Winter Kale & Quinoa Salad with Avocado

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.

Winter Kale & Quinoa Salad with Avocado
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 servings


  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 ½ teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1-2 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (see Associated Recipes)

  • ¾ cup no-salt-added canned black beans, rinsed

  • 1 ½ cups chopped baby kale

  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (see Tip)

  • 1 scallion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 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 1 1/2 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.


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.

Associated Recipe

Basic Quinoa

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
20g Fat
54g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups salad + 3 Tbsp. dressing
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 14g 49%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g 29%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Vitamin A 10581IU 212%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Folate 114mcg 28%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 191mg 46%
Potassium 994mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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