This is an awesome thanksgiving salad. It's nice to mix a few greens into our heavy fall/winter diets, and this is a great way to do it. Cutting up a whole butternut squash can be a pain, but with these frozen chunks it's so easy to add this nice warm element to the salad.
What you will need
20 oz frozen butternut squash
2 tsp olive oil
1 bunch curly kale
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 can chickpeas
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cumin
MANDARIN ORANGE DRESSING
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 mandarin orange
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper(Nutritional facts 141 calories, 4.71 g fat, 25.63 g carbohydrates, 2.55 g protein, 5 mg cholesterol, 196 mg sodium)
How to cook
Gather all ingredients.
Combine salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika.
Add cumin, and garlic powder.
Drain chickpeas and make spice mix. Portion all other ingredients.
Set oven to 425 degrees
Add the squash to a non-stick pan, or a pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle about two teaspoons of olive oil over the squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix together.
Add the butternut squash tossed in oil to the oven set at 425 for 20 minutes.
Wash the kale and strip the leaves off of the kale stem. Hold the end of the stem with one hand and pinch the leaves with your other hand and pull off the stem.
Roughly chop or tear the kale into bite sized pieces. Add to a large bowl.
Add about a teaspoon of oil over the kale and a pinch of salt and pepper. Massage the kale with your hands until coated the kale is softened and coated in oil. Set aside
Add the drained and dried garbanzo beans to a bowl and toss with the spice mixture.
Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to a bowl.
Squeeze the juice from the small mandarin orange (about 2 tbsp) and mix with a fork to combine.
Remove the squash from the oven and add the spiced chickpeas to the same pan.
Add the squash and chickpeas back to the oven to roast for another 15 minutes.
Add the roasted chickpeas and squash to the massaged kale. Add the dried cranberries and crumbled feta next.
Drizzle the salad with the mandarin orange dressing and mix!