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Pumpkin & Kale Salad + Just Married!

Hey guess what, we just got married! In a beautiful greenhouse in Rosendal’s Garden in Stockholm, surrounded by our closest family and friends (+ ALL their kids) and accompanied by live jazz music and gorgeous food. Even though I proposed to Luise in the back of a campervan on New Zealand almost three years ago, we pulled this wedding together – from idea to ”I do” – in less than five weeks. With three young kids, constantly overflowing mailboxes and an unhealthy always-need-to-be-in-control tendency, we realized that if we don’t do a quick and spontaneous wedding we probably won’t get hitched until we are retired. So instead of our dream wedding going on for three days and nights in the Italian country side, we aimed for an informal and cosy autumn gathering in one of our favorite Stockholm locations. It turned out so much better than we could ever have hoped for and we are now officially mr and mrs.

We let the chefs at Rosendal take care of all the food (which was a huge relief). Our only instructions for the lunch buffet (lunch is much easier if you want friends with kids to attend) was that we wanted hearty salads and food roughly in line with our own philosophy. Typically, we didn’t get any photos of the whole buffet table, but there were roasted vegetables, butter tossed potato and chanterelles, slaw with pickled mustard seeds, hummus, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, a goat’s cheese salad with shredded beets, herb sauces and lots and lots of cake. All seasonal and local, pretty decorated with fruit and flowers. And so good!


Another salad that they prepared was made with roasted pumpkin, cavolo nero and buckwheat and we have recreated our own version of it here below. We never got the exact recipe from the chef so this is a pretty loose interpretation of how we remembered it (after a couple of glasses of champagne). We are sharing that today along with a few snaps that David’s sister took at the wedding. Forget everything I’ve previously stated about marriage. This was fun! And I feel damn fortunate to marry the most beautiful woman I know.

Lots of love from us!


The kids were more interested in the fireplace than the camera …


These two guys were so good! Send me an email if you need Chet Baker-style jazz musicians in Stockholm and I’ll forward their contact info.

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This is a gorgeous and rustic recipe perfect for this season. It would also be ideal for Christmas, maybe with some cinnamon added to the dressing. One of the things we really love about this is that you don’t need to peel the pumpkin (which always is a hassle), just cut into wedges and you can even keep the seeds on. Some of the seeds might get a little burnt but the one hanging on to the slices add a nice crunch. We cover the pumpkin wedges in dressing both before and after roasting to give them a delicious coating.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Cavolo Nero & Buckwheat
Serves 4

1 Hokkaido squash, Kent pumpkin or other small winter squash/pumpkin variety
200 g / 4 cups dinosaur kale (cavolo nero) or regular kale, thick stems removed 
1 cup / 250 ml / 170 g raw buckwheat groats, rinsed

125 ml / 1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 lemons, juice + zest
1 cm / 1/2 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
Sea salt & pepper

To serve
Pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup / 75 g toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup / 150 g feta cheese

Set the oven to 200°C / 400°F fan mode. Divide the pumpkin in half and then cut it into wedges. Leave any seeds that are hanging on to the wedges and discard the rest. Stir together the dressing, taste and adjust the flavors. Pour about half of it in a bowl and toss the pumpkin slices in it (keep the remaining dressing in the bowl). Place on a baking tray and roast for about 25-30 minutes. We like it a little burnt towards the edges. When roasted, carefully loosen the wedges from the tray and brush them with the remaining dressing in the bowl.

While the pumpkin is roasting, cook the buckwheat groats in 2 cups water for 7-8 minutes until soft but not mushy. Drain any remaining water and leave to cool off a bit. Add the remaining half of the dressing to a large bowl. Tear the kale leaves into smaller pieces, place in the bowl and use your hands to massage them until they soften up. Add the buckwheat to the bowl and toss so it’s all mixed. Arrange the kale and buckwheat on the tray (or a serving plate) together with the pumpkin wedges. Scatter with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and crumbled feta cheese. Enjoy!


Wedding photos by Johanna Frenkel.


