Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing (2024)

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Sweet potato, kale and quinoa salad with tahini dressing is the perfect healthy winter salad.

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Obviously we all know that this is the time of year where salads areeverywhere. And it makes sense. I definitelyindulgedover the holidays and have been craving a bit of a reset of sorts. Unfortunately for me, recipe testing means that I’m actually not working on healthy recipes right now (this salad was mademonthsago). But, it’s definitely inspiring me to make it again–mostly for the delicious vegan tahini dressing.

There are some things that justwork, andkale and sweet potatoesare one of those combinations. It’s like dates and blue cheese, or sea salt and chocolate. For this salad, I took my favourite healthy pairing and added a bit of quinoa, then tossed it with a simple tahini dressing that I’ve been making for years. This salad is basicallythree ingredients plus a quick dressing.

I know a lot of people make ‘healthy eating’ resolutions, and if you’re one of them, I have a ton of healthy recipes that will fit the bill.

I’m not one of those people who makes healthy eating a resolution, but I’m happy to report that we’re 11 days into 2018 and I think I’m doing a pretty good job of being more present (my 2018 resolution which you can read more about here). I’ve also been able to make some serious headway on some big projects for 2018 that I amsoexcited to bring to you here.

While the ingredients list is short, there are a few steps when it comes to making this salad. First I like tostart on roasting the sweet potatoes and cooking the quinoa. The sweet potatoes are cubed and tossed with a little salt and pepper then roasted in a super hot oven at 450F. I always keep the peel on when I’m roasting sweet potatoes because a) I’m kind of lazy and b) I like the texture. But if you’re not a fan, you can definitely peel them (but really, why would you?).

Once the sweet potatoes and quinoa are cooked, I’ll toss the warm ingredients with the kale to soften it a tiny bit. I actually don’t mind raw kale at all, especially when it’s served with the sweet potatoes and creamy maple tahini salad dressing.

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Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

Author: Louisa Clements

5 from 9 votes

Roasted sweet potatoes, kale and quinoa combine into a delicious and hearty grain salad. Tossed in a tahini dressing, this is a great salad for meal prepping for lunches throughout the week.


Prep: 15 minutes minutes

Cook: 20 minutes minutes

Total: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked to package directions
  • 3 cups finely chopped kale

For dressing:

  • 3 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 450F.

  • Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dump onto a baking sheet, in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes, toss sweet potatoes, and roast for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside

  • Toss cooked sweet potatoes with cooked quinoa and kale.

  • In a small bowl, whisk tahini with lemon juice, garlic, water and maple syrup. If the dressing seems too thick, add more water, a teaspoon at a time until it has reached the desired consistency.

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  1. Elizabeth Dibble

    Is this really over 1000 calories per serving? I cannot believe there is that much fat in this dish, 42 grams?


    • Louisa Clements

      Hi Elizabeth, that was definitely wrong! I've updated with a more accurate estimate. I hope you enjoy!


  2. Sue

    ***** This salad was delicious! I added roasted yellow beets, broccoli and chick peas, and made a little extra dressing. Definitely will be in my rotation! Thanks for sharing!


    • Louisa Clements

      Thank you Sue! Your additions sound delicious, I will have to give your version a try!


    • Louisa Clements

      So glad you enjoy this recipe, Erin! Thanks for letting me know.


  3. Kathy

    This sounds amazing! I'm trying to eat food with more calcium and kale and tahini are two I try to use every day. I've never tried kale with sweet potatoes and the tahini I usually just add lemon but the maple syrup sounds so good.Thanks so much for this recipe Lou!

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    • Louisa Clements

      Thanks Kathy! I hope you enjoyed it! :)


  4. Emily A. Francis

    I made this dish tonight and it was lovely! I made a few tweaks to it. I did a little olive oil, honey and lemon juice over the kale and massaged it to soften. I also added a few slices of pineapple to the salad and it paired great. It was a delicious meal and sits so happy! Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner experience with my family!

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    • Lou

      That sounds delicious Emily, thank you for letting me know. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!


      • Emily Francis

        And I'm making it again today. I'm do grateful for your beautiful and simple recipe!!

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  5. Brennan

    Forgot to leave a rating, the first time. :)

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  6. Brennan

    We like this recipe a lot. It works well as a warm salad the night you make it—and a cold one as leftovers the next day.Thanks!


    • Lou

      Thanks Brennan, so glad that you enjoyed it! :)


  7. Helen Dube

    Just wondering if this salad is to be eaten warm or cold?

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    • Lou

      Hi Helen, it can be eaten both warm or cold. Personally I like to eat it cold. :)


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