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Sweet Potato Bites: Healthy winter salad

Posted on January 17 2013

With cold and flu season running rampant, it’s extra important to make sure you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables to stay as healthy as possible. Salads don’t always sound the most appetizing in the winter, but this salad is full of so many delicious nutrients that you will want to make it again and again! And if you are skeptical of kale, don’t be – the olive oil in the salad helps to soften the kale and cuts a little of the bitterness out. I’ve already made this salad a few times this winter, and can’t wait to make it again!

Harvest vegetable winter salad

Ingredients: 3 cups lactinato kale 1 cup sliced radishes 1/2 avocado, diced ¼ cup pepitas ¼ cup dried cranberries 2 cups roasted butternut squash ¼ cup goat cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel and cube your butternut squash and place on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. While the squash is roasting, rinse your kale and rip into small pieces into a large mixing bowl and add the olive oil.
  4. Gently toss the kale in the olive oil until well coated.
  5. Add the radishes, avocado, pepitas, dried cranberries and your salt and pepper.
  6. Toss everything together until well mixed, and then add your goat cheese.
  7. When the butternut squash is done roasting, you can either add to the salad immediately for a warmer salad, or you can let it cool and then add to the salad.

Dig in and enjoy!

Allie Hecht: Winter saladAllison Hecht is an Orange County native who is passionate about good food and healthy living. She's the local expert when it comes to which OC restaurants reign supreme in locally grown dining and will provide recommendations on the best things to do and eat when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to writing for Trailer Boutique, Allison writes and maintains the blog SweetPotatoBites.com, which focuses on good eats and fun recipes, and is a regular contributor to OCmenus.com. When she's not writing about food, Allison is getting her workout on and having a good time while doing it! Most days you can find her taking classes at Pure Barre (her current favorite), running outside or getting her om on in a yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @socaliallie to find out where she is going next.

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