Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad With Feta, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

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Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries on Plate

I made this salad for the second time today and I’m in LOVE!

First I have to tell you how I got the idea because, well, that’s what I do.

I had a bunch of kale from the farm last week and despite my best efforts in getting it into the family, I normally end up eating most of it so it doesn’t go bad. It either finds its way into my eggs for breakfast or in salad during lunch — click here to see other kale salad ideas.

I also had a bulb of  butternut squash in my fridge after making some fries a few days ago.

half butternut squash bulb

Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with it. I was too lazy to cook it but I didn’t want to see it go to waste. So I decided to try something new: I grated it and added it to a salad.

The result was AMAZING!!

Thanks to Gail, who gave me the idea to make the salad in a bag, there was no mess either!

kale salad in a bag

So the idea here is simple: Cut kale into thin ribbons, add other tasty ingredients and a vinegar-based dressing to help break down the leaves. Then massage for a bit, which is super easy to do in a bag. Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Dried CranberriesThe result is a tasty kale-based salad which, by the way, is very portable. Such a great way to bring lunch to work!

I paired it with my Breakfast Sausage & Sweet Potato Soup With Peas and the combo was super satisfying for lunch.

Here’s how I made it…

  • 100g of kale (2-3 large leaves with stems removed)
  • 50g chunk of raw butternut squash (about half the bulb of a large one, around 4 inches in diameter)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (28g)
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries (10g)
  • 1/2 oz walnut halves (14g)

Bunch up the kale and chop into thin ribbons.

Chopping Kale

Grate the butternut squash.

Grated Butternut Squash

Whisk the vinegars and honey together with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.

dressing for kale salad

Put everything into a large plastic bag and seal it shut.

Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries - in bag

Beat it up!

Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries - mix

Seriously, give everything a good mix up and massage. It will soften the leaves and combine all the flavors.

Dump onto a plate and enjoy!

Kale and Raw Butternut Squash Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries on Plate

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
335 16g 5g old: 7 new: 10
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
26g 5g 44g 11g
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