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Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

This simple, fresh salad with hearty kale as a base has lots of sweet and savory notes with toasted breadcrumbs and sweet roasted squash. A honey-lemon dressing ties it all together.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Keyword: butternut squash, fall recipe, fall salad, kale salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $8.00


  • Half Sheet Pan
  • Skillet
  • Mixing Bowl or Mason Jar


Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 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

Toasted Breadcrumbs:

  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9064IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 1mg