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Creamy Southwest Kale and Roasted Potato Salad

  • Author: Jessi Heggan
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A healthy and incredibly delicious kale salad topped with a vegan creamy southwest dressing. 



Creamy Southwest Dressing

  • ¾ cup raw cashews, soaked (see notes)
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and ribs removed
  • 3 green onions, halved
  • 1 cup cilantro, fresh
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Roasted Potatoes

  • 1.5lbs gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • 8 cups kale, chopped (stems removed)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups red cabbage, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the potatoes in to bite size pieces and toss with the oil and seasonings. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until slight crispy and cooked through.
  2. Strain the cashews and rinse them off. Place the cashews in a blender or food processor with the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Set the dressing aside
  3. Place the chopped kale in a large bowl with about ¾ cup of the southwest dressing and use your hands to kneed/massage the kale until the leaves are tender. Add the chopped peppers and shredded cabbage and toss to combine. 
  4. Once the potatoes are done let them cool for a few minutes and then add to the salad with about ¼ cup more dressing and toss to thoroughly combine everything.
  5. Serve immediately or store or in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  6. You can also top with your favorite protein. I like to add black beans, chicken or even ground taco meat. 


  • You can soak the cashews for 6-8 hours or to quick soak your cashews – place them in a small sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then take off the heat and put a lid on the pot and let soak for 1 hour.

Keywords: kale salad, massaged kale salad, vegan kale salad, vegan southwest dressing, creamy southwest dressing, easy kale salad