Healthy Recipes best kale salad

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Scott Cooney


our favorite kale salad recipe… and a video!

Whoo-hoo! It’s our first cooking video! The Inspired Economist and I made this Roasted Root Vegetable Kale Salad for Thanksgiving for our Thanksgiving potluck dinner with friends. This vibrant salad was a big hit, and it pairs nicely with any type of hearty autumn fare that you would enjoy this time of year (like a Vegan Tofu Pot Pie or a Wild Rice Casserole!). Enjoy our quick video tutorial for some tips about choosing, prepping, and making the best use of delicious dinosaur (lacinato) kale.

Roasted Root Vegetable Kale Salad

1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced parsnips
½ cup sliced leeks
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch lacinato kale
½ cup sunflower seeds (in the video referred to as sesame seeds- oops!)
¼- ½ cup dressing of choice (something like the dressing in this recipe)

  1. Add diced carrots, parsnips, and leeks to an 8×8 baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast at 400º for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. To prep the kale, tear from the stems as shown in the video. Tear leaves into bite-sized pieces, add to a large bowl. Prep all kale, and then massage gently with your hands until kale is wilted to about half the volume. Add a tablespoon of dressing and massage a bit more until leaves are coated. Drain off any excess green juice.
  3. Add cooled, roasted vegetables and sunflower seeds to the salad, and toss with remaining dressing. Serve to everyone you love!

our diced carrots, parsnips, and chopped leeks.

not-quite-massaged kale, and roasted veggies on the side.

the finished salad!

the team at VWJ wishes you a vibrantly green holiday!


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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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