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My Go-To Winter Salad

Winter Salad with Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x


A simple, healthy, and delicious winter salad topped with plant-protein and a sweetened tahini dressing! The perfect plant-based salad for when you’re on-the-go or in need of something healthy and fulfilling!



  • 1 bunch Tuscan Kale leaves
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 12 sweet potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • healthy pinch of salt and pepper

Topping Ideas:

  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • red bell peppers
  • radishes
  • avocado

Tahini Dressing

  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (pure (dark color grade preferred))
  • 5 tbsp filtered water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Plant-Protein Ideas:

  • crunchy chickpeas
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with foil.  Add sliced sweet potatoes and toss with avocado oil, and spices: chili powder, sweet paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes until tender and soft.
  2. Remove Tuscan Leaves from the stems and split apart the leaves into smaller pieces. Add 1/2 lemon juice and massaged kale leaves with your hands.
  3. Prepare other vegetables by chopping them to desired bite-sized pieces.

Tahini Dressing Instructions:

  1. Add tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add 1 tbsp of water at a time, whisking until desired consistency.

To Serve:

  1. Add massage kale leaves to a bowl, top with the roasted sweet potatoes, and desired vegetables: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, avocado, red bell peppers, etc. Top with plant-protein: crunchy chickpeas, sesame seeds, and hemp hearts.  Drizzle dressing on top and serve.
  2. Best when fresh, but if you are meal-prepping, store dressing in a separate bowl.
  • Category: Lunch, Entree, Salads

Keywords: Winter salad recipes, healthy salad recipes, healthy lunch ideas