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Festive Delicata Squash Kale Salad with Miso Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This festive delicata squash kale salad with citrusy miso tahini dressing is perfect for the holidays.



Roasted Delicata Squash

  • 1 medium delicata squash, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds scraped out
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes


  • 1 large bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • Arils from 1 pomegranate
  • 1 orange or grapefruit (or 1/2 of each)
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • Zest of 1 orange and 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons miso
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced/grated fresh ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place in the middle of the baking sheet, along with garlic. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle on the spices and a pinch each salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread out in an even layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until tender. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the salad and dressing. Place the chopped kale in a large bowl. To make the dressing place all ingredients in a jar, secure the lid, and shake vigorously to combine. Pour half of the dressing over the kale and use your hands to massage it into the leaves. Add more dressing, if desired.
  3. Add the remaining salad ingredients, including the roasted squash, and toss to coat. If desired, reserve some squash, avocado, citrus fruit, pomegranate, and cashews for garnishing.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish

Keywords: festive squash kale pomegranate salad recipe