Sorghum, Sweet Potato & White Bean Salad with Kale Pesto

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Some of you may remember that time I ranted on and on about how I couldn’t find sorghum anywhere.  Well, since that post, I’ve been searching and searching and I still haven’t been able to find it at any store.  So, I finally had to take matters into my own hands.  If you know me, you might have an idea where I am going with this, I finally went to Amazon (my favorite place ever) and I ordered myself some!

Amazon pretty much has everything under the sun for sale, and sure enough, I found my coveted sorghum for only a few dollars!  And of course a salad is the first thing I’m going to make with it.  Sorghum is a gluten free grain that kind of reminds me of Israeli cous cous or wheat berries.  It does take a little time to cook, about 50 minutes, but it is a great grain to add to your pantry.   It is a really great source of fiber, with 8 grams per serving, and it’s also a great way to add some whole grains to your diet.  I’m also really looking forward to making some popped sorghum since as much as I love popcorn, it doesn’t always agree with my stomach.

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 Sorghum has a slightly chewy texture that is perfect for making hearty salads.  I was eating salad non-stop all throughout summer and lately I feel like I’ve been neglecting it a bit.  But, one thing I haven’t been neglecting this season is the sweet potato.  I’m kind of sorry for posting three sweet potato recipes in a row, but not really!  Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients to use and they go so well with so many flavors.  They are also super healthy for you so it is a good idea that you load up on them!  They are packed with tons of vitamins, B, C, and D to name a few, and they are very versatile.  More on my love of sweet potatoes in an upcoming post!

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One of my favorite dishes to make is basically a big bowl of healthy, tasty goodness!  I like to add some type of grain, a legume, and lots of vegetables.  I usually make a big batch of one of these said bowls and take it for lunch the entire week.  They are really filling and they keep well in the refrigerator for a few days.  I added all of my fall favorites to this delicious bowl: sorghum, sweet potatoes, white beans, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and the star of the dish: the kale pesto.

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that I had a bunch of kale in the bottom drawer that was on its last legs.  I threw the kale in the food processor with some nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and this pesto was born!  It is so easy to make and the perfect way to get some more kale into your diet.  Ever since, I’ve been dreaming of ways to use it and I think I hear a pizza calling my name next!


Sorghum, Sweet Potato & White Bean Salad with Kale Pesto

  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Entree, Salad, Gluten Free


  • 1 cup dried Sorghum
  • 1-15 ounce can of white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 handful dried cranberries
  • 1 handful toasted walnuts
  • 3-4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lemon slices for squeezing over, if desired

Kale Pesto:

  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, or 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cook sorghum according to package directions. Let cool for a few minutes when finished cooking.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the peeled and cubed sweet potatoes on a large backing sheet and drizzle with a little bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and place into the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until fork tender.
  3. Make the kale pesto by adding all of the ingredients to a food processor and processing for about 30 seconds, or until everything is mixed together and a pesto spread is formed.
  4. Add the sorghum, white beans, sweet potatoes, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and kale pesto to a large bowl and mix until everything is combined. Season with salt to taste.


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Eric built this fort for Cheeto and he has been enjoying it for days!

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  1. says

    I’m glad Amazon came to the rescue for you, Izzy! I’ve never actually had sorghum before, but from how you describe it, it’s a dish that I need to try. I’m loving the flavors in this salad! Especially that kale pesto. Gives it such great flavor and a pretty color, too!