  1. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 16:35 | #

    Congratulations on your marriage! The photos are wonderful!

    I’m totally into pumpkin and winter squash recipes this fall. They’re my favourite. Going to try this one out!

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  2. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 16:49 | #

    Congratulations on your marriage, it looks like you had a really lovely wedding! The last picture of you two reminds me of my partner and I, there’s a solid foot of height difference between us too, hah. Knocking it out of the park as usual with this recipe.

  3. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 16:58 | #

    Congratulations, looks like you had an amazing wedding!
    The salad looks great, I love pomegranate in winter salads.

  4. Christian
    Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 17:04 | #

    Congratulation for your mariage and loving your receipt.

    All the best from Switzerland.

  5. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 17:19 | #

    Congratulations! <3 You two both look gorgeous & happy, and the wedding looks so classy and beautiful.
    I have to ask: where is the beautiful bride's dress from? It is beyond lovely.

    • Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 17:46 | #

      Luise’s dress is from Needle and Thread. http://www.needleandthread.com

      • xavierkat
        Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 19:43 | #

        Thank you so much <3 :)

      • Beth
        Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 00:48 | #

        And now I have to ask, where did you get your suit?! (Asking for my fiancée.)

        You both look beautiful and immensely happy. Congrats!

  6. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 17:40 | #

    Lovely! vad härligt! Gratulationer till hela familjen! Och tack än en gang för era underbara recept som inspirerar till bade vardag och fest!

  7. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 20:30 | #

    Congratulations! Everything looks so beautiful! And the pumpkin kale stuff just delicious, gonna try that soon :) thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Posted 9 Nov ’17 at 23:23 | #

    Congratulations you two!! So happy for you, isn’t marriage so wonderful?! The location looks picture perfect and I’m dying over Luise’s dress <3. This salad sounds divine as well – kale and pumpkin are such a winning combination. Now time to honeymoon yeah?! ;)

  9. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 00:20 | #

    CONGRATS GUYS! 🍾🎊 All of our very best wishes. You’re the best couple ever.

  10. Stef
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 08:01 | #

    Congrats, you two!! How wonderful (and what beautiful picture you had taken!). Isn’t marrying just amazing, especially being surrounded by many friends and relatives who are to share these memories with you?? It’s magical – and will make the spell last even longer. ;-) All the best for you and your family!

    (Must try the recipe soon, but got too enthusiastic about your news … First things first. :-)))

  11. Catriona
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 08:17 | #

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading this blog for ages now and this post genuinely made me smile – I’m so pleased for you all. It looks to have been a wonderful day :)

  12. Cheryl Bell
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 08:21 | #

    Congratulations! you are such a beautifull family.

  13. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 08:24 | #

    How wonderful congratulations! I had afternoon tea in that greenhouse last winter and there was a Wedding Party in the same room, I think it’s just magical!

  14. Sigrid
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 08:45 | #

    I just love your pictures and stories. And of course your recipes. This post put tears into my eyes, that usually doesn’t happen easily. I am so happy for all of you and I wish you all the best in the world.

  15. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 09:17 | #

    Wow, what an amazing venue! What a gorgeous family. Gorgeous pumpkin salad. All of it is just… gorgeous. Congratulations!

  16. Lynnie
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 09:17 | #

    Congratulations it looks like a lovely day, lovely dress, lovely children. Hope you have a magical future x

  17. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 11:03 | #

    hey ragazzi.. auguriiiii! Belli come il sole, come sempre del resto! Baci e felice matrimonio dall’Italia :) Nina

  18. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 11:05 | #

    Congratulations – what a beautiful wedding and family! Have been following your blog for a long time and it’s so lovely to see your family grow along with all the incredible recipes xxxxx

  19. Rene Walkin
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 11:33 | #

    Congratulations! What a beautiful venue and the food sounds wonderful-love the pumpkin and kale recipe.

  20. juanita
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 12:02 | #

    Congratulations on your wonderful wedding!! We had a similar idea to want a Colombian-Italian 3 day wedding celebration but ended doing something like you and it was great!! Thanks for sharing!! love your recipes, pictures and all. Wishing you lots of happiness.

