🍂 I love this salad – seasonal, filling, full of texture and flavor!
It has a handful of components that have to be cooked separately, but they are all pretty easy to do.
I use an instant Pot to cook the beets, but feel free to steam/cook them however you prefer if you don’t have one.
Recipe makes 6 sevings
- 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- Seasoning: ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp dried thyme, ¼ tsp dried rosemary, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, ¼ tsp salt
- 6 pieces bacon
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 beets
- 3 bunches lacinato kale
- 3 pears
- ¼ cup (2 oz) pepitas, toasted
- ½ cup (4 oz) walnuts, toasted
- 3 tbsp walnut or olive oil
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- Set oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set side.
- Mix the chicken seasoning ingredients in a bowl, then sprinkle on the chicken. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes (or until cooked through).
- When the chicken is done, slice or dice it into bite-sized pieces.
- Lay bacon on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until crispy, then remove and immediately place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Cut butternut squash in half, remove seeds (bake these on a sheet too!), cut off casing, then dice the squash. Toss it in olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Place it on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour (tossing with spatula every 20 minutes).
- Wash the beets, put them in an Instant Pot on the steaming rack with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot. Cook on sealing for 28-32 minutes (32 for larger beets), then quick release pressure. Let cool, remove skin, and dice into bite-sized pieces.
- Wash, then thinly slice the pears.
- Combine all salad dressing ingredients, whisking until well mixed.
- To assemble, toss the kale in the salad dressing, then top with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!
Nutritional Info (1/6 recipe): 600 calories, 25g fat, 54g carbs, 47g protein