Easy and delicious kale salad with oven-roasted sweet potatoes, cheese, almonds and balsamic dressing!
For Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
3large sweet potatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
1tbspherbs de provence
1large bundle kale
1small shallot, diced
1/4cupsliced almonds, diced pecans or pinenuts
1/2cupcrumbled feta or goat cheese
For Balsamic Dressing:
1/4cupextra-virgin olive oil
2tbspwhite wine, OR 2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2tspherbs de provence
For Oven-Roasted Potatoes:
Preheat the oven to 425F/218C and prepare a large baking tray by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Peel the sweet potatoes, then use a sharp knife to cube into bite-sized pieces. Smaller pieces will bake faster. Transfer the sweet potatoes into the prepared baking tray and drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil over the top. Season generously with salt, then sprinkle on the paprika, garlic and herbs. Use your hands to toss the cubed potato, ensuring each piece is coated.
Cover the baking tray tightly with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes; baking time depends on size of the cubed potatoes. Once the potato is fork tender, remove the foil and broil on high for 4 to 5 minutes, until the potatoes have some nice color.
For the dressing, simply whisk together the oil, vinegar, wine or lemon juice, salt and herbs in a measuring cup for 1 minute. Pour half the dressing over the kale, add the diced shallot and cranberries, then used gloved hands to massage the kale for 1 minute, until soft. Reserve the remaining dressing for the top.
Meanwhile, prepare the massaged kale salad. Rinse the kale, then use a sharp knife to cut away the hard, fibrous stalks and discard. Chop the kale into bite sized pieces and place into a large bowl.
Once the potatoes are done, assemble the salad: place a generous amount of kale onto each plate and top with the warm sweet potatoes, crumbled cheese, sliced almonds or other nuts, and pour the remaining dressing over the top. Garnish with more diced shallot and dried cranberries, if desired. Leftovers can be stored overnight.
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