Sesame Delicata Squash Kale Salad with Black Lentils | @naturallyella

Sesame Delicata Squash Kale Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


Delicata squash is the star of this simple kale salad. The squash is quick and easy to prepare since the skin can be left on. If you like a little extra heat, I recommend tossing a teaspoon of sambal oelek onto the squash before roasting.



Delicata Squash

  • 1 delicata squash (3/4 lb)
  • 4 scallions (diced)
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded and packed kale
  • 1/3 cup dried black lentils

Chili Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or sriracha


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Remove the ends from the delicata squash, cut in half down the length and remove the seeds. Cut the delicata squash into ¼” slices. Toss with diced scallions, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Roast until tender and scallions are browning, 25 minutes.
  2. In a small pot, combine lentils with 2/3 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Check at the 20 minute mark and add more water as needed. Drain any excess water
  3. Combine dressing ingredients in a small container with a lid. Shake until well combined. Pour half over the kale and allow to sit while the squash and lentils are cooking.
  4. Add the cooked squash and lentils to the kale along with the remaining half of the dressing. Toss until everything is combined.


Tips & Tricks: You can use any type of oil for the dressing but I prefer to use a neutral flavored oil. For more sesame flavor, add 1 teaspoon sesame oil to the dressing.

If you want to cook the delicata squash longer to caramelize, wait to add the scallions until the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: sesame oil, black lentils, sesame seeds

Nutrition: See the information.


  • Calories: 427
  • Sugar: 8.7
  • Sodium: 356.7
  • Fat: 21.2
  • Carbohydrates: 52.9
  • Protein: 13.7
  • Cholesterol: 0