Add beautiful color to your holiday feast with a side of our Butternut Squash Salad. Toss chopped kale with zesty lemon juice and olive oil, then decorate the leafy greens with butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, cashews, and cranberries. To finish off this earthy bowl of goodness, drizzle with our flavorful garlic kefir dressing featuring our farmer cheese and plain kefir. Every bite of this probiotic and prebiotic salad is a healthy feast for your microbiome, too.
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- 1 cup butternut squash
- 1 chopped garlic
- 1/2 tbs olive oil
- 2 cups shredded brussel sprouts
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 2 tbsp fresh parmesan
- 3-4 cups of chopped kale (stem removed)
- for kale: 2 tbsp olive oil
- for kale: 1/2 tsp salt
- for kale: 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 2 tbsp Farmer Cheese
- 1 tsp chives
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili Flakes
- 1/2 squeezed lemon
- Toss butternut squash, shredded brussel sprouts, and cranberries in garlic, olive oil, and salt/pepper. Roast in an oven for 10-15 minutes, or until butternut squash is soft and brussel sprouts are golden brown.
- Toss cashews in olive oil, turmeric, garlic powder, and chili powder. Roast for 5 mins or until golden brown.
- While the veggies are roasting, you can prepare the dressing. Add all the ingredients for the dressing and mix until all evened out and smooth.
- In a large bowl, toss chopped kale with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.
- Once your veggies are done roasting, set aside to slightly cool.
- Fill bowl or plate with your kale, roasted butternut squash, brussel sprouts, cashews, and cranberries. Lightly toss with kefir dressing -- serve.