Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

These kale sweet potato quesadillas are super simple to make and oh-so delicious! These healthy quesadillas are the ultimate Mexican inspired vegan meal, made with creamy sweet potatoes, sautéed kale, spicy salsa, creamy soy cheese, and earthy ground cumin – all sandwiched between two crispy gluten-free tortilla shells. These vegan quesadillas are so tasty, you’ll forget they’re meatless. These are a must-have in your meatless Monday recipe repertoire.

Since changing up my diet and opting for a more clean eating, vegetarian lifestyle, I’m constantly searching for ways to vegan-ize traditional recipes. Quesadillas are one of those meals that get the best of me. I just cannot give them up. I can however, clean them up! With a few quick substitutions I’ve transformed traditionally heavy quesadillas with this fresh, healthier variation. Might I also add that since opting for a more clean eating lifestyle, I’ve had to become even more organized than I already am in the kitchen, which by the way, I didn’t think was possible.

While I appreciate variety (i.e., veggies) the kids aren’t as keen, nor is my husband, especially when it involves kale and other green vegetables. Although this personal choice often results in more time-consuming meal prep, I don’t mind reaping the benefits, especially when they come in the form of these crispy healthy Tex-Mex inspired quesadillas. Since preparing different meals for the family on a regular basis has become like second nature to me, this recipe was a breeze. I had already prepped some ground meat for their quesadillas and had all the fixings ready to go. I simply cooked the kale and sweet potato, then prepared all of the quesadillas in sort of an assembly line – of course, adding only the vegan options to mine.

Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

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Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

: 1 serving

These kale sweet potato quesadillas are super simple to make and oh-so delicious! These healthy quesadillas are the ultimate Mexican inspired vegan meal, made with creamy sweet potatoes, sautéed kale, spicy salsa, creamy soy cheese, and earthy ground cumin – all sandwiched between two crispy gluten-free tortilla shells. These vegan quesadillas are so tasty, you’ll […]


Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas
    1 sweet potato, boiled or steamed
  • 1 head of kale, sautéed
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1/3 cup salsa of choice
  • 1/2 cup Daiya soy cheese, or other cheese
  • 2 gluten-free tortilla shells

Sweet Potato Preparation
Bring about 4-5 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Peel the sweet potato and cut in half then boil until fork tender. Once cooked, drain the water from the pot then transfer the sweet potato to a plate (or back into the pot) and mash until smooth. Add the cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.

While the sweet potato is boiling, rinse the kale and pat dry. Cut off the large stems then remove the kale leaves from the ribs. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat for 2 minute then add the kale leaves and water and cook (covered) on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the water has evaporated and the kale is fork tender. Set aside to cool. To assemble the quesadillas, spread the sweet potato onto one tortilla leaving about a one inch border, dollop salsa over top then add the kale and spread evenly over the sweet potato mixture.

Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Sprinkle the soy cheese evenly over the kale then top with the other tortilla shell.
There are two ways that you can prepare these, in a frying pan or in the oven. In a frying pan, heat olive oil on medium heat then add the tortilla and cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes or until browned and the cheese has melted. (I chose that latter this time around). Alternately, you can spread the ingredients onto one half of the tortilla and then fold the other half over, making a half-moon shape.

Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the quesadilla on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Transfer the quesadilla to the top rack and cook broil on high heat for 1-2 minutes or until the top tortilla is crispy.

33 thoughts on “Vegan Kale Sweet Potato Quesadillas”

  • badudets 9 years ago

    Wow! I love quesadillas and I’m making these next weekend. Thanks!

  • This looks so delicious. I have never tried kale before but there is a first time for everything.

  • Sara-Jayne Jones 9 years ago

    I love kale, it’s one of my favourite vegetables and perfect for making me feel warm inside! I think I might need some of these for dinner!

  • Fi Ni Neachtain 9 years ago

    Those look so delicious, I really want some now! I have to have a go at making these, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • I’ve never eaten that much kale, but I love quesadillas! Plus, anything with sweet potatoes is worth a try! Nice recipe!

  • I love quesadillas and these look so delicious and refined! Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe!

  • These quesadillas look incredible! I love how you put kale and sweet potatoes in them! Making a more traditional food into a unique one! Love it!

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack 10 years ago

    This looks so tasty. I will be making this tonight

  • michele d 10 years ago

    Goodness me! My husband would love this. He is the Sweet Potato King in my house. Can’t get enough of it! Would love to make this for me. Thanks for sharing it!

  • john lopez 10 years ago

    Ow very yummy, this is one of my favorite dish. Looks really good. Thanks for sharing it.

  • oh wow looks so delicious, I want to jump into the screen and have a taste. Never had such a delicious look dish of kale/sweet potato quesadillas

  • Courtney 10 years ago

    Omg this looks delicious!!! I’ve been on a huge kale kick so I might just have to try this out!!!

  • Wow, you had me just with the title of this post. We love sweet potatos and quesadillas at my house (I might have to swap out the kale for spinach though). They looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to try and make these.

    • Seems like a lot of people aren’t into kale in this thread, lol! I’m glad the idea of the recipes is still appealing…I think any green would do. I’d love to know your thoughts if or when you make these!

  • The kale sweet potato quesadillas looks really tasty. You can also play around the ingredients and make it even tastier or healthier depending on your preference.

  • Michele 10 years ago

    I don’t like Kale but I imagine spinach would work just as well. I have a couple of very small sweet potatoes in the apartment currently-since I am single and I would only want to make one-I think that would be perfect! Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Mama to 5 Blessings 10 years ago

    Oh that sounds great! Kale is so good for you! What a nice healthy recipe!

  • Well this is an interesting combination & I love sweet potatoes, but I’m allergic to Kale. Wonder how it would taste with spinach? hmmmm Thanks for the tip.

    • Allergic to kale?? I’ve never heard of that!! I think spinach could work but the flavour would be very mild…maybe Swiss chard or collard greens?!

  • I’ve never seen anything like this. I have never tasted kale before but I have never seen kale and pumpkin put together. It looks good though.

  • Kale is definitely all the rage these days! I don’t think a vegetarian recipe would fly in my household with my husband though. I’d have to add some meat!

  • MegGoesNomNom 10 years ago

    These look crazy delicious. I feel like I’ve been eating massive amounts of kale lately and always looking for new ways to deliver kale to my face. 🙂 I think these would be good with goat cheese too (at least for the non-vegans!)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 10 years ago

      Me too, lol! I eat it at least 2-3 times a week! I definitely would throw some goat or feta cheese in there too (of course, for non-vegans!) 😉

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