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Shiitake mushroom, sweet potato and kale salad recipe

Jennifer Fairbairn / Mar 9, 2016

Gone are the days of plain leafy salads, it’s all about combining fresh colourful veggies with healthy sources of protein and carbohydrates to create salads that are satisfying and full of flavour. This dish by Jennifer @reachingforgreens certainly fulfils our need for a delicious salad, with shiitake mushrooms, sweet potato, quinoa and kale tossed together with a miso dressing. Lunch time has never looked better!


Ingredients, Serves 4

Miso Dressing


3                      limes, juiced

2                      garlic cloves, minced

1.5 tbsp.          yellow miso paste

1/3 cup            water

2 tsp.               pure maple syrup

2 tsp.               tamari

1.5 tsp.            fresh ginger, grated finely

Pepper to taste


1                      large sweet potato

1 tbsp.             curry powder

1 tsp.               extra virgin olive oil

2 cups             quinoa, cooked

2 cups             kale, packed firmly

1                      small red onion

1                      red bell pepper, chopped

1                      large carrot, grated

1/2 cup            dried cranberries

1/3 cup            walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 tbsp.          extra virgin olive oil

100g                shiitake mushrooms, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat oven to 375F/ 180C. Using an immersion blender, blend all the dressing ingredients together and set aside
2. Cook quinoa as per instructions.
3. Chop the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces and place in a medium sized, bowl. Add olive oil, curry, and salt and pepper. Using your hands, toss the potatoes ensuring each are evenly coated. Place on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, tossing half way through. 4. Set aside to cool.
5. In a heated medium sized pan with oil, sauté the mushrooms until tender and set aside to cool.
6. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, kale, onion, red pepper, carrot, dried cranberries, walnuts, shiitake mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. Add the miso ginger dressing and mix well.
7. Serve and enjoy!


This salad is great as leftovers. It will keep fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.