looks delicious! I absolutely love pomegranate and I’ve never seen it on a salad before. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sarah January 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Amanda! Trust me, pomegranates turn any salad into something delicious. 🙂 Give it a try!

  • Reply laci January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    wow im in love !!!! this is def my kind of salad pinned for later !! Laci

    • Reply Sarah January 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Laci, I’m so glad you like the look of it! Thanks for pinning, hope you like it as much as we do!

  • Reply Angie Scheie January 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

    This looks fantastic! A perfect winter salad 🙂 I love either delicata or butternut, and feta makes everything better, right?!

    • Reply Sarah January 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks Angie! And YES I’m so glad you agree about the feta. Seriously makes anything taste great 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Key Whisenand January 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    This recipe looks delicious. When I saw the word “Kale” I had to read it because I made my FIRST Kale salad last night for dinner and absolutely loved it. Who knew kale could be so good? (Everyone but me, it seems!) Anyway, I will keep your recipe on my list of what to try next.

    • Reply Sarah January 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Theresa, I’m so glad you got to experience kale! It’s honestly one of my favorite greens…it works great for salads and smoothies too! Enjoy!

  • Reply Claira January 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    The dressing for this salad sounds amazing!

    • Reply Sarah January 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks Claira! It’s a unique but tasty dressing. Hope you enjoy!

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