Butternut Squash & Cabbage Salad, and a Giveaway!

December 1st, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Welcome to the fourth week of A Gluten-Free Holiday, where it’s all about your favorite holiday entrees and side dishes! We’re also doing another great cookbook giveaway, where this week it’s a copy of my book The Pure Kitchen. (Scroll down for details on how to enter!)

I have so enjoyed browsing through the dozens of fantastic, healthier recipes contributed by all of you eager holiday cooks over the past few weeks. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on:

When it comes to holiday entrees and sides, my family is not steeped in tradition. Over the years, we’ve savored everything from salmon to cornish hens to roast beef for the holidays, and side dishes have spanned just about every region and ethnicity I can think of. It really doesn’t matter to me what I’m eating for the holiday meal. All the fun is found in preparing it and sharing it with people you love.

Cooking, especially around the holidays, is my favorite way of spreading the spirit of joy to others and cultivating it in my own heart. On chilly December days, there is no place I’d rather be than in a fragrant kitchen with pots simmering and cookies baking, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas wafting through the air.

As much as I love just about any festive holiday dish, I really love it when side dishes steal the show at the table and when people leave talking about that amazing kale salad or bowl of roasted squash. Today I’m combining my love of many great side dish ingredients into one knock-out salad that you could make all winter long.

This Butternut Squash & Cabbage Salad has a smooth maple dressing that gets it’s creaminess from a secret ingredient: blanched almond flour. A few tablespoons blended into the dressing offers just enough weight to smooth it out and give the dressing almost a buttery aftertaste. If you don’t have almond flour on hand, feel free to grind up blanched almonds in a spice grinder or high-speed blender. I think homemade meal would work just fine here.

More Healthy Holiday Entrees & Sides:

The Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Julie. Congrats!

One winner will receive a signed copy of The Pure Kitchen, just in time for Christmas and New Year’s! If you’ve been looking high and low for nutritious but flavorful recipes to add to your arsenal, this book is for you. When I wrote it, I had in mind the type of people who want to eat well without sacrificing flavor, texture, and the “mmm” factor when it comes to their meals. Everything in this book is made for people who love to eat!

Enter by doing one or all of the following:

  • Link up your favorite holiday entree or side recipe at the bottom of this post.
  • Leave a comment on this post.
  • Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Please leave a comment for each time you’ve shared.

Contest ends Wednesday, December 7th at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be contacted via email. Contest open to US and Canada residents only.

Butternut Squash & Cabbage Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing

Serves 4

For the salad:

1 small (1 ½ pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch cubes

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

4 ½ – 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 medium shallot, finely chopped

¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted

¼ cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons blanched almond flour

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons dark maple syrup, preferably Grade B

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash cubes with the olive oil using your hands. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned in spots. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, parsley, shallot, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. Add the cooled squash and toss gently to combine.

Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Serve at room temperature.


  1. Such an interesting combination of ingredients! Looks great, Hallie. I’ve linked up a smooth and creamy Leek and Potato soup! :)

  2. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win a cookbook. :-)

  4. Hallie, this looks so fresh and delicious. I’d love to have this anytime, not just at Christmas! :) I’ve linked up my savory sweet potato pie.

  5. Nancy Ball said on December 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This looks great! My fave for any holiday is your Grain-free Granola Balls. They’re our go-to snack.

  6. Your recipe looks fantastic!

  7. I can’t wait to check out all the recipes, I linked up my stuffed acorn squash

  8. I shared on facebook :)

  9. twitter too :) I hope I win!!

  10. Yum! This recipe combines things that I would never have thought to combine, but all things that I like! It’s going to have to make an appearance on our table soon.

  11. Love the cabbage apple slaw!

  12. Hallie, the almond flour in the dressing is just BRILLIANT, my friend! I love that idea. Gives the idea of creaminess without any dairy! This is an absolutely gorgeous salad.

    Our Christmas Day tradition has always been a beautiful Prime Rib. But Christmas Eve has been anything from Lobster or Crab to Cornish game hens to pork. My favorite thing to do with my mom each year was to think up what we were going to do for our Christmas Eve menu.

  13. suburban prep said on December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    looks like the book is full of great ideas for recipes for my family.

