This simple recipe for Baked Sweet Potato and Kale can be served as a healthy main dish or side dish. It’s an easy recipe with just a few ingredients that is surprisingly hearty and delicious. Serve it as a side dish or even as a vegetarian main dish.

Large white ceramic bowl filled with baked kale and sweet potatoes, plus onion.

When your pantry ingredients are running low or you just want an easy recipe, this you are going to love this Baked Sweet Potato and Kale. It’s very filling because of the sweet potatoes. The kale and onion get nice and browned and super flavorful during the baking process. 

I hesitate to call this dish a casserole because it lacks a sauce, but it is essentially a dish that you can prep ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready to eat.

No matter what, I think you’ll be impressed with how great such simple ingredients can taste together.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • This Baked Sweet Potato and Kale is so easy to make because you really just need chopped sweet potatoes, a chopped onion, and a bunch of chopped kale. It can stand in for a main dish for vegans and vegetarians, or it makes a great side dish for everyone else. 
  • This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and full of nutrition.
  • You can adapt this recipe using ingredients you like. Feel free to leave out the cinnamon and use chili powder instead.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for baked kale and sweet potato in small bowls.

Kale is a hearty, healthy green that is easy to chew once roasted.

Sweet potatoes are a classic autumn ingredient with many health benefits like beta carotene.

Cinnamon – yes, even in a savory dish! Ground cinnamon brings warmth to the dish.

Thyme is the perfect seasoning when you are serving poultry dishes, which will tie this in to your main meal. You can use any dried herbs you like, including oregano, Italian seasoning, paprika, or marjoram.

Coconut oil is a great neutral oil to roast your veggies. If you aren’t on a vegan or dairy-free diet, you can also use melted butter or ghee.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step is to preheat your oven to 375ºF. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 

Step Two

Next, combine your chopped ingredients in a mixing bowl. You can also add your cinnamon and thyme, and then toss everything together with the melted coconut oil. 

Diced sweet potatoes and white onion in a stainless bowl.

Step Three

Pour the mixture into your casserole dish. You’ll need to cook it for about 45-50 minutes to ensure the sweet potatoes get nice and tender.

Large white ceramic bowl filled with baked kale and sweet potato.

Step Four

Once the mixture is done baking, then you can serve it right out of the dish.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • Don’t have coconut oil? Try avocado or olive oil.
  • Some fresh thyme sprigs will give you the perfect presentation.
A forkful of sweet potato and kale over the serving bowl.

Recipe FAQs

Can I serve this dish with a sauce?

Yes! Try drizzling it with this Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce just before serving.

Can I make this in the air fryer?

Yes, try cooking it at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket every once in awhile so the sweet potatoes cook evenly. You may need to cut the recipe in half to ensure you don’t over crowd the air fryer basket, though.

plate of baked sweet potato, kale and onion with fork.

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Large white ceramic bowl filled with baked sweet potato and kale.

Baked Sweet Potato and Kale

This simple recipe for Baked Sweet Potato and Kale can be served as a healthy main dish or side dish. It’s an easy recipe with just a few ingredients that is surprisingly hearty and delicious. Serve it as a side dish or even as a vegetarian main dish.

 

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 cups chopped kale (from about 1/2 of a bunch)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, kale, onion, cinnamon, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the melted coconut oil over the ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Pour ingredients into the casserole dish and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

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