Kale, Fennel, and Roasted Delicata Salad


The thin skin of delicata makes it the perfect winter squash for sauteing and tossing into a salad.

kale fennel roasted delicata salad
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
5 cups


  • 1 pound delicata squash, washed, halved lengthwise, seeded (reserve seeds), and cut into 1-inch-thick slices

  • ¼ cup olive oil plus 4 tsp.

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup golden raisins

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • 6 cup curly kale, stemmed and leaves torn

  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced (3/4 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place squash in a shallow baking pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil; sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Roast 10 minutes; turn over. Roast 10 minutes more or until brown and tender. Remove squash; set aside pan. Reduce oven to 400°F.

  2. Meanwhile, wash seeds in cold water to remove all pulp; pat dry. In same baking pan toss together seeds, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. black pepper. Bake 5 minutes or until toasted.

  3. For pickled raisins: In a small microwave-safe bowl combine raisins, vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. water. Microwave on high 1 minute or until bubbly. Let cool.

  4. For Miso-Lemon Vinaigrette: In a bowl whisk together lemon juice, miso paste, and garlic until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil until emulsified.

  5. In a large bowl toss kale, squash, and fennel with Miso-Lemon Vinaigrette. Place on platter. Spoon raisin mixture over; top with toasted seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
19g Fat
26g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 538mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 149mg 745%
Calcium 196mg 15%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 1041mg 22%
Folate, total 181.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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