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  • Makes 11 cups

This hearty salad is replete with a range of flavors. The roasted vegetable medley includes sweet potatoes, beets, and shallots. Pepitas, golden raisins, and an easy homemade maple-mustard dressing top things off. Before slicing the kale, be sure to remove any thick, tough stems.


  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 medium beets (20 oz. total), trimmed, peeled, quartered, and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 4 medium shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 6 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 2 cups cooked and chilled wheat berries
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two large shallow baking pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place sweet potatoes and beets in single layers on separate baking pans. Roast 10 minutes; stir. Add shallots to sweet potatoes. Roast 15 to 20 minutes more or until vegetables are tender, stirring once. (Brush with water if vegetables begin to look dry.) Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl toss together kale, wheat berries, and raisins.
  3. For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, ginger, and ¼ cup water. Add vegetables to kale mixture. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Top with pumpkin seeds.

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Ak12 months ago
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I’m so disappointed! Found this salad very dry and unexciting. I should have gone with my gut and coat the veggies in oil and spices to spruce it up a bit. I substituted the wheat berries for quinoa. Seemed to do the trick.

Beverley Dobell2 years ago
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This winter salad was very popular a large family gathering. The dressing was delicious, the colourful vegetables (yams and beets) blended in with kale (I used a package of pre-washed kale, spinach, Swiss Chard). No cutting necessary. It was served in January (when Vancouver Islanders prefer hot veggies over salad). This salad was perfect as it had winter veggies! I gave my daughter the recipe and she will make it for her next dinner party.

KD the Kitteh Mama2 years ago
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I don’t like beets. What is a good substitute?

GG2 years ago
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This recipe sounds delicious, so I’ll try it soon. I have wheat for breadmaking in my pantry, so a wheatberry recipe is ideal for me. However, I bet bulgar, quinoa, buckwheat, or brown rice would work equally as well. Thank you.

Beth Bonness2 years ago
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This recipe sounds delicious! Were getting ready for a trip in our Airstream and I wondered how long this would keep in the frig?


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Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.

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