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Kale & Butternut Squash Fall Salad

Fall is in full swing! Which means holiday baking is right around the corner. I like to give myself a bit of a break from all the candy and sweets that come around this time of year and make sure my body is still healthy and happy. I do so with this Kale & Butternut Squash Fall Salad.

This plant-based dish is full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants and does not skimp on flavor. Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein as well as being high in soluble fiber, as is butternut squash. Butternut squash is also high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation. Roasting the chickpeas adds a nice crunch to the salad and the dressing really shines too, thanks to the combination of oil, rice vinegar (I used Marukan Organic Rice Vinegar), and apricot preserves. This combination of ingredients is like fall in a bowl!

And, since October is Vegetarian Month, this salad is even more fitting for this time of year. You can serve this as a main dish or as a side dish – it’s hearty enough to stand on its own but also pairs well with other dishes like a soup or stew.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Fall Salad on a bronze oval serving platter

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Closeup of a Butternut Squash and Kale Fall Salad on a bronze oval serving platter
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Kale & Butternut Squash Fall Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings (as a main dish or 6 servings as a side)
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1- inch cubes)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Marukan Organic Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 cloves garlic , grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces baby kale , washed and dried
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 ounces soft goat cheese , crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, the garlic powder, cumin, and paprika. Place the squash on one baking sheet and the chickpeas on another. Drizzle both with olive oil. Put about ¾ of the spice mixture over the squash and the rest over the chickpeas. Toss both to coat.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the squash is cooked through and starting to brown and the chickpeas are crunchy. The chickpeas may take an extra 5 minutes.
  • Place the remaining ½ cup olive oil, the vinegar, apricot preserves, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a Mason jar, cover, and shake well to blend completely.
  • Put the kale in a large bowl, add a couple tablespoons of the dressing, and massage the kale using your hands. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  • Add the squash, chickpeas, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds to the kale. Add dressing and toss to coat. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Add the goat cheese and toss gently.
  • Put in a serving bowl or on a platter and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Kale & Butternut Squash Fall Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 908mg26%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 14231IU285%
Vitamin C 60mg73%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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