Sweet & Spicy Warm Kale Salad w/ Sweet Potato & Gnocchi

Really, I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but this dish turned out amazing. To end National Nutrition Month, I decided to to make up a dish with kale because as I have said in the past, kale is not one of my favorites. I went to Whole Foods after leaving my internship to get a little inspiration and get my recipe juices flowing. This is what I cam up with, and I definitely think it is a winner! I hope you try it out and let me know what you think. Happy cooking 🙂



  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • cooking spray
  • sweet potato seasonings: chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper
  • fresh kale, about 2 cups
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat gnocchi
  • extra seasonings: red pepper flakes, pinch of salt
  • dressing: 1 Tbsp canola oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, drizzle (very small drizzle) honey, black pepper, red pepper flakes

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut your sweet potatoes into small pieces, about the width of a quarter. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay down your chopped potatoes. Spray the tops of the potatoes with another layer of cooking spray, and add a generous amount of the sweet potato seasonings listed above. The only thing I would be cautious with is the chili powder if you don’t want your sweet potatoes too spicy (I like spicy so I added quite a bit!).

Let your potatoes cook for about 25 minutes, flipping them over about halfway through. Rinse and dry your kale and cook your gnocchi (should take about 3 minutes). In a large sauté pan, add a little olive oil and toss your kale and cooked gnocchi. Leave your heat on low. Season with a little black pepper, red pepper flakes (once again, a tiny bit packs a huge punch), garlic powder, and a pinch (literally a pinch) of salt.

While your kale and gnocchi is warming through, go ahead and prepare your dressing (ingredients listed above), whisking with a fork. It won’t completely combine, but that is ok! Once your sweet potatoes are through, add them to your pan, along with your dressing. The dressing should very lightly coat all of your contents. Add your sprinkle of feta cheese and you are done! Enjoy!

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