  21. Bri
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 13:34 | #

    Try a Japanese orange kabocha squash—it is so dense, rich and sweet it will blow your mind. And don’t peel, just slice, scoop out the seeds, smear with olive oil and spice (i love a Jaime Oliver inspired mix of fennel, coriander seed, oregano roughly in a tbsp each, then chili flakes, salt and pepper). Add a couple of large garlic cloves to the pan (unpeeled) and roast 15-20 minutes in a hot oven. Add nuts—salted pepitas are great but so are pecans— to the pan for for the last 5 min of baking, and if you feel decadent splash them with maple syrup. A great dish, with or without a shower of parmesan just before serving for a sweet, salty, silky, crunchy utterly delicious veg (toss w pasta if you are feeding teenagers!)

  22. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 14:07 | #

    Congratulations! This salad looks absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  23. Valerie
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 14:33 | #

    *****perfectly……PERFECT***** ~ everything looks beautiful…LOVE your stunning dress….sounds like an A++++ super yummy meal…*congrats*…thank you for sharing your day with us…(can’t wait to try your recipe…. *cheers* ~ Valerie xo

  24. Melinda Lucas
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 15:34 | #

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family you have.. Best wishes for a long and happy life!

  25. Yvette Rivera
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 15:54 | #

    Congratulations! Surely a season of thanskgiving. May your love and your lives be as beautiful and fruitful as this day. God bless you.

  26. birgit
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 16:09 | #

    what a wonderful idea
    everything looks great
    congratulations and all my best wishes
    lg birgit

  27. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 17:32 | #

    Wow! Congratulations! Your wedding is just beautiful, only for close people and with your favorite and delicious food! I imagine my wedding just like that, only the closest people and a small restaurant in the center of Moscow) Love and inspiration for further recipes. You’re cool, that decided on a quick wedding, the main thing is love, and where you got married does not matter)

  28. Ashley K Davis
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 19:37 | #

    Huge Congratulations to you all! I’ve been following your blog away before Elsa was born. You guys inspired me so much with amazing foods and beautiful photos! What a beautiful wedding! And LOVE your dress!

  29. Donna
    Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 19:44 | #

    Congratulations to you both and your beautiful whānau, from New Zealand!

  30. Posted 11 Nov ’17 at 04:17 | #

    Congratulations to you both! Anyhow, this pumpkin and kale salad looks amazing. I love the vibrant colors!

  31. Posted 11 Nov ’17 at 10:29 | #

    Huge congratulations! The pictures are gorgeous, and so are you two :-) All the best, and thank you for your great work on this website and blog.

  32. Louise
    Posted 11 Nov ’17 at 17:50 | #

    Congratulations, David and Luise <3 I've been following you guys for years, you're so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us, it's such heart-warming news :)

  33. Kate Lord
    Posted 12 Nov ’17 at 07:02 | #

    I think we should all bond together and get a new webpage header for you all for your wedding present!

    I’m certainly torn between a tiny wedding and a huge informal wedding, you’re once again, providing great inspiration! Congratulations

    • Posted 12 Nov ’17 at 13:06 | #

      Haha!! That’s the best idea I’ve heard. We have started a blog redesign three times during the last couple of years but never had time to go through with it. Thanks for the reminder though. Need. To. Change. That. Header.
      /D&L xx

  34. Vera from Lisbon
    Posted 12 Nov ’17 at 23:32 | #

    I usually only comment on recipes that I’ve already tried. But this is an exception, because I did not want to miss the opportunity to congratulate you for the wedding. :) :) I whish you all the best. Though, in your case, it “just” seems to be the case of continuing what you have been building together for so long now.:) Thank you very much for, in some way, letting us (those that love to read and learn with/from your posts) take part on those very special moments too!:) P.S. – I will be trying this gorgeous salad soon anyway. ;-)

    • Vera from Lisbon
      Posted 19 Nov ’17 at 21:46 | #

      Recipe finally tried and sooo approved! It is an incredible winter salad. :) Next time, I think I will be adding a few drops of ume plum vineagre to open up flavours.Let’s see how it goes!:) :)

  35. Dayna Del Val
    Posted 13 Nov ’17 at 01:36 | #

    This was so excellent! I️ didn’t use the grains and only had goat cheese, but the dressing is amazing. What a fabulous combination of flavors and textures! Congratulations on your marriage!

