Hee Hee… I’ve been enthusiastically telling my friends and family about your site and book- thank you so much for all your hard work in developing such beautiful, delicious and healthy recipes! Thank you! I omitted the syrup, and put the seeds in with the pesto (toddler can’t eat whole seeds yet). Transfer the kale mixture to a bowl, and cool to room temperature in the refrigerator. Made it exactly as stated and cannot get enough of you. Really delicious :). I like your idea about subbing butternut squash and/or pepitas too. :), …and also, i love how these three recipes directed me to other “similar recipes” on the bottom of each page that might work as well, with very little adaptation! That looks perfect for a plane ride. 10 Mason Jar Salads to Meal Prep This Summer, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated is best but ground will work too). Let me know what you think! I was also tempted to toss in some dried cranberries, too, or substitute pepitas for sunflower seeds, but it’s honestly just right as is. The sweet potatoes and onion bring a caramelized flavor to the dish while the vinegar and thyme “dressing” adds a little tang. You’ll find real food recipes, meal plans & healthy habits. That’s great to hear! Scale 1x 2x 3x Dog lover. Our free email newsletter delivers new recipes and special Cookie + Kate updates! © Cookie and Kate 2010 - 2020. The salad is hearty enough to serve as a main for a light lunch or you could pair it with protein for something more substantial. LOVED IT! I think that my vegetable soups like this quinoa soup could easily be fat free. I’m so glad you both loved this one. Sweet potatoes and kale are the die for combination! Kale and quinoa taste so delicious together! I’ve got most of these ingredients in my kitchen so I’m definitely going to try this fabulous recipe. ★☆ Season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper. ▸ Categories Christmas, dairy free, egg free, fall, gluten free, nut free, recipes, salads, side dishes, soy free, Thanksgiving, tomato free, vegan, winter ▸ Ingredients basil, kale, kale salad, pesto, quinoa, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, Vegetable enthusiast. Great combo of ingredients in this salad! The nutrition information is below the notes section of the recipe. Thank you for sharing!! Your blog first introduced me to quinoa salads last year. Have used lemon juice, this time lime …either a hit! It will be hard to not eat it all before the dinner tomorrow. I just made this for the first time today, and it’s definitely going to be in a steady rotation for my lunches from now on. :). It would help a lot if I could come over and watch you make something. Required fields are marked *, Rate this recipe I absolutely loved this salad. And tonight’s the first night everyone is home for spring break. Please keep up the fabulous work!! Thank you, Kate! Thank you, Susan! It won’t be quite as filling as the quinoa adds fiber and protein, but it could work. Since September is almost over, I thought I’d better hurry up and make it. That looks so, so good. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. The salad I’m sharing today is a bit different. I made this and turned it into a “warm kale, quinoa and sweet potato salad” by sautéing the kale first. Dana, Oh no! Scale 1x 2x 3x I’m exploring the Pittsburgh area today with DeLallo and friends, so I’m signing off early. I followed the recipe as in, with the exception of using pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds because that’s what I had in my pantry. Stir in the kale, cooking until wilted, bright green and tender. He said, “It’s a side dish plus” — high praise from him. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Woo-hoo! I am always in search of new quinoa salad recipes. This should take about 15 minutes. Thanks! I’ve never tried roasting sweet potatoes in my slow cooker but I bet it works wonderfully. But, you could try it. A basil allergy sounds awful. I kept the sunflower seeds out and sprinkled them on top when serving so they don’t get soggy. It still turned out amazingly well and was difficult to stop eating even when I was full. This is an excellent combination! And kale. To prepare the sweet potatoes, transfer them to the prepared baking sheet and toss them with 2 tablespoons olive oil. This salad looks divine! I used a little of the dressing to massage the kale and then to season the quinoa. Definitely going to give this a try! It depends on how thick the store bought is. I am a giant Ina Garten fan and you are the healthier version of her – keep on keeping’ kate. Add the pecans and parsley just before serving. The roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite part — toasty on the outside while still creamy and sweet on the inside. I didn’t have any basil so I made this with a parsley-only pesto. I’m currently in a bit of a kale obsession phase and roasted sweet potatoes in it make it THAT much better! P.S. And then it all gets eaten in 8 mintues! I also love your suggestion of using the mango salsa for flavor!!!! Love that I don’t have to buy a thousand ingredients for amazing dishes. Yes, please! Serve the salad at room temperature or cold. I feel so accomplished when I arrive at the airport with a healthy meal in tow. Sweet potatoes = instantly delicious. Lucky me- I can make this dish over and over! Good luck and hope you feel better soon! I made this tonight and am eating it right now. Absolutely delicious. The flavor combination is delicious! Wonderful!! Just roast the sweet potatoes in your SLOW COOKER! :) just ordered your cookbook. Made this the other night exactly how it was written and we enjoyed it and its a keeper! I find that having a good, sharp chef’s knife makes a world of difference. I’d love a slice of pie. Healthy kale and quinoa power salad with spicy sweet potato, black beans and creamy avocado sauce. This recipe jumped out to me since savory sweet potatoes, kale, quinoa and pesto are a few of my favorite ingredients. My two friends both really enjoyed it. My meat-and-potatoes hubs even enjoyed it. My meat & potato man loved it, going for seconds which is always a sure sign that a vegetarian dish is a winner! I will put this on the list of must-try items. It would be a great light dinner on its own, or a suitable side salad … A delicious and healthy quinoa salad with kale, roasted sweet potatoes and caramelized red onions. This was sooo good!! Sweet potato, kale and quinoa salad with tahini dressing is the perfect healthy winter salad. I just found you on Instagram since we are trying to eat more plant based and I pinned a ton of recipes. This hearty vegan quinoa salad features crisp and tender roasted sweet potato, toasted sunflower seeds and an outrageously flavorful, pesto-inspired dressing. I’m trying to avoid all oils, nuts, seeds and generally trying to have nonfat dairy (or only small amounts of low fat) until this episode subsides. Sounds like you have a busy household with lots of hungry folks in it, Nannie! :) Thanks for another lovely recipe Kate! Transfer to a saucepan, cover with stock, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. I think next time I’ll add plain cooked lentils and a tangy cashew yogurt sauce. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing (and I may just have to buy the book for my vegan sister)! The vinaigrette was to die for! There is something about summer that makes any food other than smoothies and salads just absolutely revolting. Basically everything in this salad looks delish! It’s so yummy that I couldn’t wait to comment. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer. I am definitely making this again. this was incredible! Your recipes never disappoint!! I have a question…I’m temporarily needing to follow a nonfat diet right now due to a current gallbladder attack. I didn’t alter the recipe and fought the temptation to add feta – it was worth it. thanks! The recipe is actually inspired by my cousin, Brooke. That quinoa salad looks amazing.