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California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Gorgeous California roasted sweet potato kale salad with dried cranberries, avocado, sweet & spicy pistachios and a creamy tahini dressing. This vegan sweet potato kale salad is bursting with flavor and easy to customize with additional protein! The perfect veggie-packed lunch or dinner during the week.

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword sweet potato kale salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 330 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water, to thin the dressing
  • For the salad:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium to large sweet potato, cut into ½ inch cubes (or 2 cups cubed sweet potato)
  • 1 bunch of Tuscan kale, stems removed and very finely chopped (or 8-10 cups chopped kale)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 avocado, sliced or diced
  • ½ cup wasabi peas* (or roasted salted chickpeas), for crunch
  • For the sweet and spicy pistachios:
  • ½ cup shelled roasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sprinkle of sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add cubed sweet potatoes onto the pan and drizzle with olive oil; toss well to coat the sweet potatoes in oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tender, flipping halfway through.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: tahini, garlic powder, fresh lemon juice, pure maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and water. I like to start with 2 tablespoons of water, but you may need 3 total tablespoons to achieve a creamy dressing that is easily pourable. You’ll want to be able to coat all of the kale nicely so a thinner dressing is better. Set dressing aside.
  3. Add the finely chopped kale to a large bowl and pour the dressing over. Use a tongs to coat the kale with the dressing; you REALLY want to get it mixed well so toss together for a few minutes to help breakdown the kale. Allow the dressing to sit with the kale for 15 minutes or longer to help the kale marinate with the dressing. Add in your roasted sweet potato cubes, cranberries, avocado and wasabi peas or roasted chickpeas. Give the salad a gentle toss to combine.
  4. Finally make your sweet and spicy pistachios: place pistachio in a skillet over medium heat. Toast nutes for 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently until they turn just slightly golden then turn off heat and immediately add in maple syrup, cayenne pepper and sea salt. Stir for 15 more seconds to coat pistachios, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper to cool for a few minutes. Pistachios may stick together so try to spread them in an even layer when they are cooling. Slightly chop once they’re a little cool and place them on the salad. Enjoy! Salad keeps well for 3-4 days. Serves 4-6

Recipe Notes

Feel free to make this salad heartier by adding chopped chicken breast or chopped bacon. Or both!

For a vegetarian hearty salad option, feel free to add in 1 cup cooked quinoa.

To make paleo: simply omit the wasabi peas.

Nutrition Facts
California Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 6))
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.3g28%
Saturated Fat 2.6g16%
Carbohydrates 40.1g13%
Fiber 9.3g39%
Sugar 14.6g16%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.