  36. Marina
    Posted 13 Nov ’17 at 11:45 | #

    Congratulations! You are a beautiful family, thank you for your inspiring work.

  37. Posted 15 Nov ’17 at 03:03 | #

    I’m new to your blog but CONGRATS!!! The photos are beautiful! And that Pumpkin Salad…WOW! Sounds Delish!

  38. lucile
    Posted 15 Nov ’17 at 13:22 | #

    …as allways: beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations .

  39. Kim
    Posted 16 Nov ’17 at 12:30 | #

    Congratulations! Rosendahls is the most romantic setting- I’m an Aussie and married to a Swede, we spent many happy hours there. The gardens are gorgeous, as is the food. May you have may more happy years ahead!!

  40. Posted 16 Nov ’17 at 13:31 | #

    Haha I first read, Pumpkin and Kale, just married! Well it’s a lovely combination anyway, I wish them the best of luck and I’ll be enjoying them both together :)

    Congratulations and thank you for some extra inspiration when I need it!

  41. Posted 16 Nov ’17 at 15:34 | #

    Congratulations! The location looks so charming and Luise’s dress is sooo beautiful!You’re such a lovely couple!:)

  42. Katie
    Posted 17 Nov ’17 at 18:50 | #

    Many congratulations and very best wishes for a happy future ahead. Thankyou for all the delicious recipes xx

  43. Posted 18 Nov ’17 at 06:46 | #

    Congratulations! This salad looks absolutely amazing. thank you for your inspiring work.

  44. Posted 18 Nov ’17 at 09:55 | #

    Hearty congratulations on the wedding! Loved the casual and cozy setting :)

  45. Stefania
    Posted 19 Nov ’17 at 04:29 | #

    Dear GSK,

    Firstly congratulations! Secondly I love you blog, your food and recipes. It’s was my first inspiration to try and eat a more vegetarian diet. St this moment however I am pregnant and me and my “sambo” will be parents come en of may. Suddenly we have a little baby to feed and being new to the whole “baby” thing I would like to know what kind of food did you feed your children during the age 0-to what ever age until they started eating “adult” food? How can I give my child a plant-based diet without whilst making sure they get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow into healthy little humans? Hoping I’ll be able to nurse but you never know and I really don’t want to have to by formula.

    Again love love love your blog


  46. Mélissa
    Posted 5 Dec ’17 at 11:17 | #

    Congratulations on your beautiful wedding!
    I love your blog and your recipes. This salad looks delicious…gonna try it soon!
    I have a whole other question : I remember a post about frozen coconut-pumpkin-chocolate squares that I wanted to make for christmas this year, but I cannot find the recipe on your blog anymore… Is it still on it? Could you please give me the link?
    Many many thanks and happy day to everyone.

  47. Posted 21 Dec ’17 at 02:18 | #

    I just love your pictures and stories. And of course your recipes. I am so happy for all of you and I wish you all the best in the world.Thank you for sharing this. I even pinned it on my Pinterest! :)

  48. Posted 8 Jan ’18 at 15:12 | #

    Congratulations you two!! So happy for you, isn’t marriage so wonderful?! The location looks picture perfect and I’m dying over Luise’s dress <3. This salad sounds divine as well – kale and pumpkin are such a winning combination. Now time to honeymoon yeah?! ;)

  49. Posted 14 Mar ’18 at 06:14 | #

    You had me at pumpkin :D Do you think if we substituted the kale for spinach, we could follow the exact same method (cooking time etc.)?

  50. Posted 30 Oct ’18 at 05:33 | #

    Excellent salad recipes ! Didn’t have dates so used prunes instead and came out great.

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