Autumn Kale Salad with Pistachio Dressing

Autumn Kale Salad with Pistachio Dressing

This roasted delicata squash and kale salad with pistachio butter dressing is a new favourite recipe to make this fall! The pistachio butter dressing adds a nutty, sweet flavour and creamy texture that perfectly complements the massaged kale, squash, pomegranate and apple! 

There are so many creative ways to use pistachio nut butter, from our pistachio basil pesto recipe, to this high protein green smoothie (without protein powder), and the classic pistachio butter with apple slices. That said, this pistachio butter dressing takes the cake as our new favourite pistachio butter recipe. 

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Pistachio Health Benefits

Smooth and creamy in texture; mild and nutty in flavour – our premium pistachio butter is the perfect addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Made with dry roasted organic pistachios, there are many benefits to enjoying this nutrient dense nut butter:

1. Powerful Antioxidants - Two carotenoids - lutein and zeaxanthin are responsible for the green hue, along with chlorophyll. Carotenoids are antioxidants that can improve your immune system and provide you with protection from disease.

2. Protein - With 6 g protein per 1 oz serving (or 2 tablespoons of pistachio butter), pistachios are an excellent source of plant-based protein.

3. Vitamins and Minerals - Pistachios are a great source of vitamin B6 (25% DV), thiamine (20% DV), and copper (20% DV). They also contain potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

4. Healthy Fats - Pistachios contain 12 g of healthy unsaturated fats per serving including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Read more about healthy fats here!

FAQ

Can this pistachio butter salad dressing be used on any salad? Absolutely! It was especially delicious on this harvest kale salad, but would also be great with a kale caesar salad or spinach salad. 

Can I swap the delicata squash? Definitely - you could swap for roasted butternut squash, or acorn squash. Or, if squash isn’t your thing – feel free to omit. Avocado would be a great addition as well!

Can I make the dressing in advance? Preparing a large batch of this dressing in advance is a great idea to save time throughout the week. Meal prep ahead of time, and store in an airtight container the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Do I need to "massage" the kale? Yes!!! If you are an avid kale fan, you will know this secret tip is essential for a tender, sweet, and delicious kale salad. And, if you're not a fan of kale, you just might enjoy it after trying this hack. To massage the kale: place washed and shredded kale in a large bowl, and massage for 1-2 minutes with a drizzle olive oil. 

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