Avocado & Squash Kale Salad
Discussion of favorite foods always breaks the ice, doesn’t it? I remember how in every new situation, from summer program orientations to freshman move-in, conversation with brand new acquaintances would quickly turn on the best of the bad options in the dining hall or the foods we missed most from home.
Talking about food is fun. Clearly! The food blog section of the internet has taken those ice-breaker conversations to a new level. Here, we talk about food all the time. But there are a few different conversations happening. One is along the lines of new recipes and techniques–no-knead bread, peanut butter cookies, flourless pancakes. Everyone’s eager to tell everyone else when they discover that chia seeds make pudding! That you can make cookies with nothing but peanut butter, sugar, and egg!
Another running chat is about the variations and tweaks that we each make in our own kitchens, which we want to shout about because adding cheese and avocado and slightly warm roasted acorn squash to the massaged (yes) kale salad you already know about makes the leafy green salad creamy and rich and ready for fall. It’s a tiny update, but kind of important. So I’m informing you about this right now, and I’m also telling my new friends and followers over at the recently launched cooking app, HOORRAY.
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- 1 acorn squash
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bunch lacinato kale
- 1 avocado
- ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the squash in half through the stem and scoop out all the seeds. Brush the halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour (a knife inserted should go in really easily.) Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- In your serving bowl, mix together the lemon juice and mustard. Slowly pour in 3 tablespoons olive oil, whisking as you go. The goal is to emulsify the oil in the vinegar, so that the dressing gets thick. Add the grated garlic, then sprinkle in salt to taste. Season with freshly ground pepper.
- Now, prep the ingredients: pull the kale leaves off the stems. Wash and dry them. Break into bite-sized pieces, and, as you add to the bowl with the dressing, crumble them between your fingers. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and cut into cubes. Add to the salad bowl. Score the now-cooled squash into cubes and scoop those into the salad too. Add the Parmesan to the bowl as well, then toss everything together. Taste for balance of flavors, adding more cheese, lemon juice, or salt, as needed.