Warm Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

Give your salad the PSL makeover, too. This seasonal vegan sweet potato kale salad gets a dose of the season’s favorite spice and everything nice.

This salad fills your house with the most intoxicating pumpkin spice and maple aroma—who needs to burn a pumpkin spice candle when you have this gorgeous recipe? It’s quite possibly the best warm salad to dig into all fall season long. The best part? You get three recipes out of one here. In addition to making this complete salad as a hearty starter or main, both the roasted maple and pumpkin spice sweet potatoes and marinated kale salad make easy side dishes on their own. You’ll want to make extra, because your neighbors are sure to knock on your door, asking where that blissful scent is coming from!

Note: If you are allergic to sesame (or are simply not a fan of tahini), you can omit the tahini from the dressing. Simply increase the amount of maple syrup to 1½ to 2 teaspoons, to your taste.

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Sweet Potato and Kale Salad With Pumpkin Spice

Give your salad the PSL makeover, too. This seasonal sweet potato kale salad gets a dose of spice and everything nice.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword kale, plant-based, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 52 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt, plus more for serving

For the Marinated Kale Salad

  • 1 medium bunch curly kale, stemmed and chopped (6 cups)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely grated on a Microplane
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp runny tahini
  • ½ cup roasted, salted pepitas

Instructions

  • Prepare the Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpeas: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line an extra-large (15 by 21-inch/38 by 53 cm) baking sheet (or two large baking sheets) with parchment paper.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into small 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes (you should have about 5½ cups). Place the drained chickpeas and sweet potato on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and toss until thoroughly coated. Drizzle on 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup and toss again to coat. Spread the sweet potatoes and chickpeas into a single layer on the pan. Sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice and salt all over the sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
  • Roast, uncovered, for 32 to 38 minutes (I roast for 36 minutes), until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender and golden brown on the bottom and the chickpeas are a bit shriveled. I don’t flip them or rotate the pan during baking.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the Marinated Kale Salad: Place the kale in a very large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, oil, maple syrup, salt, lemon juice, and tahini until smooth. Pour the dressing over the kale and massage it into the leaves with your hands until fully coated. Let the kale marinate in the dressing while the sweet potatoes and chickpeas roast.
  • When the chickpeas and sweet potatoes are finished roasting, remove the baking sheet from the oven and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup over them. With a spoon, gently toss to coat. Taste and season with more pumpkin pie spice and salt, if desired (I always do!).
  • Portion the kale into bowls, top with the warm roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas, and garnish with the roasted pepitas. Serve warm.

Reprinted with permission from Oh She Glows for Dinner, by Angela Liddon, Avery 2020.

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