This post has been sponsored by Great Day Farms Hard-Boiled Eggs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Although it’s winter, it doesn’t mean we’re not still craving salads – we just don’t want them cold. This warm kale salad with sweet potato, bacon and egg and a balsamic vinaigrette is a delicious addition to your fall and winter menu and packed with lots of roasted flavor and warmth.
Now that the weather has cooled, our meals have been transitioning too. Warm roasted veggies, oven-baked meals and soups have been on our meal rosters non-stop. I love cooking with seasonal foods and transitioning our meals to reflect the changes so it was naturally a fit to add in some more hearty salads as well. This delicious warm kale, sweet potato and egg salad is absolutely delicious and so simple to make.
I won’t lie, the first time I heard about warm salads I was skeptical. Most of us think of crisp and cool when it comes to salads, but once I took the plunge thanks to a dish at one of our favorite restaurants, I was hooked on warm, savory salads. They are an absolutely a great way to transition salads into your diet during the cooler months, are packed with flavor and can be a comforting & hearty meal. When I was shopping the other week, I saw a huge bag of pre-cut and shredded kale, I thought it was time to take matters into my own hands and attempt my own recipe. So glad that I did!
This warm kale salad is packed with all the flavors, full of so many good-for-you nutrients and protein packed too! Kale is a great superfood to add to your diet as it’s loaded with so many nutrients and fiber and when it’s cooked, it mellows out the bitter flavor and also softens the leaves which makes this leafy green oh-so-good! Roasted sweet potatoes combine so well with the kale for a little sweetness, especially when you add crispy, salty bacon. The addition of hard-boiled eggs (Great Day Farms hard-boiled eggs are my favorite) adds a powerful boost of protein to the meal while a generous drizzle of the balsamic vinaigrette dijon dressing tops it all off! Nutritionally, it’s a well-rounded meal with tons of fiber, carbs, protein (6 grams protein per egg) and a super simple way to add lots of veggies into your diet.
Whether you’re enjoying this salad as a quick lunch or dinner, serving it as a large family salad to share or bringing it as a healthier option for a holiday party or potluck, it’s a great dish that has a dynamic and delicious range of flavors. One of my favorite things about this dish is that it can be put together so quickly! With only 20 minutes of preparation and cooking, this meal can be on the table fast and easily which makes it a fabulous holiday dish option when pressed for time.
There are always a few things that I always keep stocked in my fridge and Great Day Farms Hard-Boiled Eggs are one of those things. I buy them at Walmart and keep them on hand for quick meals and snacks that allow me to maintain a healthy diet (you can find them in the deli section near the prepared salads). Great Day Farms Hard-Boiled Egg packs (you can buy in 2 or 6-packs) are already peeled for a super convenient grab and use option. Sometimes I’m adding them to a salad like this recipe, making a yummy egg sandwich (like this 5 minute turmeric egg salad or greek egg salad), packing my kids lunches or simply sprinkling with salt & pepper for a quick snack. They’re super versatile!
Have you had a warm salad? Any favorite combinations?