October 8, 2015 96

Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

I’ve been blogging for almost four years now. Which is kind of crazy. Majority of that time has been spent here, and a year or so on my original blog, under a different name – you may remember that way back. Throughout this time, my style, taste, cooking skillz and nutrition knowledge have grown and evolved into what they are now. Thanks goodness for growth, am I right?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction I want to take my blog to next. And I really want to leverage my skills as a Health Coach, and make With Food + Love a place for both quality recipes and resources. Over the next few months, I’ll be making subtle changes and updates that will allow me to share my love for wellness and cooking and eating good food, with a heartier emphasis on tips and tricks on how to eat clean and save money with a plant-based lifestyle.

I haven’t totally decided on how I’ll do this. I’m thinking videos might be involved. A weekly column idea might be introduced. BUT – I’d love any feedback you’d like to send my way. Things you already enjoy that I do that you don’t want to see go, and/or some stuff you’d really like to see me do more of. Love you guys like whoa, as always, thanks for reading and for all your support!

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Today I’m honored to bring you a sneak peak into Food52 + my friend Gena’s new collaborative book, Food52 Vegan. As it states, kale salads can be so popular these days they’re easy to overlook. It’s also pretty easy to not do them well. But when they’re done well, with a generous amount of massaging {yes – when you eat kale raw you must massage it for optimum taste, texture and digestibility} they can be showstopping. The pomegranate seeds and maple dijon dressing give this salad the right amount of brightness. And the creamy and colorful kabocha, similar to acorn squash but less sweet, gives it substance so you can serve it as a filling appetizer or a lighter meal.

Food52 Vegan is a beautiful new addition to my collection of classics.  It is the perfect book for vegans, and omnivores alike. Challenging for the advanced plant-based cook, yet straight-forward and enticing enough for those of you who just want to eat more veg. If you are a client of mine, this book was made for you!! If you’d like to win a copy of this book leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite fall foods are by, October 16 at noon Central. I will choose a winner at random, and notify them by email. Sorry folks, this giveaway is open to US and Canada readers only. Good luck, you want this, it’s a total beaut!

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Food52 Vegan Giveaway! | @withfoodandlove

Kale Salad with Kobocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing | @withfoodandlove

Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing {print me!}

Lightly adapted from Gena Hamshaw’s Food52 Vegan

Notes: Gena’s recipe dressed this salad with a light dijon vinaigrette, but I chose to make a creamy version by switching up the ratio and add some almond milk in the mix. The original recipe also calls for roasted hazelnuts, but I didn’t have any on hand and used pumpkin seeds instead. As you can see, the recipe is pretty versatile, feel free to play around with it and make it your own.


  • 1 small kabocha squash, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large bunch curly kale, ribs removed + chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drizzle half the olive oil, and sprinkle half the salt and pepper onto the cut kobocha squash. Toss to coat well and roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping half-way.

While the squash is roasting massage your kale. Using your hands rub and finesse the kale for a few minutes with the remaining olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice and set aside.

Whisk together the dijon mustard, almond milk and maple syrup, and set aside.

When the squash is done roasting toss it with the kale. Plate it with the pomegranate and pumpkin seeds and drizzle the dressing on top.

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Thanks to the folks at Ten Speed Press for gifting me an advance copy of Food52 Vegan! Recipe adapted and reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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96 Responses to "Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash + Maple Dijon Dressing"

  1. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I would love to get my hands on a copy of her cookbook! I love anything pumpkin in the fall, as well as apple and brussels sprouts! That salad looks incredible.

  2. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    This salad is gorgeous! This time of year I’m a big fan of anything pumpkin!

  3. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Is it cheating to say that I like all of the fall foods? Because I really do…I guess if I had to pick one fruit, I would say apples and if I had to pick one vegetable, I would say beets!

  4. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Cannot wait to order this cokbook (but hoping I win, so I will hold off – briefly, I have little patience!). Last year I feel in love with delicata squash and I have just been waiting for it to get cool enough to roast some up. It’s on the menu for this weekend.

  5. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I love hot apple cider that’s chock full of warming spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, star anise, and cardamom. It’s the perfect cozy drink to pair with all of the wonderful fall foods that appear each autumn!

  6. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Favorite season: Fall! Favorite fall food: Butternut squash!

  7. Reply

    Sophie | The Green Life

    October 8, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    These sound like really exciting changes! Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with. :) This book has been on my mind lately, it sounds fabulous! Fall brings so much goodness to enjoy, but I’d say butternut squash remains my favorite. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. <3

  8. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    I can’t get enough of farro with roasted pears, pomegranate & hazelnuts for breakfast. And apple cider. Warm. With a little booze ;)

  9. Reply


    October 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    cider & pumpkin anything!

