Apple, Sweet Potato and Kale Quinoa Salad

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Kale

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This Kale Quinoa Salad is the ultimate Fall salad! Packed with massaged kale, cooked quinoa, diced apples, roasted sweet potatoes, pistachios, and the perfect maple balsamic dressing; it’s an Autumn salad everyone will love!


  • 1 cup cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups shredded kale (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, raw and de-shelled
  • 1 apple, diced

Maple Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Pinch fine sea salt


  1. Make quinoa as directed on package, and set aside to cool.
  2. Make a batch of cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes and set aside:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees and position oven rack to the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place sweet potatoes on parchment paper and drizzle with oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. Toss to make sure all sweet potatoes are evenly coated. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, giving them a quick flip halfway through, until sweet potatoes are fully cooked, fork tender, and have a rich color!
  3. Massage kale for 1-2 minutes with olive oil,  lemon juice and salt.
  4. Add all your dressing ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Don’t over blend! Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the salad: Add massaged kale, sweet potatoes, quinoa, apples, pistachios to your bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of dressing over salad, adding more as desired. Serve immediately.


  • Customize it with other add-ins/toppings:
  • Avocado
  • Black Beans
  • Dried Cranberries or Dried Cherries
  • Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
  • Other Nuts of Choice (toasted or not): Slivered Almonds, Sliced Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, you name it!

Add cheese: A cheese would work so well as a salty component to this kale quinoa salad. Leave cheese out to keep this kale quinoa salad vegan and dairy-free.

  • Feta Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Manchego Cheese

Add a protein:


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