Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Beans


Loaded with roasted sweet potatoes and shallots, black beans, quinoa, feta and pepitas, this salad makes for a satisfying meatless meal. Not only does massaging the kale tenderize it, it also helps the greens absorb more of the bright dressing.

Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Beans
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 6 medium shallots, peeled and quartered

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated

  • 1 pound kale, stemmed and torn

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup unsalted pepitas, toasted


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F.

  2. Toss sweet potato with 1 tablespoon oil, chile powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt on a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss shallots with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt on another large rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, flipping once, until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice and garlic with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add kale and massage with the dressing until bright green and shiny and the volume is reduced by about half. Add beans, quinoa, feta, pepitas and the shallots. Toss to combine and serve topped with the sweet potato.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

588 Calories
30g Fat
64g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 588
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 18462IU 369%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Potassium 1204mg 26%

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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