This roasted sweet potato, apple and kale salad features lots of fall flavors thanks to cinnamon and maple roasted sweet potatoes and apples, shredded Brussel sprouts, dried cherries, toasted pumpkin seeds and an apple butter and maple vinaigrette.
Nowadays a kale salad seems like old news. What once was the darling of restaurant menus everywhere is now considered somewhat ordinary, which is actually quite a testament to its enduring appeal and culinary versatility. Kale salads have become a staple in our diets, and with good reason.
Healthy and hearty kale make a great base for all kinds of salads, but especially the ones we turn to in the fall and winter for both holiday and everyday eating. This cinnamon roasted sweet potato, apple and kale salad is just the kind I crave this time of year.
It features all kinds of seasonal favorites like sweet potatoes, apples and Brussels sprouts along with cinnamon, maple and toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s most definitely worthy of a place at your holiday table, but also easy enough for a weekday lunch or dinner.
How to make a good kale salad:
The basic technique for any kale salad (and any Brussels sprout salad) is a good massage. Gently rubbing the leaves in oil or a bit of dressing tenderizes them, making them silky instead of tough and bitter. Here both kale (long Lacinato is my favorite) and Brussel sprouts are finely shredded then quickly rubbed until they start to slump and soften. Once the greens are properly softened you just add your toppings and serve.
For this particular salad, I’ve gone for a combination of sweet potatoes and apples, both roasted with a touch of maple and cinnamon to bring out their inherent sweetness. The cubes of sweet potatoes and apples are simply tossed on a sheet pan and roasted until tender and flavorful.
Meanwhile you whisk together a quick dressing made with apple butter for even more fall flavor, and toast a few pumpkin seeds with a pinch of salt for added crunch.
You can serve the salad warm or at room temperature, either way, it’s sure to be a salad that easily fits into the lunch or dinner rotation for the rest of the season.