  10. Reply

    Bena Wilbern

    October 9, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    My favorite fall foods are butternut squash and sweet potatoes. I just had some amazing squash curry the other day and thought I was in heaven! :)

  11. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Looks great and good luck with the changes! Can soup be considered a favorite fall food?!

  12. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    Squash of all kinds and apples!

  13. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    This time of year the perfect dinner is a pan of roasted beets and butternut squash drizzled with a little avacado oil and seasoned with lavender pepper and a glass of red wine.

  14. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 4:56 AM

    My favorite fall food is pears. I like them fresh, in salads, in pies, tarts, crisps, crumbles, and cooked with other fall vegetables.

    I love squashes, too, and fennel.

  15. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 5:44 AM

    I love baking in the fall, spaghetti squash and fresh hot apple cider. ❤️

  16. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    My favorite fall foods are butternut squash and apples. I love love love fall!!

  17. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Gena’s book looks fantastic, and this salad is exactly the kind of thing I love to eat when the weather cools down. So good! My favourite Fall food is probably apples, but it’s really hard to choose!

  18. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    This salad is beautiful! My favorite fall foods are apples and pumpkins: applesauce, apple tarts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, apple or pumpkin butter…makes me happy.

  19. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Oh my there is none other then pumpkin! Haha yes I’m one of those… but I also love the fall flavors of Kabocha (my second favorite), cranberries and apples. This time of year is my favorite, especially when it comes to eating :)

  20. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Squash is definitely my favorite fall food….. delicata and kabocha cause you don’t have to peel them and they are soooo yummy!

  21. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Great recipe- I just cooked Kabocha Squash for the first time and will certainly be making this next week!!!!! I love fall squash.

  22. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    I love roasted squash, comforting soups, and apples and pears.

  23. Reply

    Kelly G.

    October 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    I really love the sweet nuttiness of roasted fall squashes!

  24. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Savory and sweet foods. Stuffing with sage, rosemary and thyme. Pickled mushrooms with garlic and lemon. Butternut squash, apples and onions curried for soup. Topped with toasted pecans. Will try adding pomegranate seeds like your salad! Spinach with nutmeg. Thank you for the opportunity.

  25. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    butternut squash and apples are my favorite fall foods!

  26. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    That salad looks amazing!! My favorite fall food would have to be:
    –apple pie!
    –a return to warm pureed soups – I really love pumpkin, sweet potato, and other orange squashes, with fun crunchy or creamy toppings.

  27. Reply

    Paola ely

    October 9, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I’m a sucker for fall inspired spices…even year round. I love carnival squash and honestly, right now, I love anything with a combination of nutmeg, cardamom, garam marsala spices. It warms me up inside!

  28. Reply

    Mary Beth Horst

    October 9, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Pomegranate seeds, apples or pears in a salad with walnuts and blue cheese crumbles is a fall favorite! This recipe is a keeper, thanks for the contest!

  29. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    squash, apples, pears, parsnips, + celeriac!

  30. Reply

    Kathleen Herlihy

    October 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Squash and the creamy avocados that are almost gone!

  31. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Favorite fall foods are prapared warm and comforting: delicata squash, spaghetti squash and apples! Yum. Thanks for sharing this kale salad recipe. I’m trying it tonight.
    Keep up the awesome work!

  32. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    fave fall food would have to be chili or any hearty soup/stew. steaming broth was made for fall days

  33. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    I love butternut squash and pomegranate seeds! I also like
    Pumpkin spice lattes and hot apple cider. I can’t wait for
    this new book to come out!

  34. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    My favorite fall food is pumpkin, especially roasted pumpkin. This recipe looks so delicious, thank you.

  35. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    This salad looks amazing! And I would love to win this recipe book.

  36. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    This is gorgeous — I LOVE that speckled bowl, Sherrie! (Looks so similar to my Akiko Graham pieces! Any chance…?) And my fave fall food (since I might as well enter if I’m here, right…?) is but-nut. Preferably with thyme and brown shoogah. You feel me. ;)

  37. Reply

    Kristina N.

    October 9, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    i love all the fall squashes. roasting them and stuffing them with hearty grains and veggies just makes me so happy.

  38. Reply

    Beth R.

    October 9, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    There are so many! I love Brussel sprouts, sweet spaghetti squash, pomegranates, plump figs, crisp apples and persimmons!

