This easy and festive warm salad will be everyone’s new holiday favourite!
Christmas Eve is probably my favourite night of the year, even now more than ever because of my three kids. The entire day and night are full of anticipation and magic as they await Santa’s arrival.
We usually host at our house, and spend the day doing fun wintery activities like tobogganing and skating, and then end the day at our house where we put out a spread of our favourite appetizers and salads for everyone to enjoy (this is the best part – the food!).
As a registered dietitian, I admit, I do try to balance things out with a few veggie and fruit-focused dishes (to go along with the amazingly delicious, not-so-nutritious ones that we love so much).
The holidays are so full of rich, indulgent foods, that I feel better knowing that there are some nutritious options on the table.
This Warm Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad is one of my favourites, because it’s not only beautifully colourful and festive, but it’s also extremely easy to prepare, and loaded full of fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
My star ingredients? A ready-made vegetable blend, which is full of things like Kale, Kohlrabi, Brussel Sprouts and carrots, and Butternut Squash Zigzags (my kids love the shape of these!).
They’re fresh veggies that are pre-washed and cut, which makes my life SO much easier. This salad makes the perfect addition to our Christmas Eve spread, but it also makes for a great turkey dinner side dish (or, quite honestly, a meal on its own!). I even love it as leftovers, for lunch the next day.