Taste of Fall Salad | Healthier Holiday Recipe

This fall salad combines the best of both worlds: delicious fall flavors and fresh veggies that your body will love! 

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One of the things I love-hate about the holidays is how rich and indulgent all the foods are. It’s hard to find things that aren’t made with tons of cream, laden with sugar and full of fat. On one hand, I love it, because it’s one of the few times of the year that I really enjoy those foods. You won’t find me stuffing my face with green bean casserole or cranberry sauce any other time of the year. However, I hate how most of the holiday foods I enjoy don’t have many fresh veggies or the essential nutrients our bodies need. So I decided to take charge this year and create something that combined the best of both worlds. This fall salad has all the yummy flavors I love about Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with the leafy greens and fresh veggies my body craves. 

Taste of Fall Salad (a healthier holiday recipe) | read more at happilythehicks.com

I knew right away that I wanted to use sweet potatoes and butternut squash in this recipe. I have talked about these two veggies a lot lately, so I won’t get into the details about them other than that they are amazing. Full of vitamins, healthy carbs and so much more! For a little bit of nuttiness and healthy fat I threw in some pecans, which was apparently a great life decision (according to Isaac). Before roasting the squash, sweet potatoes and pecans, I drizzled some pure maple syrup on top to add some rich fall flavor and a little bit of sweetness. End result: deliciousness. Before digging in, I decided to add some kale into the mix and I’m so glad I did. It gave the dish some freshness, and who doesn’t want to load up on Vitamin A, iron and potassium? One of the things I love the most about kale is that it holds up under heat, so I didn’t have to worry about a wilted mess when mixing the roasted veggies with my leafy greens. It ended up being more of a “warm salad”, and I actually loved it! The next day I mixed some of this leftover salad with some butternut squash ravioli and it was heavenly. I could have eaten that stuff all day, y’all! 

Taste of Fall Salad (a healthier holiday recipe) | read more at happilythehicks.com

Taste of Fall Salad

Taste of Fall Salad
Serves 6
This fall salad combines the best of both worlds: delicious fall flavors and fresh veggies that your body will love!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  2. 1 medium sized butternut squash
  3. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  4. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  6. 2 tsp pink himalayan salt
  7. 1 tsp pepper
  8. 3 cups kale
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes, then cut into 1 inch cubes. Toss in the olive oil and roast for 20 minutes.
  3. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, peel then cut the butternut squash into 1 inch cubes. Remove the baking pan and add the butternut squash, pecans, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Mix to combine and roast for another 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes and butternut squash are tender.
  4. While the squash and sweet potatoes are roasting, cut the kale into strips and put in a large bowl.
  5. Once cooked, remove the pan of veggies and let cool for 5 minutes. Place on top of the kale and serve warm!
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What is your favorite way to combine healthy and indulgent?
What is your favorite holiday dish?

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  1. Bridget@Antics of a NuttyHiker

    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I won’t lie, I hate kale but this looks so delicious!

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:40 am

    You could also make this with spinach if that’s more your kind of leafy green! And I’ve found that cooking the kale for a few minutes in a skillet completely changes it. SO good, and works perfectly in this salad.

  3. Mary Varville-Rodriguez

    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I don’t know why I’ve never thought to toss some greens in with that delicious butternut squash and sweet potatoes. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I don’t know why it took me this long to think of that either!! You definitely need to give it a try.. SO amazing.

  5. Candy Kage

    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Adding the sweet potato and squash along with maple syrup is fantastic. Served on spinach works for me.

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This would be just as delicious with spinach!! I’ll have to try it like that next time I make this salad.

  7. Shahla @ Treehouse Threads

    November 23rd, 2016 at 9:51 am

    This looks so good! I love kale and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate it. I just pinned to try!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Awesome!! Send me a picture if you make it. I’d love to see how it turned out. :)

  9. Amber Marie Werner

    November 23rd, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Yumm this salad looks delicious. So perfect for Fall! Will definitely be making this.

    Xoxo Amber

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Thanks girl! It was the perfect healthy fall comfort meal, for sure.

  11. Neely

    November 23rd, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Well this just sounds delightful! Need to try it!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:42 am

    You should! It’s so delicious.

  13. Amanda Kanashiro

    November 23rd, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I love the colors in this salad. Greens were an everyday veggie at our house. My favorite holiday food? Anything gluten-free. :)

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Me too!! The colors make this salad so beautiful. And I try to have a green every evening at dinner, along with any other veggies I eat throughout the day.
    What’s your favorite gluten free holiday food?? I would love to give them a try this year!

  15. Ohbeehave

    November 23rd, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    That sounds delicious!! I love chopping up a heap of veggies and just baking them all together with some salt and lemon :)

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    YUM! Roasted veggies are my favorite. What are your favorite ones to roast?

  17. Ohbeehave

    November 30th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I usually just go with whatever is left over in the fridge, but I particularly enjoy includin beetroot and lately capsicum has become a fave :)

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 5th, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Oh that sounds delicious!! Roasting the veggies I find in my fridge is a great way to eat them before they go bad.

  19. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    November 23rd, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    this is my idea of Fall salad too. i made similar one with bread more like panzanella salad – sooo good.

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Oooh that sounds SO good. And I’m sure it was… Your recipes always look mouthwatering!

  21. Jessica Bradshaw

    November 23rd, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This looks great! I love the pecans- they add a great crunch. Happy Thanksgiving, pretty lady!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    The really do! And of course my hubby was ALL over them haha. He loves anything with pecans. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too! :)

  23. Jessica Sheppard

    November 24th, 2016 at 12:46 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! Definitely need to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Jessica! If you do, send me a picture. I’d love to see how it turned out.

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