Warm Butternut Squash & Kale Salad with Goat Cheese & Pepitas


This healthy salad makes the perfect side dish for the holidays. Butternut squash turns tender in the oven, while goat cheese and pumpkin seeds add creaminess and crunch. Letting the kale and lemon juice sit helps tenderize the leafy green, so don't skip that step.

Warm Butternut Squash & Kale Salad with Goat Cheese & Pepitas
Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash (3/4-inch)

  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced stemmed lacinato kale

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • cup crumbled goat cheese

  • ¼ cup pepitas, toasted

  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • teaspoon cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Spread squash and onion on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and maple syrup; sprinkle with kosher salt. Stir to coat and spread in an even layer. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine kale and lemon juice in a large bowl; toss to coat. Let stand while the squash is baking, allowing the kale to soften.

  4. Add the roasted vegetables to the kale; toss to combine. Top with goat cheese, pepitas, flaky salt and cracked pepper.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 17285IU 346%
Vitamin C 51mg 57%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 30mcg 8%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 78mg 19%
Potassium 433mg 9%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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