Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seed Dressing
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Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Make this salad spicier by using canned or homemade chili beans instead of pintos.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Keyword: massaged kale salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch kale , washed, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Seed Dressing (recipe below)
  • 1 cup pinto beans , cooked or canned (drained and rinsed well)
  • additional pumpkin seeds and chopped hot pepper for garnish
  • additional dressing for drizzling


  • Preheat a large grill, George Foreman grill, grill pan, or oven (to 425 degrees).
  • Slice the sweet potato into 1/2-inch thick rounds (you can peel it beforehand if you like). Place the slices on the grill, grill pan, or non-stick baking sheet, brush the tops with soy sauce, and grate a little black pepper over them. Grill or bake until tender, turning after 5 minutes in a grill pan or 10 minutes in the oven. (They took about 10 minutes in my Foreman grill, but will probably take longer using the other methods.) Remove from oven, transfer to a cutting board, and cut into cubes or wedges.
  • While the sweet potato is cooking, Place the chopped kale in a very large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the Pumpkin Seed Dressing. Using clean hands, massage the dressing into the kale, squeezing the kale in your hands until it is softened and reduced in volume by about two-thirds. Do not be gentle! This massage should take 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Put the kale on a serving plate or bowl and top with the sweet potatoes and pinto beans. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and chopped hot peppers and drizzle with more dressing.


This makes 2 large, “complete meal” salads or 4 small side salads. The nutritional info below assumes two large salads and does not include garnishes or additional dressing.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 54.6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 2.3g | Sodium: 227.4mg | Fiber: 13.1g | Sugar: 3g