    • She Likes Food says

      Amazon never lets me down, haha! I think you would really like it, it is one of my new favorites! The kale pesto is my new obsession and I want to put it on everything :)

  2. says

    Okay, I am not going to lie, before reading this post I had no idea what Sorghum even was – now since seeing your photos I am seriously craving it! That salad and that kale pesto look absolutely amazing, Izzy! I was sooo into pesto in my salads this summer and need to get back into it after seeing this post apparently :) Gorgeous photos as always! Pinned!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I had never heard of it either until I saw it on Cookie and Kate! This was the first time I made it, but it is my new favorite! And so easy to get since you can just order it off Amazon :) I think that kale pesto is going to be my new winter obsession! Thanks so much, Ceara!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Katie! It takes a little while to cook, but is so worth it! I am happy to add a new grain to my pantry! I think you would love it, Katie :)

  3. says

    So you’re the only blogger who works with sorghum that’s on my radar (and I read a lot of food blogs, haha) And I remember your last post about sorghum and was intrigued then. But it just may be time to order some myself….and Amazon…sign…so easy. I mean, that’s how I order all our Halloween costumes (or Hallowein-er as we owners of Dachshunds refer to it =) I love whole grains and am always subbing out the “white” options for the more fiber option. Your photos, stunningly beautiful as always……and the cat, well, that just goes without saying.

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I wasn’t really familiar with it either, but then I saw it on Cookie and Kate and I just had to have some for myself! And it is so easy to get when you can just order it and it is there the next day! Do you guys dress up your dogs for Halloween?! I bought some costumes for Cheeto, but he isn’t really into them, haha! Thank you so much, Laura :)

      • says

        Oh Izzy, I’m so embarrassed, I have over 30 costumes for the dogs!! I’m the first gal to Target in Sept. to look over the selection, and order on Amazon when I need too. This year, I think Weiner is going to be a cop and Benji maybe a Bride? The neighbors love it =)

  4. says

    This salad is absolutely GORGEOUS. Wow, what a combo of flavors you used! I’m kinda dying over how awesome that kale pesto looks—pinning this beauty! 😉

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Sarah!! The kale pesto is amazing and you will want to put it on everything! Thanks for pinning :)

  5. says

    Izzy, I’ll admit, I’ve never tried sorghum, but I am intrigued! And your delicious salad makes it all the easier to for me to head on over to Amazon and put it in my shopping cart… (along with Grits! One cannot find those up here in the Pacific Northwest!). The addition of goat cheese sounds delicious with the sweet potatoes! Lovely, creative recipe, Izzy! Have a wonderful week!

    • She Likes Food says

      Traci! You just need to add it to your amazon list, haha! Isn’t it awesome that Amazon sells food?! Awesome and dangerous, haha! I love that we share an Amazon shopping addiction! The goat cheese really makes this salad awesome! I hope you have a great week too :)

    • She Likes Food says

      You will really love sorghum then! It is my new favorite grain to use and it is also so good for you! I’ve read that you can pop it like popcorn and I can’t wait to try it that way :)

  6. says

    YUM!!! These are all of my favorite things, too. This dish looks so perfectly healthy and delicious. I have yet to use whole sorghum on its own, but that will change when I make this, hopefully soon. Thank you for sharing! Also, how genius to use nutritional yeast in pesto in place of Parmesan. I love that stuff. (Also orange cat forts!!)

    • She Likes Food says

      My favorite things too, Alanna!! This is the first time I’ve used sorghum, but I’m really looking forward to using it in different ways, especially popped! I put nutritional yeast on everything too :) Aren’t cat forts the best ever?!! I think Cheeto would live in one if we let him!

  7. says

    I’ve never had sorghum before! You have totally inspired me to try it. I’m going to keep an eye out for it at my grocery store, but if they don’t have it, I’m definitely turning to Amazon. I order dried herbs from them all the time in bulk, so cheap!

  8. says

    This looks so good! I’ve never tried sorghum before, but now I’m on a mission to hunt some down! We’re so lucky to live in the time of Amazon where pretty much everything is just a click away, aren’t we? I happen to have some kale pesto in the freezer, so this would be the perfect thing to do with it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Katie! It is so good, I hope you can find some! But if not, there is always Amazon :) So Lucky and spoiled, haha!

