Winter Kale & Quinoa Salad with Avocado

Winter Kale & Quinoa Salad with Avocado

0 Reviews
From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2020

Precooked quinoa helps keep this healthy salad recipe quick and simple. Loaded with black beans, kale, and avocado, this recipe is as filling as it is nutritious. You can also make the sweet potatoes and dressing ahead.

Ingredients 2 servings

for serving adjustment
Serving size has been adjusted!
Original recipe yields 2 servings
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces (1½ cups)
  • 2½ teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (see Associated Recipes)
  • ¾ cup no-salt-added canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1½ cups chopped baby kale
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (see Tip)
  • 1 scallion, chopped


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss sweet potato and 1 tsp. oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1½ tsp. oil, avocado, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and 1 Tbsp. water in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. water, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
  4. Combine the sweet potato, quinoa, black beans, and kale in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the avocado dressing and gently toss to coat. Top with pepitas and scallion.
  • Tip: Pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) can be found in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods stores and Mexican groceries.
  • To make ahead: Prepare sweet potato (Steps 1-2) and dressing (Step 3). Refrigerate separately for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups salad + 3 Tbsp. dressing
  • Per serving: 439 calories; 20 g fat(3 g sat); 14 g fiber; 54 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 114 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 10,581 IU vitamin A; 25 mg vitamin C; 121 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 253 mg sodium; 994 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (212% daily value), Vitamin C (42% dv), Folate (28% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 0