  14. This recipe looks delicious! i never would have thought to add squash to a cabbage salad but it all sounds really good! Thank you for sharing!
    And for the great giveaway!

  15. I’ve recently changed my diet and am leading a “cleaner” lifestyle. It’s changed my life dramatically! I would love to win this cookbook!

  16. Great idea! I love coleslaw in its various incarnations, and this seems to fit in a very similar category.

  17. this salad looks great! and so does your giveaway :) Sign me up!

  18. Melissa C. said on December 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This recipe looks awesome and so does your cookbook you are giving away!

  19. cheryl greenstreet said on December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hooray! another gluten free book and website. Thanks for opportunity to win your book.

  20. This sounds like a yummy combo!

  21. Love love love cabbage salad. will be making this one this weekend. would love a gluten free cookbook too -thanks for the chance to win one…. just over one month gluten free and it’s so fun learning about the new way of eating. i’ve always loved food – reading about it, writing about it, playing with it……this gluten free world is making it all so new. thank you.

  22. this recipe looks fab… would love a copy of the book

  23. lovely salad.. i love slight sweet and crunchy cabbage slwas anyday!
    i linked up herbed roasted delicata squash!

  24. What a novel idea to put almond flour in dressing! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. This cookbook looks great, would really like to try the recipes in it.

  26. This looks yummy! I’ve learned to try and enjoy so many new foods and flavors from blogs like yours – thank you! Your book giveaway is wonderful!

  27. I can’t wait to make this salad! I would be so excited to win one of these wonderful cookbooks!! I linked my favorite holiday soup from Elena’s pantry.

  28. This looks so yummy!

  29. Wow, does that butternut squash look good with the cabbage and your dressing! Very tempting — I’m sure it tastes even better than it looks.

  30. Looks pretty delicious!

  31. I shared this on facebook.

  32. just found you from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. You have lots of recipes I want to try!

  33. Your recipes look great and I love cookbooks!

  34. This recipe looks so yummy!

  35. This recipe looks great I can’t wait to try it. I would love to win your book too.

  36. Suzanne H said on December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This recipe looks great. I have a cabbage that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with.

    Thanks for the giveaway as well!

  37. Suzanne H said on December 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I shared on FB.

  38. Suzanne H said on December 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I tweeted. DucktorWho82

  39. I already have your amazing book, but wanted to say that this dish looks amazing! I use nuts and seeds a lot to thicken dressings too.

  40. I’d love to win this cookbook!

  41. Thanks for this opportunity! I linked up my Cranberry Orange Sauce (sorry, didn’t label it correctly).

  42. Stephanie said on December 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  43. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I am just starting out on this new adventure and need all the help I can get!

  44. Stacey L. said on December 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I never would have thought to add almond flour to dressing. thanks for the creative tip! Would love a copy of your book as I am just learning:)

  45. Yummy ……have been looking for a recipe that I could use with blanched kale in it. Kale, almost raw is so very good for Lupus and inflammatory diseases. It is not always easy to find different ways of eating kale regularly that is not necessarily steamed. So thank you.

  46. This book looks great would love to win it!

  47. I love cabbage and love butternut squash. Thanks for the recipe.
    I would love to have the cookbook too!

  48. I would love a copy of your book!


  49. This looks like a yummy change to plain old cabbage salad! Can’t wait to try it.

  50. This is a great idea for New Year’s day!

  51. Yum Hallie. I can’t wait to try your salad, but especially the salad dressing and its secret ingredient!

  52. Thanks so much – I’ve have been looking for ways to use up an abundance of greeen cabbage!

  53. That salad looks great, thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  54. I am enthralled! I just found your site through NourishingMeals.com and cannot wait to try some of your recipes. I would SO love to have your cookbook. You even have thumbprint cookies with permitted ingredients. My tastebuds are doing a happy little dance in anticipation of the lovely flavors they will savor when I make your recipes. Yum yum!!

  55. Hallie, this looks like a beauty of a salad.


  56. We always do a non-traditional thing for xmas….crab is a favorite!!

  57. Colleen M. said on December 2, 2011 at 3:29 am

    The salad looks delicious! Would love to be a winner – thanks for the giveaway!

