Sometimes you’re just craving a healthy, jam-packed salad for lunch or dinner and this Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad is just the thing that you need! Simply add a splash of color, flavor, and nutrients with a variety of ingredients like red + green kale, roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, onions, etc. Entirely dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Make ahead option.
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We're finally in the new year and I couldn't be more excited for 2023 and all of the delicious things that I have ahead. While 2022 had major ups + downs, one of my biggest lessons was my health which took a serious rollercoaster, especially during the 4th quarter. A combination of lack of sleep, extreme work, and not eating the best---my body definitely gave me a wake up call and since the start of December, I've totally changed up my diet and as a result, I feel much better than I did before. It's still a journey, but I know that it's for the long haul in terms of resetting my body and creating a better environment for it with the major changes that I made---one of which includes more veggies and this Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad is just the thing that adds that!
Moreover, I'm so ecstatic to be adding a lot more vegan + gluten-free options to Orchids + Sweet Tea (oh and it's officially Veganuary---yay!) going forward to reflect my new way of eating, with sprinkles of meat and seafood and a tad-bit of dairy. All in all, it's going to be a delicious year! Haha.
I'm not sure if you have any new year's resolutions like eating healthier, more exercise, etc. however, if you're thinking about your diet and want to incorporate healthier options, I definitely recommend checking out my post on How to Best Transition into a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet. And if you don't know where to start in terms of recipes, here's the best ones to try first:
Savory Chickpea Quinoa Buddha Bowl
Maple Herb Roasted Butternut Squash
Vegan Pumpkin Curry Butternut Squash
Vegan Cheese Polenta with Pesto + Chickpea
Chipotle Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos
Well, thanks to my love affair with chopped salads from Just Salad a few years ago and now my vision of salads have changed.
OK, so if this is your first time hearing about chopped salad, then I've got you covered. Basically, the difference between chopped salad and regular salad is that all of the ingredients are chopped and incorporated versus it being layered. It definitely creates the perfect bite that makes a real difference when eating it.
When it comes to massaging kale, it's usually recommended because kale is known for being tough and fibrous, which makes it sometimes hard to chew and digest. However, massaging the kale softens it a great deal and helps the flavors to be more pronounced which works hand in hand with the other ingredients.
My easy method to massage kale is to add the de-stemmed and chopped kale to a large bowl and then drizzling it with 1-2 tsps of lemon juice or Extra virgin olive oil and using your clean hands, rubbing the leaves together gently for about 2-3 minutes. They should look glossy and slightly reduced in volume when massaging is achieved.
Ready to get in the kitchen to whip up this Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad? Let’s get to the recipe.
The ingredients for this wintery salad are simple and easy to customize based on what’s in your kitchen:
To top your delicious veggie salad and add a bit of heat, make a dairy-free chipotle sauce/dressing with:
If you want to take this already delicious chopped salad to the next level, have fun tossing in your favorite salad toppers. I especially love the following ingredients with the kale and spicy chipotle flavors in this recipe:
Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad. Everything from my fave high-powered blender, baking sheets, wooden spoons, salad chopper, mixing bowls, and more.
This Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad is easy to throw together, but the highlight of many salads are definitely the homemade croutons, if you desire to use them. While you might think that it's so hard to make----I'm here to show you just how easy it is, using the following ingredients:
If you'd like to switch things up a bit by roasting your tomatoes-----the key to this recipe is to start with great-quality tomatoes. Choose a mix of large and cherries, and several different colors if you can find them.
The roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas and chopped veggies can be made up to 2 days beforehand and stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. The dressing can be made and refrigerated in a separate airtight container. The salad can chopped up to 30 minutes before serving.
For greater ease, you can easily chop your ingredients in a food processor for the perfect bite. I suggest first starting with solely the kale leaves once they are de-stemmed. Add them to your food processor and pulse for a few seconds before they are too minced. Then remove those chopped greens and place them into a bowl and work your way through the other ingredients (all processed separately).
Once all ingredients are chopped, add them together in a bowl and continue recipe.
You can enjoy this Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad on its own as a nice lunch or dinner. Or, if you'd like to add additional protein to round out your meal, add crispy tofu or nuts to keep things plant-based. If you're not vegetarian or vegan, you can add seared salmon or leftover cooked chicken.
If you're offering this salad as a side dish, I personally love it paired with a hearty and warming entree like Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup or Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. For a hearty bite, I enjoy this salad with the following meals also: Southern Hot Honey Fried Chicken, Creamy Jamaican Rasta Pasta, Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings/Bites, or Baked Sticky Orange Cauliflower + Quinoa.
Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, depending on the ingredients. Always determine the ingredients in your salad and keep it no longer than the shelf life of your fastest-spoiling ingredient.
If you are a fan of my Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad, you will also love these other delicious vegan options also!
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This salad was really, really delicious! Sometimes I get bored with salads, but not this one - it has so much flavor! I did make some changes - I used mix greens and baby lettuces instead of kale, and made my own chipotle cashew cream (I'm not a fan of mayo) using your dressing recipe as a guideline. I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!