We went on a quick getaway to Asheville, NC this week. There are hints of color in the trees and the locally brewed pumpkin beer is out in full force. (I’m doing my best to sample all of it.) It’s that kind of fickle early fall weather where you head out for the evening in shorts and need a jacket as soon as the sun sets.
Farmers markets have one foot in both seasons which means that at one we passed through yesterday (see photo at the bottom of the post) there were plump, perfect peaches sitting alongside every sort of squash. Farmers market heaven, in my opinion. And yesterday was the equinox. The official shift into a new season. And therefore the official justification to drink all the pumpkin spice lattes (as. if. I hadn’t had more than my share already) and put squash in everything.
This kale salad is a bit of an ode to my family in Kansas. In a matter of weeks my sister requested one and two people asked if I had a go-to recipe. This, friends, is my new go-to recipe. A sweet, tart Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette balances (I’d say almost completely hides) the bitterness of the kale. The butternut squash gets all tender and sweet in the oven, as squash does. And toasted breadcrumbs add a savory crunch throughout the whole thing.
Special thanks to my sister Veronica, official salad-bowl-holder for this post!
Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
Butternut Squash and Kale Salad:
- 2 cups cubed Butternut Squash
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 bunch Kale, stems discarded, leaves torn into small pieces or thinly sliced with a knife
- 2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Grated zest from 1/2 Lemon
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup Panko (or other breadcrumbs)
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss butternut squash in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on a sheet pan, stirring halfway through, until tender, about 25 minutes.
- While squash is roasting, melt butter in a skillet and add panko. Toast, stirring constantly, until breadcrumbs turn golden brown and fragrant.
- Combine lemon juice, honey, mustard. Whisk while adding olive oil (or combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine). Season with salt and pepper. Pour half the dressing over the shredded kale and rub it into the leaves with your hands (this is the whole "massage the kale" thing which tenderizes the leaves).
- When squash is tender, toss with kale. Use a peeler or knife to shave strips of parmesan over the salad. Top with toasted panko and lemon zest and serve with the rest of the dressing.
Seems that Molly takes after her mom…never met a Farmers Market she didn’t like. (Though who can pass by something called the “Rad Farmers Market” and not go in?)