Hardy kale salad tossed with spicy roasted sweet potatoes and apples, topped with pepitas, tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette.

kale and sweet potato salad

Yesterday I posted my recipe for Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes as part of my Gifts From The Kitchen series that included a gift idea of a spice rub. The Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are great as a stand alone side dish for dinner, but the leftovers are fantastic warmed up and tossed into a kale salad for lunch the following day.


Kale and Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

     by Susan Pridmore


Kale and Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

  • 1 bunch kale (I used dinosaur kale, but curly kale will work great too)
  • Generous pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 crisp apple, cored and sliced (I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 slices bacon (optional)

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch each of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


Kale and Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

Remove the central vein from the kale leaves and discard; slice the kale into thick ribbons, and wash and dry well. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the kale and massage the leaves until you can feel them relax. They’ll become limp and moist. Squeeze the excess moisture out with a paper towel.

Slice the bacon slices across their width into 1/2″ short slices; these are lardons. Fry until crisp, and drain.

Combine the kale, Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes, bacon lardons and apple slices together and toss in a vinaigrette. I suggest the below Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Whisk the salt and pepper into the apple cider vinegar a few times to dissolve the salt.

Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

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11 Responses to “Kale-Sweet Potato Salad & Cider Dressing” Subscribe

  1. lizthechef November 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Kale salads are my newest craze – love your vinaigrette too!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian November 19, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks Liz! I agree – I can eat kale salad almost every day and never get sick of them :-)

  2. Holly November 19, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I love and triple love kale! This looks amazing…making this ASAP! xox

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian November 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks so much Holly! As you know, I have a big love affair with kale too – more kale dishes on the way :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Karen @ My Pantry Shelf November 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    This looks delicious. I love kale and tossing it with the apple cider dressing and crunchy pepitas sounds like a delightful combo. Thank you for the recipe!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks Karen!It’s my new favorite salad – in fact i”m making it again today! I hope you like it if you try it too.

  4. Bevi November 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I completely agree with you and Liz – kale salads are just the best! And this is a great one!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      I crave kale salads in the winter when the flavor of kale is at it’s best! More kale salads on the way!

  5. Hannah November 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I can’t resist kale and I love your combination here with sweet potatoes. I look forward to more of your kale salad posts!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian November 23, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks Hannah! I’m adding this to my Thanksgiving table this year for a healthier take on sweet potatoes; although I must add that I will miss my candied yams with marshmallows…have I mentioned I hate being on a diet?


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