Thanksgiving Kale and Root Vegetable Salad



This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to do a cooking demo at AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Stadium! When baseball season is over, the ballpark is used for community events.  I got to cook in a beautiful space, the Garden, which is used to teach gardening, cooking and nutrition to local school children.

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My new employer, Kaiser Permanente, held a Fall Wellness Festival for its employees in San Francisco and South San Francisco.  Besides a chance to run freely around the ballpark and play around, it was a chance for about 5,000 of us to get our flu shots and learn about health and wellness, which is where I came in.   This seasonal kale salad recipe was one of the recipes I demonstrated.

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Yes, even on Thanksgiving, I serve my family and friends kale salad.  This is a vibrant and robust taste of fall, full of hearty, seasonal root vegetables, a hint of maple syrup, and the crunch of pumpkin seeds.  You’ll “Eat the Rainbow” when you eat this salad, which is hearty enough to make a meal for your vegetarian guests, served with a side of quinoa or farro.

Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables

Serves: 12


1 bunch green curly kale, center rib removed

1 1/2 pound assorted root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, delicata squash, and parsnips (approx 1 delicata, 1 parsnip, 2 small sweet potatoes)

2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

pinch of salt


1/4 cup pomegranate arils

1/4 cup pepitas, ideally freshly toasted


1 T maple syrup

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 T extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

freshly ground black pepper



  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.  Peel root vegetables, as desired (no need for the delicata), and then cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch  thick slices.  Toss with olive oil and salt in a bowl, then transfer in a single layer with some space between the vegetables on the baking sheets.  Cook until tender, about 20 minutes, flipping over 1/2 way between.  When vegetables are light brown around the edges and you’re able to them pierce with a fork, remove from oven and allow to cool.
  1. Thinly slice or tear kale into bite-sized pieces and place in salad bowl. Massage kale with your hands for about a minute, until it has softened and appears glossy and darker green.
  1. Prepare the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisking, or by pouring into a jar, tightly closing the lid, and shaking until combined.  Pour dressing onto prepared kale and toss to cover.
  1. Toast pepitas by placing in a single layer in a small dry frying pan (without oil) and heating over low-medium heat, shaking often, until pepitas puff up a bit and change from green to tan in color.  This will take 30 to 60 seconds.  Allow to cool .
  1. When vegetables have cooled, arrange them atop the kale salad. Scatter pumpkin seeds, pomegranate arils and red onion.


Nutrition Info:

137 cal, 16 g carbs, 6g fat, 4g protein,38 mg sodium, 4 g sugar



2 responses

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