As the weather starts to cool off, let’s move away from the summer salads into more heartier fare like Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets.
My pug might not be the brightest guy on the block, after all he has a tendency to want to run into the street but if Pavlov was still around, he’d be mighty proud of this little fella.
Without fail when the peeler comes out or if something orange is spotted in the kitchen, a freakout is bound to happen. You see this dog has associated the sound of peeling with him getting a carrot, which also means if it’s orange it must be a carrot. Sure it’s great that he loves healthy treats but sorry dude not everything that gets peeled is for you. Plus it’s time for fall harvest foods, there will be a lot more peeling going on in the kitchen, get used to it.
We can blame the current freakout on the fact that I decided to chop up and peel a butternut squash instead of purchasing it pre-cut like I normal do.
I know. It’s a shock, I’m not one to take shortcuts but since I generally like to refer to butternut squashes as knife killers, I tend to let this one slide. So why the change this time around? I’ll tell you why – because despite the two fancy chef knives sitting at home, it took a third one from Cutco Cutlery to do the trick. Their knives just cut through that squash with such ease and the ergonomic handle doesn’t hurt my wrist after hacking at the squash. Actually there is no hacking involved, just a smooth cut down the center – my squash was chopped up in half the time it normally takes me.
When Cutco asked if I’d like to participate in their Fall Harvest event I couldn’t say no, especially since my CSA is tossing us fall foods left and right at this moment. The first thought that came to mind was a simple hearty harvest salad, one that would be great for a light lunch, to compliment or dinner or as a full meal with some protein tossed on top.
If you aren’t familiar with massaged kale salads the technique to make them is right in the name, you actually do massage your kale. A quick chop with your new knife, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and get to massaging the kale as if your significant other had a tough day at work. In a matter of minutes the kale will transform to big bulky leaves to the wilted ones you see in this photo. The kale has the appearance of being cooked yet is still very much raw but it’s become nice and tender from the lovely massage you just gave it. Toss in your roasted squash, beets, walnuts and olive oil and you are good to go!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a Fall Harvest kit from Cutco Cutlery, however all opinions stated in this post are my own.