Collard Power Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing (Delish Knowledge)


1 cup butternut squash cubes
1 tsp. oil
1 package shredded collards or 6-8 cups collard leaves, center rib removed and leaves shredded
1 cup shredded carrots
2 large tomatoes, sliced into thin ½ moons
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled to room temperature
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
⅛ cup hemp seeds

Lemon-Tahini Dressing:

1 garlic clove, grated
½ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about ¼ cup)
⅛ tsp. smoked paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss butternut squash cubes with 1 tsp. oil and pinch salt/pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Prepare dressing by combing all ingredients for lemon-tahini dressing. Whisk together and season with salt/pepper.
  4. Place shredded collards into a large bowl. Add a few tablespoons of dressing onto the collards and massage well.
  5. Add the butternut squash, black beans, carrots, tomatoes, cooked quinoa and ¼ cup dressing.
  6. Toss well, massage into remaining ingredients.
  7. Top with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds.
  8. Drizzle with remaining dressing if you wish!

See original recipe here


I’m Alexandra Caspero, Registered Dietitian, Yoga Teacher and certified vegetable lover.

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