Southwestern Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad - Slender Kitchen

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad

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This Southwestern Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad with a creamy avocado lime dressing makes a delicious and hearty meatless meal.

Lately I have been on a salad kick and been making all kinds of hearty, healthy salads for dinner. I have also been obsessed with avocado dressing made with creamy avocado, yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro. So when I was staring into the pantry trying to plan dinner the other night I decided that kale, spicy sweet potatoes, and quinoa would be the perfect combination. Paired with that creamy avocado dressing - it's one delicious meal. As an added bonus, it my opinion in only gets better after a night in the fridge. The dressing soaks into everything and the flavors get deeper. And don't worry, with all the lime juice, the avocado doesn't brown and since kale is hearty it doesn't get soggy.

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Southwestern Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad

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  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, diced small
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 U avocado
  • 2 U limes, juice
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 U jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2-2.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392
Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 93mg
Total Carbohydrate 60g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Normally this means bringing the quinoa and water (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water) to a boil. The cover and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn off the heat. Let steam for 5 more minutes.Fluff with fork.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat and then add the water. Turn the heat down to medium low heat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until tender, shaking the pan a couple of times.
  3. Meanwhile, blend the avocado, lime juice, yogurt, jalapeno, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper. This will be the dressing for the salad.
  4. Toss together the quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, red onion, and avocado dressing. If desired, massage the kale with a touch of salt before adding it to soften it.
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Southwestern Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad
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