Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Have you guys tried massaged kale salads yet? Just over a year ago, I made my first one. It was the first time I had ever even eaten kale. Since that first massaged kale salad, we’ve been eating them a LOT. You can throw almost anything in a kale salad and it’s going to be good. And the best part is that once the kale salad is dressed, it doesn’t get all soggy and nasty like a dressed lettuce salad.

This massaged kale salad with pear and pumpkin seeds has been packed in my lunch box regularly for the past couple of weeks. I get a big bag of kale on Sunday and whip out 5 salads, one for each day of the week. I love the crunch from the pear and the subtle aroma of the nutmeg in the salad. (Also, I prefer to use red pears, but when I just put pears on the list, Hubby grabbed the ones in the photos. Any kind of pear will work here)

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Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

1 large (16 oz) bag Kale
3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ripe avocado
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
5 Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 red pears, chopped

Directions:

In large serving bowl, add the kale, lemon juice, and olive oil (start with just 3 Tbsp, add the last if you need it). Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the avocado and continue to massage with your hands.

Season with salt and nutmeg. Taste kale and reseason if necessary.

Mix in the pumpkin seeds and pears. Serve or store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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11 Responses to “Caramelized Butternut Squash”

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    Pam — November 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I have been loving Butternut Squash more than ever this season, myself! Your pictures are lovely, and making me hungry!

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    Lauren — November 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I LOVE butternut squash… especially when roasted until slightly crisp on the outside. Your caramelized version looks great – I will need to add a touch of brown sugar and butter next time I make it.

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    Boston Food Diary — November 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    YUM!!! I started my butternut squash kick this weekend- this looks amazing!

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    Melissa — November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I have a butternut squash from my CSA that I’m dying to cut into. I have a question though, how does one peel a butternut squash?

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    Jen — November 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Melissa – I like to use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel the skin off. You could do it with a knife, but I would be worried about cutting myself.

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    Julie — November 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous way to prepare those squash. I’ll have to remember this for if we have another bumper crop next year!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Jen, nice seeing you again yesterday. I usually roast my butternut squash with brown sugar too but I can’t believe I never thought of adding butter! I usually omit the salt and pepper because I like it very dessert-like, so I add cinnamon too 🙂

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    Paula — November 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    what a great blog!
    here is so many inspirations,

    have a nice time,
    Paula

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    Megan — November 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I love butternut squash too. It’s definitely delicious with just a bit of brown sugar. Sometimes I go a bit overboard and roast it with a whole lot of butter, brown, sugar, and maple syrup.

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 16, 2010 at 2:46 am

    This looks amazing! I love bn squash. I just made a fantastic soup, and now I want to carmelize it!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This is such a simple way to cook butternut squash and yet SO delicious! I’m loving your butternut squash blog posts!

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