Fall Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Kylee TIR Bio

Hello! Kylee here. I’m stopping in today to share a new favorite recipe. This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian, which means I can’t make any of usual dishes (Brussel sprouts with bacon, sausage stuffing…sigh. I won’t pretend I’m not a little sad about it!). Luckily turkey is actually my least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal so I’m not too disappointed about that part. Bring on the side dishes!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

I’ve been trying fall and Thanksgiving recipes out the last couple of weeks and this salad was a winner. I’m always attempting to make salads interesting and tasty (you know, so I will actually eat them) and this is just so quintessentially fall and absolutely delicious!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash and Maple Vinaigrette

Serves 6


¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

-Mix all ingredients together (I just shake them up in a mason jar).


2 delicata squash, halved lengthwise, de-seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Toss the squash in olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread out in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
  2. Roast at 425 degrees until brown and tender, about 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  3. You can toss them into the salad warm or let cool—up to you!


6 cups washed, stemmed, and torn kale (I used both green and red curly kale, but either or both is fine.)

¼ cup pepitas (raw, shelled pumpkin seeds)

¼ cup dried cranberries

½ cup crumbled chevre (goat cheese)

  1. I like to massage my kale for a couple minutes with a bit of lemon juice or olive oil before mixing up the salad. This helps soften the leaves and curb the bitterness. I think it tastes a million times better whenever I do this step. But if massaging your greens freaks you out, this is totally optional ;). More info on massaging kale here.
  2. Toss kale in dressing, squash, cranberries, pepitas, and goat cheese.
  3. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette
Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! What are you making this year?



Simply Inspired Holidays: Opening Your Home

Simple Tablescape - The Inspired Room

I have always had so much fun opening my home for holiday parties. In my 4700 square foot house back in Portland, we had parties for over 100 people and there was plenty of room for everyone. We set up serving tables in many rooms and seating areas everywhere. In my little houses, we just squished together a bit more.

It’s not the size or shape of your house (or whatever else stands in your way) that will make your party a success, but the warmth you offer by opening your door.

Do you ever wish you were the ‘type of person’ who felt confident hosting little holiday get-togethers?

I’m not always feeling like that type of person, but I do try to make an effort to do it anyway. And it’s always fun (once I make the commitment!).

Fall Tablescape - Place Settings - The Inspired Roomphoto from our Thanksgiving tablescape last year

Do you ever let insecurities or imperfection prevent you from extending hospitality and hosting friends?

Sometimes I just get out of the habit of hospitality. I get tired or busy or distracted by other things. I often have a long list of fears and 101 reasons to not invite people over, but when I press through and do it anyway, I’m always glad I did.

I encourage you this season to worry less about making mistakes or imperfection or what anyone else will think, and open up your home for even one small get-together of friends or neighbors!

Practice makes it even easier to say yes the next time.

Are you hosting any holiday parties this year?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a favorite hosting tip and few of my suggestions for being better prepared for holiday events in your home.

Love the Home You Have: Simply Inspired Holidays Series

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