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VIDEO: Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent healthy lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It’s made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll’s blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent healthy lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

Happy Monday! Who else likes to start their week off with fruit and veggie-packed meals? ME ME ME! I feel like if I set myself up for success on Mondays, then I’m more likely to continue the healthy eating train throughout the week. Believe me, it’s easy to deviate!

Today’s recipe is in partnership with Driscoll’s, our favorite berry company! A few weekends ago we attended a brunch with Driscoll’s and the Feed Feed at the Lynhall in Minneapolis and it got me all inspired to start incorporating berries even more than I already do into my diet. From desserts to salads to smoothies to savory tarts, there are so many different ways to use berries and for good reasons as well. Let’s learn a little bit about the star of today’s recipe, blackberries!

  • Out of any food tested, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving.
  • Blackberries are high in fiber and lower in sugar
  • Blackberries have been shown to help fight cancer
  • Blackberries grown year round in different parts of North America

Right now in November, the blackberries that we get in the states are actually growing in Mexico. So cool that we can eat berries year round! Blackberries have such an amazing flavor during this time of year that can complement a variety of dishes, especially this one!

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

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This salad is all about nutrition. We’ve got greens, healthy fats, protein, and fiber! It does require a few steps, but at the end, you’re going to be happy you did it all because the flavor combos are unreal.

I used to be a little weary about eating raw kale, but that’s because I wasn’t massaging it! Guys, you need to massage your kale if you’re going to eat it raw. It will make it less pungent and easier to digest. What that means is your cover your raw kale in olive oil and salt and give it a good massage with your hands. We’re talking 3-5 minutes. Your kale will turn from a dull green to a bright glistening green and become must more malleable.

Once you’ve massaged the kale you’ll need to take the following steps and make:

  • Dressing
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Roasted nuts and seeds

You are more than welcome to add whatever else you’d like to this salad, but I really do think we hit it on the head with the flavor combos. Plus, the blackberries make this salad so fresh and delicious.

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

VIDEO: Blackberry and Butternut Squash Harvest Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Author: Lee Hersh
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

For the Kale

  • 10 oz. kale, deboned and chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Butternut Squash

  • 1/2 butternut squash (24 ounces), cubed
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

For the Nuts and Seeds

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

For the Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 sea salt

For the Salad

  • 2 6-oz. packages Driscoll’s blackberries
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

For the Kale

  1. Place all ingredients for the kale in a large mixing bowl. Massage oil and salt into the kale with your hands for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.

For the Butternut Squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Spread butternut squash out on the baking sheet. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to the butternut squash and toss until squash is evenly coated.
  3. Place the baking sheet into the oven for 20-25 minutes.

For the Nuts

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients for nuts into a medium mixing bowl. Toss until nuts are evenly coated and then spread out evenly onto the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 8-10 minutes at 400ºF. You can roast the nuts in the oven with the squash.

For the Dressing

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the dressing into a mason jar. Tightly cover the mason jar and shake the jar to combine ingredients.

For the Salad

  1. Add blackberries, goat cheese, cranberries, kale, nuts, and butternut squash into a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over the salad. Toss and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 404
  • Sugar: 13
  • Sodium: 411
  • Fat: 31
  • Carbohydrates: 32
  • Fiber: 7
  • Protein: 7

This Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad is an excellent healthy lunch or dinner and even doubles as a holiday salad to share. It's made with roasted butternut squash, candied nuts, Driscoll's blackberries, and massaged kale with a homemade dressing!

This post is sponsored by Driscoll’s. I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds and making this website possible! 

Originally posted at FitFoodiefinds.com

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