Delicata Squash Salad with Kale and Cranberry Beans

Delicata squash is tossed with kale, cranberry beans, and a tangy balsamic dressing. Compounds in kale prompt the liver to release enzymes that may fight cancer.
Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 medium delicata squashes (about 2 pounds), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 bunch kale (5 ounces), large stems removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cranberry or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squashes into 1/2-inch-thick semicircles. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil, and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Mix together balsamic vinegar and honey. Brush some of the mixture onto squash slices; reserve remaining mixture. Bake for 5 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, place kale in a large bowl. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic, and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add red-wine vinegar and remaining vinegar-honey mixture to saucepan, and bring to a boil. Immediately pour hot dressing over kale, and sprinkle with salt. Season with pepper. Add squash and beans. Cover with plastic, and let stand for 5 minutes. Toss until kale wilts slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (3)

  • lauren01 22 Oct, 2013

    This is a fabulous recipe - a total keeper. I pre-wilted the kale by heating a tablespoon or two of olive oil on high in a sautee pan, then adding just-rinsed kale, covering, and turning off the heat. If the kale is really tough, you can leave the heat on for a while and occasionally add a few tablespoons of water until the kale softens.

  • skimom3 26 Sep, 2012

    I have made this several times. We love it and it is so healthy. You must pour the hot liquid on the kale and mix it completely. The kale will soften up.

  • belladonna16 14 Jan, 2011

    This recipe did not work for me, and I don't see how it could if you are using kale. kale requires a bit of cooking to be palatable. The squash and beans were tasty, but the kale was a failure. I won't be trying this one again. :(