Healthy Recipe: Warm Kale & Sweet Potato Salad

Healthy recipe for a warm kale and sweet potato salad

Warm Kale & Sweet Potato Salad

Recipe by Ivy Manning | Photo by Erin Kunkel

Who said that salad can’t be cozy and comforting? Even in the heart of winter, you’ll crave this satisfying combo of roasted sweet potatoes and crispy kale, dressed with a zip of citrus. Kale chip lovers, this one’s for you!


3 sweet potatoes (about 1½ lb/750 g total), peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks
6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small bunch lacinato kale (about 8 small leaves)
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup (1 oz/30 g) shelled pistachios, roasted, unsalted
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese


Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment. Mound the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Add the garlic, olive oil, coriander, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of pepper and toss to combine. Arrange in an even layer and roast until the sweet potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, remove and discard the ribs from the kale and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. (You should have about 5 cups/5 oz/155 g torn kale leaves.) When the sweet potato is ready, transfer the roasted garlic to a cutting board. Add the kale to the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet, and toss and rub to coat the leaves with some of the oil from the pan. Return the pan to the oven and roast, stirring once, until the kale is crisped on the edges, 10 minutes longer.

Squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins, discard the skins, and chop the garlic. Place the chopped garlic in a small bowl. Add the orange zest and juice and the vinegar and stir to combine.

Place the salad on a large serving platter and drizzle with the orange dressing. Sprinkle with the pistachios, dab the goat cheese over the top, and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 243
Protein 7 g
Total fat 13 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Carbs 28 g
Fiber 5 g
Total sugars 6 g
Added sugars 0 g
Sodium 390 mg

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