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delicata squash and kale salad with maple-tahini dressing

Thank you all for you sweet comments about our move! We couldn’t be more thrilled.


I originally wasn’t going to post this recipe. Taylor and I had  just come in from a long day at BOTH farms (we are still harvesting from our old land through November), and all I wanted to do was keep my camera tucked away for the evening while we enjoyed a few glasses of wine and this lovely salad.  However, after taking one bite of his salad Taylor looked at me and asked “have you already posted this recipe on the blog?” I hadn’t planned on posting this recipe. It’s only a kale salad after all. However, it occurred to me after my first bite that easy kale salads like this one deserve a little attention on the blog as well. Even if they don’t totally feel like a recipe. I whipped out my camera and took a few quick shots before we devoured our meals.


Our kale is looking bigger and healthier than ever at the farm. The cold weather has really brought out a wonderful and sweet flavor. Paired with our lovely delicata squash and this salad went straight to the top of my favorite weeknight salad rotation! Pour some wine and dig in!

Delicata Squash and Kale Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing

Prep Time: 15 mins.    Cook Time: 25 mins.    Serves: 2

  • 2 bunches of kale (about 6 cups worth)
  • 1 delicata squash (seeds removed and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecand
For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 TBS pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp white miso
  • 2 TBS white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Drizzle the squash rounds with a little olive oil salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is lightly browned and fork tender.
  2. In a blender or with an immersion blender combine all ingredients for the dressing until smooth.
  3. Massage the dressing into the kale. Start by drizzling half the dressing first and add more as needed.
  4. Add the squash, pecans, cranberries to the kale and serve


Use this recipe as a guide and adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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23 thoughts on “delicata squash and kale salad with maple-tahini dressing

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely! I am so glad you were not to tired to post it after all!! What a special salad.
    Peace & Raw Health,

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you! It really was a lovely salad.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Forgot to ask…what are some of your favorite Organic Wines?? I am sticking with organic, the few times I indulge, because I do better with the smaller amounts of sulfites.
    Peace & Raw Health,

    1. Andrea says:

      We enjoy Stoller Family Wine. They are an Oregon winery (they are not certified organic) but they have green practices that I’m behind.

  3. Yum!!! I just tried delicata squash for the first time a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it. I cannot wait to try it on a salad. This dressing sounds amazing, too!

    1. Andrea says:

      It’s my favorite winter squash!

  4. I have a delicata squash just waiting to be used! Love this salad.

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m glad you already have a delicate squash on hand! Make this now!!!

  5. I must try this stuff they call delicata squash. Everyone seems to love it and I am missing out! Glad Taylor could convince you to post this on the blog – easy weeknight salads are a must. Obsessed with your dressings, as always!

    1. Andrea says:

      Girl, it’s my favorite winter squash! you don’t even need to peel it. Does that make it easier to get on board??!!

  6. Julia says:

    The perfect salad to keep you fueled up for all the stuff you’ve got going on! Delicious fall flavors, lady!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you!

  7. I feel like you and Taylor could have a future bottling your tahini dressings. Not that you don’t already have tons on your plate, though! 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Hahaha! Totally!

  8. This is obviously going to come off super weird and pretty stalkerish but I had a dream last night that I visited your farm. You and your husband were friendly and cooked delicious food. There were lots of dogs and your house was a three story farmhouse with a wrap around porch. haha

    1. Andrea says:

      hahaha! I love it! Great dream!

  9. Jo says:

    This is perfect! I love delicata squash so much every time I roast it it has yet to make it off the pan. This might just be what it takes.

    1. Andrea says:

      Isn’t it the best? Let me know if you try the salad. We’ve made it twice this week!

  10. So glad you decided to post this – it looks so festive and pretty!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you!

  11. Eliza says:

    I used a shallot vinaigrette leftover from something else and our one and only delicata. This is such a great salad. I think it might end up on our Thanksgiving menu, but maybe with our one and only acorn squash (it was a horrible year for squash for us!). Thank you!

  12. Okay, now this is getting really creepy–I just posted a kale and delicata squash salad with citrus-maple vinaigrette today! (And someone commented on my post saying she’s posting a salad just like it later today.) Ahh! I love the tahini in the dressing!

  13. Heather says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for to bring to a friend’s potluck dinner. I used the apple cider vinegar I had on hand in the dressing and it turned out great! Such a yummy fall salad.

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