  39. Reply

    Sarah | Well and Full

    October 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I’m so excited to see what kind of changes/updates you make around here! My feedback would be that I love seeing how you take whole, healthy foods and transform them into something that is gourmet. So I’d love to see that continue as you write more about nutrition/health! :D

  40. Reply

    Heather Boley

    October 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    WAIT! I have to choose only one favorite fall food!!!!….. hmmm. Well, I’ll cheat and say squash and by squash I’ll also be meaning pumpkin. This recipe has all of my favorie components: Kale, Maple, Kambocha (I think quite possibly my favorite squash and perhaps this would be my favorite fall food of all), pumpkin seeds and LEMONS. Needless to say this will need to position itself on a need to make recipe for the week. YUM. Thanks for always posting such wonderful pictures and wonderful recipes and of course the chance to win the giveway. :) love and light – xo – H

  41. Reply

    Fallon Nevarez

    October 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    My favorite fall foods are pomegranates, and all sorts of squash! I would love to win this book. I’m trying to improve my diet and I need more recipes! :)

  42. Reply

    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    October 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll go with apples, Stokes purple sweet potatoes, and pears!

  43. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    coincidentally, kabocha squash is my favorite fall food! i love seeing them during this season :)
    my favorite way is to steam them up for the week so i can snack/eat them anytime!

  44. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    I’m from Michigan so apples, apples, apples! But butternut squash is really up there! I love making soup and the beautiful color!

  45. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    I am loving delicata squash and apples right now. I have never tried kabocha squash so maybe tomorrow at the farmer’s market there will be some. Your recipe looks delish, Sherrie, and thank you for the opportunity to win the cookbook. I love Food52!

  46. Reply

    Beth P.

    October 9, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I have to admit that I’ve been eyeing the Food52 Vegan cookbook since it was first announced. It would be fantastic to win a copy :). Like many of the folks who’ve commented here, I love fall foods—I’ve already made my first batch of soup and will be roasting vegetables soon! Favorites include squash (especially butternut and kabocha), sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and beets.

  47. Reply


    October 9, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Yams, squash, beets and carrots! It’s the perfect season to have these veggies roasted up and all that sugary goodness bursting out. Thanks for the opportunity1

  48. Reply

    Tracey Kruger

    October 9, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    I’m a big fan of root veggies, plus Brussels sprouts, butternut and kabocha squash, fall fruit (pears, apples, pumpkin). And always the greens. :-) Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

  49. Reply

    Nabila Chami

    October 10, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks amazing. I’m really digging delicata squash these days. Included it in a big red curry with chickpeas the other day and it was to die for!

  50. Reply

    Susan Lucchesi

    October 10, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    I love anything squash and kale….roasted Brussels sprouts are high on my list as well! Looking forward to trying this! Thanks

  51. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Definitely going to make this salad–love the maple syrup and mustard combo. Fall staples are any type of apple (make apple compote every other day), roasted butternut squash with sea salt & olive oil and Japanese sweet potatoes. Totally dig taking a healthy approach on the blog. This book looks fabulous!

  52. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    I love roasted root vegetables

  53. Reply

    comprar pela net

    October 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Oh my, this is way too cute and delicious.
    It’s super easy!!

  54. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Butternut squash soup…so delicious and cozy. :)

  55. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Apples and pumpkins are my favorite foods this time of year! I have been so excited about this cook book!

  56. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Squashes, sweet potatoes, apples and pears. By far my favorite food season

  57. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    My favorite fall foods include any squashes, especially butternut and pumpkin, made into soups or just roasted and eaten with a salad like this kale one!

  58. Reply

    Nicollette D

    October 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    I love winter squashes of all kinds. This week I got a dumpling squash in my CSA, and I hadn’t tried it before. I steamed it. It was delicious!

  59. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I love persimmons, my favorite fall treat

  60. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Love the recipe. For me, all things squash and of course Brussels sprouts.

  61. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    You can’t go wrong with all the autumn squashes–yum!

  62. Reply

    Amy Katz

    October 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I love pomegranate, squash, and apples!

  63. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    My favorite fall foods are sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and apples!

  64. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    I love every type of squash! Acorn squash is probably my favorite, but butternut is a close second. Popcorn reminds me of fall as well, but I don’t eat much of it these days.

  65. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    My favorite fall foods are apples and pears! I also love winter squash and Brussel sprouts. Any fall vegetable roasted is amazing!

  66. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    I love apple cider donuts and butternut squash soup!

  67. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Love winter squashes and brussel sprouts!! Love roasted vegetables in the fall. This cookbook looks great!

  68. Reply


    October 10, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    i love ALL fall foods! how can you pick?! something about them is so warm, comforting & delicious.

  69. Reply

    wendy cline

    October 11, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    I have a hard time picking just one favorite for fall! Anything with acorn squash in the recipe is a favorite of mine but anything pumpkin works too. This salad looks wonderful!

  70. Reply

    Amy S

    October 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    My favorite fall foods are soups and stews!

