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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Dried Cranberries, & Red Onion

Last week we were on a sugar high from all of the Halloween candy recipes I posted.  We are all sugared out. Don’t worry, it won’t last long, but today we are sharing a healthy recipe. I blame Josh for my latest obsession-sweet potatoes and kale. Ever since he created that Sweet Potato Kale Pizza, I have been craving them like mad. I could easily eat that pizza every night, but to mix things up I created a Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Dried Cranberries, & Red Onion.

I used black quinoa for this salad because I love the color, especially against the orange sweet potatoes and green kale. It really makes the sweet potatoes and kale pop. If you can’t find black quinoa, you can use regular quinoa or even red quinoa. I roasted the sweet potatoes, red onion, and kale to bring out their flavors. I tossed the vegetables and quinoa together and drizzled the salad with balsamic vinegar. I also added dried cranberries for a little hint of sweetness.

This salad is simple to make and can be served as a main dish or side dish. We enjoyed it for dinner and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. It is good warm and straight from the fridge-I was too lazy to heat it up the second day:) The fall flavors are divine. I am going to make this salad for Thanksgiving. It is pretty to serve, easy to make, and delicious to eat. Plus, it is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. If you are hosting Thanksgiving and might have guests with special dietary needs, make this salad. Everyone can enjoy this one!

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Dried Cranberries, & Red Onion

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time: About 30 minutes


2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups kale
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
1 cup uncooked black quinoa
2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes and red onion slices in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss together and then put them on a large baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Stir a few times while baking.

2. Drizzle kale with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. When the sweet potatoes and onions have been in the oven for 15 minutes, put the kale in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until kale is wilted and starting to get a little crispy.

3. While the vegetables are roasting, make the quinoa. Using a strainer, rinse the black quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let cool quinoa cool to room temperature.

4. When the vegetables are done roasting, let them cool to room temperature. Chop up the red onion slices and kale. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, sweet potatoes, red onion, and kale. Drizzle the salad with remaining three tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and add in the dried cranberries. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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118 Responses to “Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Dried Cranberries, & Red Onion”

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  1. Rosa — November 7, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    A beautifullay colorful salad! I bet it tastes wonderful.



  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 7, 2011 @ 3:48 am

    Maria it’s such a beautiful and colorful salad…love it.

  3. Jessica — November 7, 2011 @ 4:12 am

    Is it bad to admit that I am still on a Halloween sugar high? 😉

    …I think this beautiful quinoa salad is exactly what I need to start the detox process!

  4. Laura @ Laura's Sweet Spot! — November 7, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    I love sweet and savory combinations! This is a great idea for a salad. Plus it’s healthy : D

  5. Tine — November 7, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Lovely colours!

  6. Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 7, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    Beautiful colors! I’ll have to try the black quinoa too!

  7. Courtney — November 7, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    My Whole Food’s only carries Regular and Red Quinoa. I would love to find Black! This looks incredible, and the colors!!! :)

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 7, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    everyone else has said it, but the colors in this are CRAZY beautiful!

  9. jenna — November 7, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    ohh yum!! this has my name written all over it!! gorgeous!

  10. Jeanette — November 7, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    What a nice healthy dish for Thanksgiving, love all the fall colors and a great way to enjoy your latest favorite pizza topping in a healthy salad.

  11. Erica — November 7, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Beautiful dish! The cranberries are a nice, festive touch!

  12. Lauren — November 7, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I love all the colors in this dish! Beautiful!

  13. Cookbook Queen — November 7, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    So gorgeous and colorful!! Looks like an amazing addition to any Fall menu :)

  14. The Purple Carrot — November 7, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    My kind of meal, this looks delicious!

  15. Bev Weidner — November 7, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I could camp out overnight in this bowl.

  16. foodwanderings — November 7, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Srsly the more I see kale the more I want to cook with it. Got all th eingredients but the kale. Def. picking it up on my next farmers market venture. Looking good!

  17. Kristina Vanni — November 7, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    What a beautiful bowl of health! Everything that is good for you in one easy dish. Love it!

  18. I love roasted sweet potatoes and cranberries. Not a huge fan of quinoa though, so I may try this with barley. Thanks for posting, Maria!

  19. Cookin' Canuck — November 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I can never have enough quinoa recipes in my repertoire and this is definitely one to add. Beautiful colors and lots of vitamins. Perfect!

  20. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — November 7, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    I could eat this EVERYDAY!

  21. Kalyn — November 7, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    This salad has so many of my favorite ingredients; great recipe!

  22. Deborah — November 7, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    These flavors sound amazing together! I need to find some black quinoa, because I love those colors!

  23. aida mollenkamp — November 7, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    this sounds like a great contender for Thanksgiving!

  24. Deliciously Organic — November 7, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    This would make a fantastic side dish at Thanksgiving!

  25. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — November 7, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Looks delicious and easy! Making it for dinner this week. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. marla — November 7, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    A wonderful fall quinoa!

  27. natalie (the sweets life) — November 7, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    sweet potatoes and kale are two of my favorite foods–i’ve made a sweet potato kale pizza similar to yours before and now i can’t wait to try this asap!

  28. Esi — November 7, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    Love this fall quinoa salad.

  29. JennKnee — November 7, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    What beautiful looking dish!

  30. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 7, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    What a beautiful dish!

  31. vanillasugarblog — November 7, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    maria you need to make me eat more of these kinds of dishes lol

  32. Living The Sweet Life — November 7, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Today was the first time, I had quinoa. I made it in a simple salad with familiar flavours … to say the least it was a huge hit.
    I’ll certainly have to give this salad recipe a try … I can just tell, the mixture of textures will be just amazing.

  33. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 7, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    I love anything with quinoa! Hope you’re doing well!!

  34. Cara — November 7, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I think you and I are sharing tastebuds lately 😉 I see many similar things coming out of my kitchen!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      We have great taste:)

  35. Feast on the Cheap — November 7, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    What a photogenic salad! and it sounds delicious too

  36. Urban Wife — November 7, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Agreeing with everyone else – the COLORS are gorgeous! I’m willing to bet it would make a quinoa/kale/green hater like my husband a believer. :)

  37. Cassie @ bake your day — November 7, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    Amazing colors in this bowl. I love quinoa. This might be my dinner tonight!

  38. Laura (the first mess) — November 7, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    So many of my favourite things in one bowl! The colours are beautiful :)

  39. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 7, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Mmm this is full of healthful goodness. Love this!

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