Balsamic Sweet Potato Arugula Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad RecipeSweet potatoes, are without a doubt, one of my favourite vegetables, and they're really good for you, too! Potatoes help bulk up a meal, making a vegetarian dishes hearty and filling (perfect for your Meatless Mondays!). This recipe boasts nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, crispy greens, nutty quinoa, and creamy goat cheese— all of which combine to create a delicious fall or winter salad. Make this for dinner or as a satisfying lunch.

servings: 2 entrees, or 4 side dishes
prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 35 minutes
total time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (about 2 cups when chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • hefty pinch black pepper
  • hefty pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups arugula (packed)
  • 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup kholrabi, or radish (cut into short thin strips)
  • ¼ cup red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Peel and chop sweet potatoes into 1½ inch chunks. Toss potato pieces with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Spread potatoes evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until tender (stirring occasionally).
Balsamic Quinoa Salad Recipe - Step 1

Step 3: While the sweet potatoes are roasting, start preparing the quinoa: In a small pot bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once the water boils, add quinoa, olive oil, and sea salt. After the water reboils, cover pot, reduce flame to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Balsamic Potato Quinoa Salad - Step 2

Step 4: While the quinoa is cooking, get started on the salad. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the arugula leaves, chopped celery stalks, kholrabi (or radish) strips, and sliced red onion together.
Balsamic Potato Quinoa Salad Recipe - Step 4

Step 5: Prepare the salad dressing: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, mustard, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and black pepper.Toss greens with dressing until well incorporated.

Step 6: Once the sweet potatoes and quinoa are cooked and thoroughly cooled (they should reach room temperature), start assembling the salad in layers. Divide quinoa evenly between your prepared plates or bowls. On top of the quinoa add the greens. Over the greens, toss roasted sweet potatoes. Finally, top with crumbled goat cheese, and sliced almonds. Dig in!

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