Autumn Butternut and Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette


A nutritional powerhouse with squash and kale but you'll want a second helping because it tastes so good!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 cups


  • 4 cups butternut squash - peeled, seeded, quartered, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon Mazola® Corn Oil

  • ½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper

  • 4 cups thinly sliced kale

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped toasted pecans

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • teaspoon Spice Islands® Sea Salt

  • ¼ teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss squash, onion, maple syrup, oil, thyme and black pepper in a large bowl. Place evenly on large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper; roast 30 minutes or until squash is tender and edges are starting to brown.

  2. Place kale in the same large bowl. Toss with hot, cooked squash and onions and set aside. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together. Drizzle over salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and pecans; serve immediately.


Recipe Tip: Cut out the heaviest part of the center rib of each kale leaf. To thinly slice kale, roll leaves together like a fat 'cigar', then slice thinly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
4g Fat
56g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 75mg 376%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 683mg 15%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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