  58. I love slaw of any kind! This looks amazing cannot wait to try it!

  59. Marsha Hutson said on December 2, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Soooo excited to have the chance to win your cookbook! I’m gluten- free all the way! Thanks so much!

  60. This salad looks amazing! And I would love to win the cookbook too! What a great post and giveaway…

  61. alisa joy said on December 2, 2011 at 5:09 am

    oh, you had me at butternut but then sealed the deal with cabbage. two ingredients that i dearly love!

    thank you for the giveaway!

  62. Hmm…I just happen to have some butternut squash and cabbage hanging around from our final CSA share. I may have to make this!

  63. MaryK in Milwaukee said on December 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    What a beautiful salad!

  64. Interesting idea to use almond flour in the salad dressing! I would love to win a copy of the cookbook!

  65. Elisabeth said on December 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This salad looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  66. I would love to win your cookbook-it looks fantastic! I shared my Sweet Potatoes and Pears recipe.

  67. Your blog and recipes are beautiful. I look forward to perusing it more! Thanks!

  68. Just found you through Ricki’s blog. Will be making your salad tomorrow, I actually have all the ingredients!

  69. Sounds yummy! You have great recipes. I can’t wait to make them all!

  70. This recipe looks delicious! Thank you :)

  71. So glad I found this site! Thank you for all the great recipes!!!!!!!!!!

  72. susan weikert said on December 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Everything looks good, I cant wait to try baking some of your goodie! I found you through gluten free easy.

  73. any suggestions for a substitute if we can’t get butternut squash?? maybe kabocha? thanks!

  74. I make pumpkin pie without milk. So far, I’m still experimenting.

  75. This book may just be the think I need to get on the no gluten train. the recipes look right up my alley…and tastes. Motivatiob, that’s what I need, motivation. It will giv me motivation. yay

  76. Oh my goodness, I should have edited before I hit the submit button. Time to go nighty-night

  77. ikkinlala said on December 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This looks interesting, and a friend of mine recently found out that she can’t eat gluten – I’d love to be able to cook for her.

  78. Susan Chafin said on December 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Love Daily Bites, am having fun checking out recipes. Making the butternut squash and cabbage today.

  79. Oh, this is exciting! Currently my favorite recipe is super simple. It doesn’t even have a name, but it is my favorite things to make for desert of even for a meal. It uses butternut squash, apples, a little bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
    To make this recipe, simply core and cut up the apples, cut up the butternut squash and de-seed and de-skin it. (Best with a good sharp knive, Pampered Chef has good ones!) Throw this in a steep pan for the oven, ( I use the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker) then simply sprinkle maybe a table spoon of brown sugar over it, then add as much spices as you desire.
    Throw this in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour. When it comes out, it is the best thing ever!

  80. Just shared this with my facebook friends! I have quite a few who are allergic to wheat and/or dairy.

  81. Ronnda Stapleton said on December 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I can’t wait to try the ice cream, I am actually going to attempt to make it into gelato! :P

  82. Melissa Woodman said on December 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I’m so happy to find there are resources for not just gluten free but sugar and dairy free!

  83. Just found your site and love it! Will definitely be trying this salad. Our GF/DF family is always on the lookout for new recipes. Thank you!

  84. My favorite holiday soup is Squash Soup… see my recipe here:


    I am also looking for a gluten free cookbook to give my boyfriend’s dad for Christmas… yours looks great!

  85. Rachel Blom said on December 6, 2011 at 3:35 am

    This book looks great!

  86. What a colorful salad and healthy comfort food at its best. Thanks for all the great recipes Hallie, and a chance to win a copy of your cookbook.

  87. Can’t wait to experience the “mmm” factor in your cookbook’s recipes! ;)

  88. Shared on FB!

  89. Shared your blog and giveaway on Facebook.

  90. Chelsea R said on December 7, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I’d love to win! We’re always looking for new, healthy, allergy friendly options. One of my favourite holiday treats is probably amaretti.

  91. I was just reading about your cookbook on Amazon.com and it sounds great. I haven’t made any of your recipes yet but have bookmarked some to try very soon. The salad looks delicious.

  92. This looks great! Butternut squash is one on my favorite during the winter, always trying to find new ways to include it thank-you

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