Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

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This Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect salad to start the New Year with!  Eat it for lunch and you'll have energy all day!  Packed with healthy and delicious ingredients, including: sweet potato, chickpeas, almonds, avocado, cranberries and red onion!

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Well, the holidays are officially over now.  Part of me is a little sad because that means it is almost 365 days until I get to put the Christmas tree up again (and not be frowned upon :) )  But, the other part of me is a little relieved.  It’s now 2016 and it’s all about healthy eating and taking care of yourself: two things I enjoy doing and always strive to better at.

And, I’ve got the perfect recipe to kick off 2016 with!  So, if you’re one of those people who overindulge around the holidays and are looking for something a little bit healthier to start the New Year with, or if you are one of those people who is super disciplined and isn’t shaken at all by the huge tables of holiday goodies that seem to be everywhere (teach me your ways!) look no further, this Chopped Kale Power Salad is for you!

This Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect salad to start the New Year with!  Eat it for lunch and you'll have energy all day!  Packed with healthy and delicious ingredients, including: sweet potato, chickpeas, almonds, avocado, cranberries and red onion!

This kale salad checks off all my ‘perfect salad’ requirements.  It is healthy, check!  It is pretty to look at, check!  It contains roasted sweet potatoes and avocados, check!  It is dressed with a creamy tahini dressing, check!  We went to quite a few holiday and New Year’s parties recently and this salad become my go-to potluck dish.  It’s easy to throw together and is great for transporting.  Although the holidays are now over I couldn’t help but share my favorite new salad recipe with you all!  I’m certain you will find that it is a great addition to your lunch menu :) 

Another thing I love to have in my salads is a crunchy element.  While they do sell gluten free croutons these days, I think crunchy nuts are the perfect addition to a salad.  Not only do they add a great unique flavor but they are also much more nutritious than croutons.  For this salad, I used the low sodium, lightly salted Blue Diamond Almonds and they were perfect!  I don’t like to use nuts that are too salty in my salads but a little salt adds just the right touch!

I hope you all had wonderful holidays and that your 2016 is off to a great start!

 

4.8 from 5 reviews
Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (you should get about 5-6 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¾ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch of curly kale, washed, stem removed and chopped (you should get 7-8 cups)
  • Juice of ½ a large lemon
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and diced
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup chopped Blue Diamond Almonds, Low Sodium & Lightly Salted
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
Lemon Tahini Dressing:
  • ½ cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3-6 tablespoons warm water, depending on how thick you want the dressing
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. On a large sheet pan, toss together the diced sweet potato with 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Bake sweet potato until fork tender, 35-40 minutes, flipping once.
  2. Prepare the kale while the sweet potatoes are baking. Add the chopped kale to a large bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil, juice of ½ a large lemon and a heaping ¼ teaspoon salt. Use your hands to massage the kale and make sure everything is mixed together, about 1 minute. Set kale aside until sweet potatoes are finished baking.
  3. Make the dressing by adding all ingredients to a bowl and whisking until a creamy dressing is formed. Add the water slowly until desired consistency is reached.
  4. There are two ways you can assemble the salad: You can add all ingredients to the bowl with the kale and mix until combined. Add desired amount of dressing to each individual serving. Or, you can add the kale mixture to separate bowls and evenly top with remaining ingredients.
Notes
*If making a big batch for a party or for packed lunches it works best to mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. If having people over for lunch and serving them individually it might work better to evenly distribute the kale and then top with remaining ingredients.
*I would recommend always leaving the dressing separate and adding it on just before eating. This salad will keep well in the refrigerator for about 5 days.

 

This Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect salad to start the New Year with!  Eat it for lunch and you'll have energy all day!  Packed with healthy and delicious ingredients, including: sweet potato, chickpeas, almonds, avocado, cranberries and red onion! This Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect salad to start the New Year with!  Eat it for lunch and you'll have energy all day!  Packed with healthy and delicious ingredients, including: sweet potato, chickpeas, almonds, avocado, cranberries and red onion! This Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect salad to start the New Year with!  Eat it for lunch and you'll have energy all day!  Packed with healthy and delicious ingredients, including: sweet potato, chickpeas, almonds, avocado, cranberries and red onion!

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  1. says

    I’m sad that the holidays are over but happy that I can get back on track with my eating habits! I feel like I’ve eaten ALL the sweets this season! This kale power salad looks delicious, Izzy! I love the pretty colors, too. Just the thing I need to give my diet a healthy kick!

    • She Likes Food says

      Me too, Gayle! I just can’t stay away from all those goodies! I’m in need of a month long salad diet, haha!

  2. says

    I’m SO ready for all things salad again and this kale salad is exactly what I want in my lunch life today! Roasted sweet potatoes are my favorite in salads and I just love all the healthy goodies you loaded into this gorgeous salad, Izzy! WANT!

