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I almost feel like this salad can speak for itself because it is so darn beautiful! The colors are so magnificent! In my opinion, this salad is a combination of all things that make winter wonderful. This is A Cozy Winter Salad Recipe Your Family Will Love and you will be making again and again. Keep scrolling to see how all of the elements come together.

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I first made this winter salad recipe last month when I went to visit my sweet friend Chloe from Boxwood Avenue. I wanted to bring a salad that had hearty ingredients but it almost didn’t happen.

If you know anything about Chloe, then you know that she is the owner of a feisty little goat named, Butternut. She is so FUN! I sometimes watch Chloe’s Instagram feed just because I know that Chloe and her goats will brighten my day.

But as I was putting together this winter salad together, I stopped in my tracks! Did I dare take butternut squash to a ranch that’s mascot is BUTTERNUT {in my opinion anyway}? I panicked for a moment and realized just how silly that was and took the squash anyway. Sorry Butternut! Thankfully she loved it.

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There are a few elements to this winter salad recipe, but let me tell you something…they are TOTALLY worth it. First of all, you need to roast butternut squash.

I bought a whole squash but you can buy it already cubed in the refrigerated and frozen section. Put it onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees and let cool.

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To assemble the salad, start by adding kale into a bowl. I prefer to use the baby kale because it is super tender but regular kale can be used too.

If you don’t have access to kale {or you don’t like it} then you can use spinach or another green of choice.

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Top that with cooked farro. You can now find quick cooking farro at the grocery store which is such a time saver. For a long time farro was very time consuming to make.

The texture that it adds to the salad is everything!

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Then add the roasted butternut squash. See the awesome color it got in the oven? So yummy!

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Now for some crunch, with pecans. Almonds would totally work here too.

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The dressing is really where you can make this salad your own. I like to use a Balsamic Vinaigrette but anything will work. I have even used a Cesar dressing and liked the results.

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Toss it together at this point, get a helping and lets add the final toppings. The best part in my opinion.

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A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a few pomegranate seeds complete the salad. It is almost looks too good to eat…almost!!

The flavors are so wonderful together. You can add a little cooked chicken for a complete meal but it is so great served as a side with any meal.

I might not love the snow that winter brings but if it means I can eat this salad then bring it on. It is healthy, gorgeous and perfect for a cool day. I know you will love it too.

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A Cozy Winter Salad Recipe Your Family will Love

A delicious combination of kale, butternut squash, farro, pecans, Parm and pomegranate seeds are topped with your favorite dressing for the perfect winter salad.

Course: Salad

Author: June Albertson-Dick

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 4

5 from 1 vote

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup cooked farro {quick cooking works great}
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash {diced}
  • 1/2 cup pecans {chopped}
  • 1/4-1/3 cup dressing {I prefer Balsamic vinaigrette}
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add baby kale, top with cooked farro, roasted butternut squash*** and pecans. Add dressing and toss salad until coated.

  • To serve**: Plate 1/4 of prepared salad and top with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds. Enjoy.

  • **If you are going to serve this family style then you can add the Parmesan cheese and pomegranate seeds directly to the salad and serve.

  • ***To roast butternut squash: Take diced butternut squash and put onto a baking sheet. Drizzle squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to coat. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

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