  9. says

    I’ve never heard of sorghum before?! It looks so yummy! It reminds me of barley a bit. This salad looks delicious however, I am officially craving something I’ve never even tasted before! Pinned. Have a great week Isadora! <3

    • She Likes Food says

      It kinda reminds me of barley too! Haha, you will crave it even more after you taste it! I hope you have have a great week too, Tash! :)

  10. says

    I’m always looking for new ideas for salad…this is as new as anything I’ve seen lately! I’ve not used sorghum either…I must try this!

    • She Likes Food says

      I eat so many salads that I’m always looking for new ideas too! You should definitely find some and make this salad asap, Annie! Thanks for stopping by :)

  11. says

    Yay, I’m so glad you finally found sorghum :) I’ve only ever tried it once too and love this fresh and creative salad you used it in. The kale pesto sounds awesome and keep bringing those sweet potato recipes because I can never get tired of seeing them :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Kelly! Me too! I’m so glad you love sweet potatoes too! I just bought a bunch more and can’t stop thinking of recipes for them :)

  12. says

    This looks so great! I have never tried sorghum, although I already have some in my pantry, but I didn’t feel brave enough to try it out. I think I will first try it this way, this kale pesto sounds so yummy :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Evi! You should totally try it out! It look a white to cook, but was totally worth it! I hope you enjoy it :)

  13. says

    I have never had sorghum before, but it looks like something I would enjoy as I love grains, and I like adding them to my salads for more texture and to keep me full for longer. And, Amazon is the best, and my fave place ever (after whole foods lol).

    • She Likes Food says

      You would definitely enjoy it, Catalina! I’m excited to have a new grain to cook with! Haha, I rarely allow myself to go to whole foods because I know I will spend wayyyy too much money!

  14. says

    You can’t ever have too many sweet potato recipes! I’ve never tried sorghum but it looks wonderful in this salad.

  15. says

    Isadora, this salad is BEAUTIFUL, and I want to just dive into that bowl! I love sorghum, and all of these ingredients are so wonderful! Pinning. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Marcie!! I’ve been eating it for lunch all week and am sad that I only have about two lunches worth left! I guess I’ll just have to make more :) Thanks for pinning!

  16. says

    I have been wanting to try sorghum for the longest time but can never find it. I should just order it online like you did! This salad sounds completely delicious! Love that kale pesto!

    • She Likes Food says

      You should definitely go to Amazon and buy it! I think it was only about 4 bucks and totally worth it! Thanks, Ashley! I’m all about the kale pesto these days too :)

  17. says

    I tried sorghum once, but I think I didn’t cook it enough. Time to try again! Love the sound of this salad. You had me at sweet potato and kale pesto!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yes, try it again! I’m gonna try it popped next and I can’t wait! Aren’t sweet potatoes and kale the perfect match?!

    • She Likes Food says

      I think you would love it, Nicole! It is really hearty and filling and has great texture! I’m experimenting with toasting and popping it right now :)

    • She Likes Food says

      I had never heard of the grain either until a few months ago! It is so good and can be used in pretty much anyway you would use other grains like quinoa and rice. I think you will love it, Leah :)

  18. says

    Oops you’ve done it again, Izzy! You’ve made me crave a recipe that I don’t yet have the ingredients for:-( But this recipe looks so tasty, it’s worth it to stare and risk unsatisfied tummy rumbles! I’ve never heard of Sorghum before, but you’ve piqued my interest! Regardless of whether I can get my hands on that grain or not, I look forward to trying out this kale pesto in the near future !
    (Also, Cheeto’s cameo NEARLY stole the whole show! He’s so stinking cute!)

    • She Likes Food says

      You must try Sorghum, Dulcie! This was the first time I tried it and I fell in love! It has a great texture and is really filling. It is also nice to add a new grain to the pantry to mix things up! I still can’t find it in any store, but it is super affordable on Amazon! You will also love the kale pesto! I have some big plans for more kale pesto in the near future that involves pizza and butternut squash :) Haha, Cheeto says hi!!


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