  71. Reply


    October 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t think there is a fall food I don’t like! Honeycrisps and Delicata squash are probably my favorites. Can’t wait to check out this cookbook. I’ve been dairy-free for the past year due to my baby’s sensitivity and have found great cooking ideas from vegan sources!

  72. Reply


    October 11, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! My favorite fall food is the stunning array of apples that are now so easy to find. From unique heirlooms to the exquisite HoneyCrisp and the classic Pippin, Just sublime!

  73. Reply


    October 11, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Honey crisp apples are my fave!

  74. Reply


    October 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Root vegetables are some of my favorites. I can never pass up a crisp apple though!

  75. Reply

    Ashley R.

    October 11, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    OMG. This salad looks AMAZEBALLS. Seriously. Can’t wait to make, though I may substitute butternut as that’s what I have right now. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cookbook. I am currently in the design phases of building a tiny home, which means I need to pare down my LIFE. I can only take a COUPLE great cookbooks with me, and I know this would be perfect. Look forward to your new adventures :)

  76. Reply

    Heather R.

    October 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    I’m in love with this salad because it includes my favorite fall food: pomegranates!

  77. Reply


    October 11, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I love fall vegetables! I love all squash and brussel sprouts. Also apple season is great. I love to go picking at my local orchard and sample all sorts of varieties.

  78. Reply

    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    October 12, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    YAY to four years (!!!) and YAY to this gorgeous salad from one of my new favorite books :) so beautiful, Sherri!

  79. Reply

    Gali M.

    October 12, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I love winter squashes of all kinds. Today I am making Delicata Squash with Orange & Pistachios!

  80. Reply


    October 12, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    As much as I love squash, my favourite fall food is definitely apples. I grew up in a village known for its orchards, and every fall I make a point to eat as many apples as I can, fresh or baked in pies or crisps!

  81. Reply

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    October 12, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I’ve been eyeballing this book for a little while now. It’s gorgeous and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. And so much love for kale salads. Yeah, they might not be as trendy as they were a few years ago, but I’m still eating them everyday. Seriously THE BEST. My favorite fall foods are definitely apples and squash (butternut and delicata are my top two!).

  82. Reply


    October 12, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Sweet potatoes and kale are my favorites! Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

  83. Reply

    claire tucker

    October 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    My favorite fall foods are fresh apples and pureed soups with coconut milk — made with either squash like butternut or kabocha, or root vegetables like parsnips or sweet potatoes.

  84. Reply

    Robin Berger

    October 12, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Wow does this look great. I am a fan of all squashes but I haven’t used the kabocha squash. It use to only come very large so I have never used it. I do love kale, especially baby kale which doesn’t really need a massage. this new cookbook looks great. I had a friend ask me the other day if I still used cookbooks, since you can find so many recipes so easily on the web. I told her that I still love my cookbooks and use them frequently as well as using the internet. I will never give them away. Although they do take up a lot of space in my kitchen.

  85. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    I’m a huge fan of all of the cool weather greens. And pumpkin anything goes without saying. Bring on fall!

  86. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    I love everything about fall!! I do love squash and this salad looks amazing but one of my biggest aha moments was when I realized how easy it is to make cranberry sauce – life changer!! lol The book looks wonderful!

  87. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    I love Brussels sprouts and butternut squash!

  88. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Kabocha pumpkin is my very favorite fall food. It grows abundantly here in Hawaii and is used in a lot of our multi ethnic cookery. I love the velvety mealy texture, and enjoy the skin as well! Whether roasted and tossed as a delicious salad such as this one, or quickly steamed and served with butter and herbs as a side dish (try a fried egg on top), I find it on my table for many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners! Yum!

  89. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I wait all year for fall to come around so I can get my hands on a butterkin (butternut/pumpkin) hybrid and make the most delicious pumpkin pie ever. Butterkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust isn’t too shabby either!

  90. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I love pumpkin, specifically in savory dishes, but I have a special place in my heart for fall desserts – all those yummy spices! I can’t wait to try out this recipe! I’ve never used kabocha squash before!

  91. Reply

    Terri Cole

    October 13, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    I always get excited about cooking in the fall, after the heat of summer. Roasted vegetables and lots of soup are some of my fall favorites.

  92. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I love apples, pumpkin, and my mom’s homemade vegetable stew in the fall.

  93. Reply


    October 13, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Brussels sprouts!!! Especially the tiny ones that are sweet to eat raw, right off of the stock.

  94. Reply


    October 14, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    i like those white sweet potatoes with the purple skin YUMM

  95. Reply

    Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)

    October 18, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    I’ll never be fed up of squash. What a lovely recipe thank you :)

  96. Reply


    October 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    I love kale and kabocha squash! I don’t know why I never thought to put the two together before.

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