Forget boring salads with this delicious roasted pumpkin, kale and walnut salad. Made with a tangy and zesty orange dressing and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and goats cheese, this roasted pumpkin salad is easy to whip together and will guarantee no leftovers!
Roasted Pumpkin, Walnut & Kale Salad
This roasted pumpkin, walnut and kale salad is the furtherest from a boring salad! It’s full of sweet, zesty, creamy and tangy flavours and is also extremely nutritious! That’s a win win right?! The kale is drizzled with Rich Glen’s Blood Orange Fig dressing that is then massaged into the leaves. This will leave the kale soft and tender. The pumpkin is roasted to caramelised perfection and seasoned with cinnamon, cumin and a touch of honey. I can guarantee that whenever this salad is brought to a party or placed on the dinner table, there will be zero leftovers.
The real star of this show is the pumpkin! I absolutely love roasted pumpkin however, it needs to be done correctly. Firstly, we need to season it well. I like to use a mix of spices such as cumin and cinnamon. As they are quite strong flavours, not much else is needed! Secondly, for that perfect caramelisation to the pumpkin skin drizzle it with a little honey. And lastly, always season with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake until soft and tender. While the pumpkin is so perfect it can be eaten on it’s own, it does pair perfectly with all the flavours in this kale salad.
What you need for this salad
While this salad can be mixed up to meet your own personal taste, this is how I like to make it!
Kale – I used to absolutely hate kale until I learnt how to cook with it correctly. The secret to soft and tender kale is to massage it with either olive oil or a salad dressing. If you’re a kale hater like I was, just trust me on this one!
Walnuts – You can use any seed or nut you like for that crunchy element but walnuts are my top pick for this salad.
Dressing – While I have used Rich Glen’s delicious salad dressing, I have also provided an alternative salad dressing that tastes similar and can be made at home! Its zesty, tangy and sweet.
Pumpkin – Pumpkin or butternut squash that is seasoned and roasted to perfection!
Pomegranate seeds – While they look absolutely stunning in this salad, they also add the perfect tart and fresh component.
Goats cheese – this is the ingredient that brings everything together! It’s soft, creamy and will melt in your mouth.
Check out my other salad recipes below:
Peach Salad with Garlic Confit Dressing
Basil Garlic Pesto Summer Salad
Crispy Crumbed Chicken and Bacon Salad
This recipe was sponsored by our friends at Rich Glen Olive Oil.
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Roasted Pumpkin, Kale & Walnut Salad
- 4 tbsp Rich Glen Blood Orange Fig Dressing
- 1/2 pumpkin sliced into wedges and skin removed
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 bunch kale destemmed and leaves removed
- 1 pomegranate seeds removed
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 50 g goats cheese
- flakey sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Alternative Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.
- Place the pumpkin onto a pre lined baking tray and sprinkle the cumin and cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt and pepper all over. Drizzle with the honey and olive oil and massage into the pumpkin. Roast for 20 - 25 minutes until soft and slightly caramalised.
- In a large bowl, add the kale and drizzle with 3 tbsp of the blood orange and fig dressing. Massage the dressing into the kale and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the roasted pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, walnuts and goats cheese to the bowl with the kale. Finish off by drizzling 1 tbsp of the dressing and all over. Serve immediately.
Alternative Salad Dressing
- Combine all ingredients into a jar and shake well until well combined.
Mary Alex says
While on dieting, finding this type of recipes is just a blessing! TY
I am glad you enjoyed it!