- 1 delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 big handfuls of brussels sprouts, ends removed and halved
- 1–2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 large bunch of kale, leaves removed from thick center stem and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 cup raw and shelled pumpkin seeds
- 2 boneless skinless cooked chicken breasts – pan-fried or roasted
- Pecorino cheese grated or thinly sliced (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of honey (can skip if you prefer savory)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Spread your raw pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet and roast for 8 minutes. Continue toasting if some are still green, until evenly brown but not burned. Check every few minutes until puffed and lightly brown. Shake a little salt on top and stir around, scrape onto a plate to cool.
- Toss squash pieces and halved Brussels sprouts with about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on a rimmed cookie sheet. If vegetables look dry, add a little bit more oil to make sure they are lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes.
- For the vinaigrette, add all ingredients to a small jar and shake well or whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- When your vegetables have cooked for 20 minutes, stir and check to see if squash and Brussels are tender by poking with a fork. If you prefer either vegetable to be cooked more, return to the oven for 5 minutes more at the most and taste to your liking.
- To prep salad, toss kale pieces with a couple of tablespoons of dressing at a time, making sure that each piece gets coated. Give greens a good stir and see if you need more dressing. Add more as desired.
- Spread your greens on a large serving platter or individual plates.
- Top your plate of greens with warm squash, Brussels and chicken pieces. Sprinkle with 1/2 of your pumpkin seeds and grate pecorino cheese if using.
- I like to leave extra dressing, cheese, and pumpkin seeds on the table so individuals can add more as desired.