This Quinoa Kale Salad with Sweet Potato is made with 6 simple ingredients that when combined together create the most delicious salad! This salad is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Quinoa and kale salad with sweet potatoes and cranberries in a bowl with a spoon

A Quinoa and Kale Salad with 6 ingredients

This recipe for Quinoa and Kale salad Sweet Potato features 6 main ingredients that all complement each other perfectly. These ingredients are:

  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Sweet potato
  • Walnuts
  • Dried Cranberries

The salad is then topped off with a simple lemon vinaigrette that is not too heavy and gives just the right amount of flavour to the salad. This salad would also be delicious with some green goddess vinaigrette if you prefer.

This recipe is healthy, vegan, gluten-free and is perfect for a side dish or for lunch.

How healthy is this quinoa salad?

Some quinoa salads can end up being not so healthy because they’re loaded with tons of dressing or unhealthy additions.

This quinoa salad I would say is 100% a healthy quinoa salad. This salad is made with simple, clean ingredients and even uses unsweetened dried cranberries. (Which I recommend to keep the sugar content low in this salad.)

How to make this recipe

Start by preparing the sweet potato by roasting it in the oven. While the potato cooks, you can prepare the dressing and cook the quinoa.

Kale, quinoa, sweet potato, walnuts, cranberries and salad dressing in bowls on a marble baord

Next mix all the salad ingredients together in a mixing bowl to combine and top with the dressing.

Do I need to massage the kale?

Nope! Some kale salads will recommend massaging the kale with your hands before adding it to the salad, which helps to make the kale leaves more tender.

But for this recipe, there is no need. When the dressing gets mixed into the salad along with the warm sweet potato, the kale leaves automatically becomes tender.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Try cooking your quinoa in some veggie broth for extra flavour. This is one of my favourite ways to create a flavourful quinoa salad.
  • Cut the sweet potato into small cubes. They’ll be easier to eat in the salad if they are in bite-sized pieces.
  • If you want the salad to store well in the fridge, keep the dressing separate from the salad and only dress the salad when you serve it. If you dress the entire salad, it will keep well for about 2 days. If you leave the dressing separately, the salad will last 5 days in the fridge.

More quinoa salads to try

A bowl of quinoa kale salad with sweet potatoes in a white bowl with a napkin on the side

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Quinoa and kale salad with sweet potatoes and cranberries in a bowl with a spoon

Quinoa Kale Salad with Sweet Potato

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Quinoa Kale Salad with Sweet Potato is made with 6 simple ingredients that when combined together create the most delicious salad! 


Scale

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked (1 cup uncooked) 
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries 

Dressing 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Roast the sweet potato: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the sweet potato with the olive oil then spread onto the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked. 
  2. Make the dressing: Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or jar. 
  3. Make the salad: Mix all the salad ingredients together in a large mixing bowl pour the dressing, starting with half of it, onto the salad and mix together. Add more dressing to your desired taste and season with salt and pepper.

Notes

Try cooking your quinoa in some veggie broth for extra flavour. This is one of my favourite ways to create a flavourful quinoa salad.

Cut the sweet potato into small cubes. They’ll be easier to eat in the salad if they are in bite-sized pieces.

If you want the salad to store well in the fridge, keep the dressing separate from the salad and only dress the salad when you serve it. If you dress the entire salad, it will keep well for about 2 days. If you leave the dressing separately, the salad will last 5 days in the fridge.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6th recipe
  • Calories: 239
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 7g

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