Kale Salad with Sweet Potato

We are smack dab in the middle of winter!

This means less sunny days, more cloud and more gloom. Yes winter has its great benefits and all, but over all many of us hibernate until the first true signs of spring. It feels like our winters are lasting longer and are colder than before. Snow so deep it is impossible to carry on with our daily routines. I personally find I am watching more television, getting out less and of course my eating has changed.

In the winter months we eat more foods from the pantry. Foods that are not fresh as the garden is not available. I think this is a reason many of us get sicker in the winter months. Less vitamins from the sun and less from the lack of fruits and vegetables. I am making more of an effort to eat fruits and vegetables now and create some tasty recipes the family will love.

kale-salad

This salad is a fresh healthy way to feel Spring is on its way!

Kale Salad with Sweet Potato

Ingredients
Salad:
3 cups Kale, rib removed, chiffonade soaked and dried

3 cups Mixed greens

1 cup of cooked and diced Sweet Potato

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1 cup red grapes, sliced in half

1/2 cup of chopped Pecans

1/2 cup of Feta Cheese crumbled

1/3 cup of Quinoa

pinch sea salt

pinch pepper

Dressing
2 oz rice white vinegar

8 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

2 oz lemon juice

1 tsp dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

1 tsp salt

pinch black pepper

2½ cups extra virgin olive oil

kale-salad-prep

Directions

Salad:
In a mixing bowl combine kale, dried Cranberries , grapes, Quinoa, Sweet Potato and a ⅓ cup of the citrus vinaigrette; toss together by hand. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Add more dressing if needed.
Next pile salad on a plate and top with feta and Pecans, serve.
Dressing: Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender and mix till smooth. Slowly drizzle in oil in a steady stream till well incorporated.

Tips and tricks 

To rinse/soak Kale: Place kale stalks in a large bowl and fill with water. Leave in bowl for 10 minutes swishing stalks around every few minutes. Rinse well. Set on towels and pat dry. When leaves are dry cut out ribs and discard stalks, chiffonade remaining leaves.

Citrus Vinaigrette: recipe makes a lot of dressing, feel free to cut the recipe in half and save extra in the refrigerator.

This salad is great as a lunch or a side with dinner. The colour makes it very pretty but the vitamins and nutrients are surely going to help bring you out of the winter gloom.

Comments

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That sounds like a healthy, delicious salad. I will have to try this.

  2. Victoria Ess says

    Sweet potato sounds like the perfect way to balance out the bitterness of kale!

  3. I've never thought to add sweet potatoes to any type of salad mix. I bet this is really good. I've never had Kale but I am a BIG fan of sweet potatoes.

  4. loisaltermark says

    Ooh, I love the idea of adding sweet potatoes to the kale. Actually, I love the idea of adding sweet potatoes to anything!
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  5. I have to admit I do love a bit of kale – has to be one of my favourite vegetables, I shall have to give this a try thank you. x

  6. mamabear6910 says

    I don't think I have ever tried kale although I am told it is really good.. This salad looks delish!!
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  7. I am coming to eat with you. I love kale and it is so, so healthy. My Hubs isn't into it so much.
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  8. I love kale but never tried blending kale and sweet potato. This sounds interesting to me 🙂

  9. This is a great combination. I don't usually like Kale because of the bitterness but this sounds like a great way to get around it.
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  10. coolchillmom says

    I still have to incorporate Kale in my diet. I am keeping this handy for when I do
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  11. Kale and sweet potato are two of my favorite wintry foods! This sounds like a salad that's right up my alley.

  12. thelesleyshow says

    Kale is so good for you! I remember when it was just a garnish on my plate in the 80's and 90's. I do a lot of Kale salads, I like the texture that it gives the salad.
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  13. Kellie DeMarsh says

    this recipe looks amazing and kale is such a great protein food. and sweet potatoes are excellent too

  14. kristentoneycampbell says

    Now, I'm not a fan of kale, but this looks REALLY good!

  15. I am a big fan of Kale, it's such a healthy vegetable and very important to eat; also love some sweet potato too! This is a perfect salad idea.
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  16. Sounds healthy & delicious

  17. Wow, that is a powerful lot of ingredients right there. Talk about packing a punch in a small space. It sounds delicious.
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  18. This salad looks so yummy. I am starting to try to incorporate more kale into our diet and this recipe will help.

  19. Yes this is a keeper – I like kale love sweet potatoes – and so enjoy a new salad – I'll be putting this in my recipe docs file – thank you!
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  20. I love me a good kale salad! I love to add fruits to make it slightly sweet

  21. This salad looks really good. I have been trying to eat healthier so this will be perfect.

  22. thedomesticbuzz says

    This recipe sounds delicious! I love everything about it.

  23. Kale is so good for you, I add them in my smoothies. Looks like a nice healthy salad.
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  24. This sounds really delicious, especially with the sweet potatoes added. I love them both so might give this recipe a try. Thank you.
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  25. kathy downey says

    This sounds like a great idea,thanks for sharing

  26. This looks so good and healthy.

  27. Aisha Kristine Chong says

    Kale is wonderful to use in salads! Looks really yummy!
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  28. cottagebunny says

    I love trying new things and kale is on that list.This sounds unique and delicious with the sweet potato and that lovely dressing .Thank you for posting this one.

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