    • She Likes Food says

      Me too, Sarah!! We need to get together and have a salad potluck! I’ll bring my roasted sweet potato salad and you can bring your roasted beet salad!

  3. says

    What a way to kick off the new year! This salad is pure perfection…I’m loving all the crunch and the variety. Sweet potatoes are soooo tasty in salad and that tahini dressing sounds marvelous! Bravo!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Julia! I could eat sweet potatoes and tahini all day long! I hope you are having a great New Year so far! :)

  4. says

    Now that is a power salad! I don’t get super excited about salads very often, but I can get excited about this one, it looks incredible! And I am totally with you on the mixed feels about the holidays being over. I’m sad to see it go, but I am kind of looking forward to routine and some healthier eating now. Happy New Year Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, thank you, Meghan! I’m glad to get back to my regular routines and eating habits as well! I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

  5. says

    Christmas was so crazy busy around here, I’m secretly glad it is over. Ready for a new year and getting back to non holiday routine. I just love how pretty your salad is, and all those flavors sound perfect together. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

    • She Likes Food says

      It is such a busy season! I guess it is good that it doesn’t last too long! Thank you so much, Sherri! Wishing you a wonderful 2016 as well :)

  6. says

    Happy New Year, Izzy, and this salad will surely get me off to a healthy start! I love kale salads, and this is packed with so many delicious ingredients!

  7. says

    Love everything about this salad, Izzy. It is definitely a power salad – a perfect combo of crunch, smooth, salty and the lemon tahini dressing sounds delicious. I never use tahini in my salad dressings but that is going to half to change! Happy New Year to you – here’s to a healthy and happy new year!

  8. says

    This may be healthier but it also looks incredibly hearty and full of flavor. I love that you added dried cranberries for a little chew and sweet. Our holidays went by too quickly too – but I hope you’re having a nice start to the New Year Izzy!

  9. CJ says

    That salad looks amazing! Thanks! I plan to make it tonight. I recently made the switch from vegetarian to vegan, so I appreciate your recipes.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Pat, I’m sorry but I do not have any nutritional information for the recipe at this time. I think there are websites you can type the recipe into though and they will give you the nutritional information.

  10. Michele says

    This salad was DELICIOUS and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!! I added quinoa for some extra protein. Loved the lemon tahini dressing….so flavorful. 5 stars!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Michele! I’m so glad to hear that you liked it!! I thought about adding some quinoa to mine too, I bet it was really good! I’ve been putting the dressing on everything lately! Thank you so much for the kind words! :)

  11. says

    Happy New Year, Izzy! I’m in denial about the end of Christmas too…we’ve still got our tree up 😉

    This is such a beautiful, colorful salad! You can’t go wrong with avocado, sweet potato, and tahini. What a perfect way to start off the year!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Virginia, Unfortunately I don’t have a nutrition counter on my site at this time (I’m working on getting one) but I think there are other sites you could put the ingredients in and it will figure it out for you. Sorry about that!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Erin!! I really wanted to add feta to mine too but I’m pregnant and paranoid about eating it! I bet it tasted so good though!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Danielle,

      Unfortunately I just haven’t gotten around to calculating the nutritional information for these bowls, but there are some websites out there that you can use to calculate it. Hope that helps!

  12. says

    I made this salad last week and absolutely LOVED it. Shared it with a bunch of women at the gym. This is such a tasty salad and gives you so much energy. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Whitney says

    I made this salad a couple days ago and I’m loving it! I divided it into 4 servings to take for lunch. I used quinoa instead of the beans and dried blueberries instead of cranberries. It was delicious enough that I didn’t need the sauce, but I’ll have to try that another time. Thank you so much for this!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you for the kind words, Whitney! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love the use of the dried blueberries, they’re some of my favorites!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Danielle, I don’t currently have the nutritional information for it, but I know there are a few sites you can use to input all the ingredients if you would like to figure it out. My Fitness Pal is one of them. Hope that helps :)

  14. Sarah-Joy says

    Just made this salad after being sick for weeks. It’s SO refreshing, savory, a touch of sweet and has the perfect amount of crunch! Idk if it helps with detox but I definitely feel more revived, energetic, and clean lol I can honestly just eat the massaged kale by itself (I’ve tried it before but you’ve got the perfect ratio down pact!) thanks for this delicious recipe, this is definitely going to be a staple of mine nown💗

    • She Likes Food says

      That is so nice to hear, Sarah-Joy! I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it made you feel better! Good to hear you are feeling better! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m so glad you like it, Alexandra! I agree, I love making a big batch and eating it for lunch each day! Thanks so much for the kind words :)

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