Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Video)

This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

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My fabulous blogging girlfriends are here with me today bringing you healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast. I am in love with this month’s round up because I mean… check out these recipes! Gorgeous, delicious, and good-for-you! I call it a WIN. Your family and friends will thank you, too!

Maple Balsamic Dressing

You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately. 

Want other salad recipes?

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing pouring

How do you soften kale for a salad?

To prepare kale for a salad, massage the kale with oil and lemon for 1-3 minutes.

Can I use anything aside from kale?

Yes, use any leafy green that you love! 

Watch the video: 

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Salad

    Maple Balsamic Dressing

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Slice kabocha squash and toss with olive oil and spread across a lined baking sheet.
    3. Roast squash for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
    4. In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
    5. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, tossing halfway through, watch to avoid burning.
    6. Massage kale with olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
    7. Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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    Cauliflower Stuffing from The Healthy Maven

    This healthy, low-carb cauliflower rice stuffing will convince your Thanksgiving guests to jump on board the cauliflower rice train, while secretly getting them to eat more veggies! Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes.

    Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds from Eating Bird Food

    Add some green to your holiday table with this flavorful recipe for tender crisp green beans tossed with caramelized shallots, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

    5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Running to the Kitchen

    This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

    Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

    These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

    Balsamic Sea Salt Brussels Sprouts from Fit Foodie Finds

    Make these delicious Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts this holiday season for the most delicious vegan and paleo side that everyone will gobble up! 

    Clean Eating Recipes Perfect For Holiday Entertaining

    The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite lamb chops to simple edible gifts you can package for a friend, this is a great guide for when looking for Winter holiday inspiration!

    Clean Eating Holiday Entertaining Recipes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #holiday #glutenfree #paleo #cleaneating

    Appetizers


    How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie

    Crudité Platter [paleo-friendly option, low-carb, vegetarian, dairy-free option]

    Salad Roll-Up [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, no added sugar, very customizable!]

    Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing [Dairy-free, vegan-friendly]

    Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon  [paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free]

    Potato Latkes [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly]

    Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms [dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

    Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant]

    Easy Pumpkin Soup  [vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

    Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese [grain-free, gluten-free, vegetarian]

    Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Bites [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Thai Meatballs [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

    Side Dishes


    Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, vegetarian]

    Cranberry Walnut Roasted Acorn Squash [dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

    Cranberry Spiced Relish [paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian no refined sugar]

    Perfect Roasted Veggies [paleo-friendly, grain-free, vegetarian, gluten-free]

    Mediterranean Veggie Fritters [vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free]

    Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts [paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free]

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans [egg-free, vegetarian, gluten-free, grain-free]

    Healthier Green Bean Casserole [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Creamed Spinach Gratin with Cashew Milk [grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free if you use oil instead of butter, vegetarian]

    Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes [gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

    Healthier Creamed Spinach [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Mains


    Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Shepherd’s Pie Two Ways [nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Holiday Meal in 1 Hour [egg-free, gluten-free, low carb, paleo-friendly]

    Chicken Pinchos Chermoula [gluten-free, egg-free]

    Creamy Pumpkin Casserole  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Gluten-Free Sausage and Pasta [gluten-free]

    One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    30-Minute Taco Soup  [grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

    Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad Over Garlicky Kale  [grain-free, dairy-free, whole30 compliant]

    Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese [gluten-free]

    Butternut Squash Pizza and Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Scallops and Bacon [grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Creamy Potato and Shrimp Chowder [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Coffee Rubbed Steak [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Treats & Desserts


    Classic Chocolate Mousse  [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, no refined sugar]

    Chocolate Decadence Pie  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Sea Salt Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles [vegan, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Orange Zest and Sea Salt Bark [30 minutes or less, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Secret Ingredient Brownies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Pecan Pie Tarts  [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

    Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups [paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free]

    Roasted Grape Tart  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark [gluten-free, dairy-free if you use a dairy-free chocolate]

    Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    The Best Paleo Truffles  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

    Espresso Candied Pecans [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Edible Cookie Dough Dip [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Hasselback Pear Crumbles [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Carrot and Zucchini Bars [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream [gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly]

    Blueberry Crumb Bars  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Cranberry Orange Scones [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Paleo Apple Galette [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Cocktails


    Sparkling Citrus Punch  [no refined sugar, 30 minutes or less]

    Pumpkin Smash Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no-refined sugar]

    Caramel Apple Martini  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar, grain-free]

    Raspberry Gin Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar]

    Apple Cider Sangria  [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

    XO! Lexi

    Easy Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup (VIDEO)

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup [Whole30 option, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup is the perfect one-pot soup for any day of the week! Flavorful, light & hearty, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. The perfect soup for when you are craving a hearty soup with just the right amount of spice!

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean KitchenEasy Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup

    If you haven’t tried fire roasted poblano peppers, I highly recommend it! They add such a great smokey flavor to any dish and are super easy to make!

    Roasted Poblano Peppers

    The combination of smoky poblano peppers, creamy broth, salty tortillas and perfectly cooked shredded chicken in this dish is absolutely amazing. One of my favorite soups right now and great for game day, too!

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Nut-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, whole30 option, and paleo-friendly… count us IN! Such a great soup for when you are serving a crowd and looking for an allergen friendly option!

    How do you cook poblano peppers?

    • How to roast poblano peppers on the stove: Place your chile on the stove burners over a medium flame. Turn with tongs as each side blisters, until the skin is toasted and charred!
    • How to roast poblano peppers in the oven: Place the poblano peppers on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway, or until the skin is browned and blistered.

    What can I use in place of poblano peppers?

    • Anaheim
    • Bell pepper (milder)
    • Canned chile peppers
    • Serrano pepper (hotter)

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you like this recipe, you’ll love these soup recipes:

    Watch the video: 


     

    Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup

    Prep Time 10 Cook Time 30 Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or oil of choice
    • 4 medium fresh poblano chile peppers, roasted directly over an open flame or broiled for 5 minutes until blackened and blistered
    • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup carrots, chopped
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 1 6-ounce can green chilies
    • 1 14.5 ounce can cannellini beans
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 

    Garnishes

    • Tortilla chips, crumbled
    • Feta cheese, crumbled
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
    • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
    • 1 lime, sliced into wedges

    Directions

    1. Roast Poblanos: Turn on the flame on your gas stove and place poblano peppers on the flame. Turn often until charred. OR in the oven: Place the poblano peppers on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway, or until the skin is browned and blistered.
    2. In a large dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high heat.
    3. Add onion, garlic, and carrots. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
    4. Chop the poblanos into small pieces then add the poblano peppers and the spices and stir for 1-2 minutes.
    5. Pour the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, green chilies, beans, and spices. Stir until well combined. Cover and bring soup to a boil.
    6. Once at a boil, turn down heat and add in chicken. Let simmer covered for 20-25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains. Take soup off the heat.
    7. Gently take the chicken out of the soup. Let cool, shred and set aside.
    8. Using a liquid measuring cup, scoop 4 cups of soup into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add pureed soup and shredded chicken back into the soup and stir well.
    9. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
    10. Serve warm with desired toppings!

    Recipe Notes

    1. Instead of transferring 4 cups of soup to a blender, feel free to use an immersion blender in this step if desired! If using an immersion blender, make sure to leave some of the veggies whole, and avoid over-blending. The soup shouldn't be a pureed soup!
    2. This soup isn't super spicy, but to avoid spice, scrape out seeds from any peppers!
    3. Want to sub the poblano pepper?  Try: Anaheim, bell pepper (milder), additional canned chile peppers, cerrano pepper (hotter). OR you can omit.
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    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 46

    Happy Saturday! This week’s Dinner Plan is filled with some of my most popular Fall recipes! From the Buffalo Chicken Chili to the Pumpkin Waffles, you are not going to want to miss this week’s menu!

