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!

Winter Kale Salad Recipe in bowlHarvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

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. 

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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! 

    Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula)

    When we were in Morocco and took a cooking class at Riad Fes, we made this Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula) appetizer that blew our minds! This Moroccan eggplant recipe is easy to make, has so much flavor, and is SO SO delicious. The perfect Moroccan starter! Plus, the chermoula with roasted peppers would be fabulous on fish, meat, or chicken, too!

    Moroccan Eggplant Sliders Topped With Chermoula SauceMoroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula)

    If you read my Morocco recap, you know we had the most magical trip. We loved the culture, the people, and of course, the food. When the amazing chef from Riad Fes said I could share a few recipes from our cooking class with you, I was SO excited. We had a blast in the kitchen cooking up all sorts of traditional Moroccan dishes and I am so excited to share some of them with you!

    Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula)Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula) from Riad Fes in Morocco

    This is Mike holding the plate of our Moroccan Eggplant sliders that we made during the class!

    Roasted Red Bell Peppers for Moroccan Eggplant (with Chermoula)Moroccan Eggplant with Chermoula

    This roasted red bell pepper is the perfect addition to this delicious chermoula.

    Chermoula Sauce

    This chermoula is made with fresh herbs, good quality olive oil, roasted red bell pepper, and all the fresh Moroccan flavors we have come to love and cherish since our trip. I love this sauce on top of chicken, meat, and fish. It’s simply perfect, and easy to prepare! Enjoy!!

    Moroccan Eggplant

    Ingredients

    • 3 eggplants
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1/4 cup parsley
    • 1/4 cup coriander
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 glass of lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

    Directions

    1. Cut the eggplant into slices.
    2.  Add a little salt to disgorge. Fry the eggplant slices in hot oil until both sides are golden.
    3. Put the red pepper in the oven for ten minutes. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let steam for a few minutes. Peel the pepper to keep only the flesh. Chop finely the pepper.
    4. In a bowl, grate the garlic, chop the parsley and coriander very finely, add the olive oil, lemon juice and spices, chopped peppers and marinate.
    5. Spread the marinade on a face of each slice of eggplant. Serve!

    Recipe Notes

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    The BEST Paleo Bread [VIDEO]

    This recipe is one of my most popular paleo recipes for good reason! It is the BEST paleo bread recipe. These ultimate paleo sandwich rolls are ones that everyone will love. They are gluten-free, grain-free, fluffy, sliceable, and TOTALLY BREAD-LIKE with the best texture! Plus, they are simple to prepare!

    Paleo Bread Recipe Sliced

    How to make paleo bread

    I’ve been thinking about bringing paleo-friendly bread and rolls to LCK for some time now. But I knew before I did that I needed to make sure they fit specific criteria. They need the right flavor and fluffy, soft, air-y, bread-like texture. You see, I’ve never bothered buying gluten-free breads in the store. I never thought it was worth it because I always felt they were dense, not the right flavor, etc.

    Paleo Bread Recipe Video:

    Paleo Sandwich Bread with deli meat

    My ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls are a huge hit around the web. But let’s be real, just like cauliflower pizza crusts, they are still cauliflower. They can’t really taste like pizza (or bread). So I bring you: The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls. Trust me. 

    Paleo Dinner Rolls on plate in sandwich

    Can you see that texture? Easy, breezy sandwich rolls. Trust me!

    Other Paleo Bread recipes: 

    How to use the bread:

    holding delicious paleo bread

    What kind of bread can you eat on the Paleo diet?

    Making this homemade bread is easy and kid-friendly! Paleo bread is different from gluten free bread because often on the paleo diet most grains are avoided. So gluten-free breads made with gluten-free flours like rice flour, teff flour, and corn meal would not be considered paleo bread! I like using this  combination of almond flour and tapioca flour as it creates the most legit paleo bread, and gluten-free I’ve ever tried!

    Paleo Sandwich Bread

    Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
    • Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
    • Place round molds or large mason jar lids on a baking sheet and grease well.
    • Pour batter into molds until almost at the top, a little less.
    • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean*
    • Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
    • Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    1. *Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls
    2. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls. See the comments for how readers have adapted!
    3. Updated 2/2017. I used to add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or palm shortening but don't find it necessary for the texture so it has been removed.
    4. For 1 roll:
      Calories: 167
      Total Carbohydrate 17.3g
      Sugars 2g
      Protein 5.9g
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    Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

    How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

    Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

    This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

    Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

    It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

    How to make Sausage and Peppers

    Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

    You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

    Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

    Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
    2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
    5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
    6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
    7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

    Recipe Notes

    • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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    Paleo Chicken and Broccoli (Instant Pot & Under 30 Minutes!)

    This easy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli recipe is made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker and is paleo-friendly and SO delicious. It tastes like your favorite Chinese food take-out, without any guilt! Get ready for the ultimate Chinese comfort food made in under 20 minutes and is whole30-compliant!

    Chicken and Broccoli (Instant Pot) - Lexi's Clean KitchenChicken and Broccoli (Instant Pot & Under 30 Minutes!)

    Growing up, I LOVED Chinese food. No place fancy, just the local junky Chinese place (probably loaded with MSG) was my go-to. Chicken and Broccoli lunch specials happened regularly, so when I say this is the real deal, I mean it! Forget take out with this homemade, easy version!

    Chicken and Broccoli (Instant Pot) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make! It comes together in under 20 minutes, and is seriously the ultimate comfort food! Serve it with cauliflower rice for a low carb, whole30 compliant meal, or with white rice!

    Want other Instant Pot recipes? Try these:


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    The BEST Paleo Pancakes [VIDEO]

    Pancakes should be fluffy, golden, and loaded with your favorite add-ins. I’m not kidding when I say these Paleo Pancakes are the real deal. They’re based off of my cinnamon crunch pancakes, and are really just the perfect paleo pancake recipe base, ever. They are paleo pancakes made with almond flour, are kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and nobody will know their paleo! Guaranteed! These paleo pancakes are made gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, and without banana. I make batches of the mix for my mom every time she comes to visit, and she’s not grain-free!

    Paleo Pancakes Recipe with SyrupThe BEST Paleo Pancakes

    I used to experiment a lot more with protein pancakes (with banana), 2-ingredient pancakes, and so on. While I love those (and ate them everyday for like 3 months at one point), I wanted pancakes that actually TASTE and have the texture of real pancakes.

    Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour?

    Yes. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds which have had the skins removed, and is ground more finely than almond meal, which typically still contains the skins and has a more coarse grind. Both will work, though I prefer almond flour!

    What can you use instead of applesauce?

    Pumpkin puree will work as a sub for the applesauce! 

    Paleo Pancakes with almond flour

    This recipe is tried and true, and is loved by so many of you! Read through the comments below for a glimpse of reader reactions! 

    Is maple syrup allowed on paleo diet?

    I drizzle these pancakes with good quality maple syrup! Maple syrup, in its natural, unprocessed form, is paleo and is a great alternative to white sugar. Always look for good quality, 100% pure maple syrup!

    Watch the video here:

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    How do you make paleo pancakes

    Fluffy Paleo Pancakes

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Serves 2

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
    • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • Add-ins of choice

    Directions

    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt
    • Add in eggs, applesauce, and vanilla- mix to combine
    • Heat grass-fed butter in a skillet over medium heat and pour in batter
    • Let cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown
    • Continue with remaining batter
    • Transfer to a plate and serve
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    There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my disclosure policy for more info!