kale and sweet potato salad

Kale and sweet potato salad

  • Author: Craig
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Salad


This recipe is adapted from something I saw on Pinterest, but forgot to tag the recipe so had to go from memory. It serves two, but is easily scalable, depending how many you need it for. It takes just under an hour to make, but the hands-on time is about 10-15 minutes.


2 large handful of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
200g chickpeas (a small can)
1 medium sweet potato (about 500g)
1 tsp cayenne pepper (you could also add smoked paprika, with a squirt of lime juice)
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
100 ml of salad dressing


If you’re making salad dressing, do this first – put 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a jar with 2 tbsp of cider vinegar, 1 tsp of dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and a couple of twists of black pepper. Seal the jar and shake to combine. There are fancier dressings out there, but this is my favourite.

Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC. Peel your sweet potato and cut into cubes about 2cm². Put into a bowl and add in your chickpeas (pre-drained). Add in the cayenne pepper and olive oil, mix it all together and then tip into a baking tray. Roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, until the sweet potato is cooked.

About five minutes before your sweet potato is done, shred your kale into more manageable chunks that you can eat with a fork without twisting. In a bowl add the kale and about half of the dressing. Get your hands in there and start massaging the kale. After a few minutes it should start to feel more tender and should start to release more fragrance.

Once the sweet potato and chickpeas are done, use tongs to move to on top of your kale (try not to get too much oil with them), top with the pumpkin seeds and drizzle over the remaining dressing as desired. Serve immediately.