    New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Meal Plan Graphic Week 46 [Gluten-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Monday: Apple Cider Braised Chicken [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free]

    [Tuesday: BRINNER: Pumpkin Waffles [dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free]

    Wednesday: Paleo Garlic Shrimp Noodle Bowls [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Thursday: Spaghetti Squash Alfredo[gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Out

    Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Chili [30 minutes or less, dairy-free and paleo-friendly if you omit the optional cheese]

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Make an on-the-go breakfast from the blog this week!

    These Baked Egg Nests, Morning Glory Muffins, and Banana Foster Chia Pudding are perfect quick and easy recipes to take with you on your way to work or school!


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

    25 Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Year

    Feeling the pumpkin & Fall spirit? Don’t miss out on these 25 Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Year! They are some amazing, unique, and fun pumpkin dishes (both savory and sweet) to enjoy this season! 25 Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Year - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Pumpkin Waffles from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Brown Butter Pumpkin Sauce Over Zucchini Linguine from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Easy Pumpkin Soup from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Pumpkin BBQ Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Creamy Pumpkin Casserole from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free, no refined sugar]

    DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [no sugar added, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

    Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Scones from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free]

    Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free]

    Pumpkin Smash Cocktail from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free]

    Pumpkin Butter from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free]

    Rosemary Paleo Pumpkin Bread from Cotter Crunch [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Pumpkin Chicken Chili from Heather Christo [gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, no added sugar]

    Paleo Pumpkin Empanadas with Caramel Drizzle from Predominantly Paleo [grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar]

    Grain-free Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Macaroon Crust and Cinnamon Vanilla Meringue from Tasty Yummies [paleo-friendly, no refined sugar, grain-free, gluten-free]

    Grain-free Pumpkin Brownies from Fit Foodie Finds [no refined sugar, grain-free, dairy-free]

    Pumpkin-Sage Alfredo from Inspiralized [grain-free, dairy-free, whole30 compliant, no sugar added]

    Healthy Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Eating Bird Food [dairy-free, no refined sugar, grain-free, gluten-free]

    Paleo Pumpkin Pie from The Healthy Maven [grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Paleo Pumpkin English Muffins from Running to the Kitchen [grain-free, dairy-free]

    Pumpkin, Coconut, & Maple Custard Cups from Nom Nom Paleo [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, no refined sugar]

    Pumpkin Spice Latte from Gourmande in the Kitchen [30 minutes or less, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Vegan Pumpkin Caramels from Minimalist Baker [dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, no refined sugar, paleo-friendly]

    Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bars from Detoxinista [grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Grain-free Stuffed Pumpkin from Eat Your Beets [no added sugar, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Ice Cream from Love and Lemon [grain-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar, paleo-friendly]

    Happy PUMPKIN season!

    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

    Happy Sunday from JAMAICA! Even though we’re away, that doesn’t mean that I can’t help you prep for success! This week’s dinner meal plan is filled with 30 minute or less meals to help you stay healthy and nourished without sacrificing time!

    If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with free printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 15

    Monday: Chicken Fajita Salad (30 minutes, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, Egg-free)

    Tuesday:  One-Pan Moroccan Fish (Under 30 Minutes, Egg-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

    Wednesday: One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower (Paleo-friendly, use ghee to make this Whole30 compliant, egg-free, and nut-free)

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: St.Paddy’s Day BRINNER (Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes) aka breakfast for dinner! (Under 30 Minutes, Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free) — Pair it with some nitrate-free bacon, too!

    Saturday: Out

    Sunday: Crock-Pot Asian Beef {Paleo Rice Bowls} (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly. Egg-free, and Nut-free)

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Make a swap throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! This week we are loving the Jerk Chicken with Caribbean Rice & Mango Salsa on page 168!  We are also excited to start St.Patty’s day off with the Island Blast Green Smoothie on page 272, we thought it would be the perfect compliment to our Hidden Veggie Green Pancakes!


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!