This Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad with Crispy Quinoa Lettuce stars with vibrant flavor and texture.
Replace bland, starchy stale potatoes with these roasted sweet potatoes for a refreshingly healthy and nutritious sweet potato salad, or even serve as a dessert! So delicious and so dreamy, this salad is the perfect way to incorporate veggies into your kid's diet.
If you're concerned about the versatility of sweet potatoes, it's time to give them a break. This healthy salad can be served hot or cold depending on your mood, and is packed with flavor and nutrition. After trying this recipe, your taste buds will delight and your heart will sing. Before we dive into the recipe, let's take a look at the ingredients.
Why sweet potatoes?
These caramelized sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in baking and cooking today. They are high in nutritional value due to their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
They are lower in calories and have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes, making them a great choice for people with diabetes. Because of their sweet and nutty flavor, they go well with many different dishes, casseroles, and salads.
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Salad
The ingredients for this sweet potato salad recipe are pretty simple; nonetheless, they came up with a salad that is very versatile. Let's discuss what ingredients are in a hearty sweet potato salad bowl:
l Sweet Potatoes – Oven-roasted caramelized sweet potatoes are the star of this delicious salad, taking it to another level. Their crispy exterior and soft interior complement meat dishes and salads, and their texture complements meat dishes and salads.
l Baby Spinach - Arugula (optional) - Arugula has a rich, slightly bitter and grassy flavor reminiscent of the land in which it was grown. It's a leafy green vegetable that can be eaten raw in salads, sandwiches, and side dishes, as it adds a delicious spiciness to many dishes. If spinach isn't practical, feel free to substitute arugula for it.
l Walnuts – In addition to their nutritional value, walnuts add a crunchy texture to your sweet potato salad. They are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. A 100-gram serving of walnuts contains 6.7 grams of fiber, 98 mg of calcium, and 15.23 grams of protein.
l Quinoa - Quinoa is similar to couscous or bulgur, but has a unique flavor and texture when cooked. It can be cooked like oatmeal, used like rice, or used as a pasta substitute, especially in salad dishes.
l Pomegranate – Pomegranate is considered the best salad fruit. Its sweet and tangy flavor blends well with the other ingredients to create a delicious combination of fruits and vegetables.
l Lemon Zest - Spicy and salty.
l Extra virgin olive oil – A good quality extra virgin or avocado oil works well.
l Lemon Juice - Squeeze a fresh lemon for a refreshing kiss.
l Honey – as a natural sweetener.
l Salt and pepper – Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper are perfect.
Sweet Potato Salad Recipe
This salad is made by roasting sweet potatoes, then combining them with a range of delicious and healthy ingredients to create a delicious salad you'll want to make year-round. Without further ado, let's learn how to make this delicious salad.
l 4 sweet potatoes
l ¾ cup walnuts (crushed)
l ½ cup pomegranate seeds
l 1 cup quinoa
l 2 cups vegetable broth/water
l 6 tablespoons. chopped fresh parsley
l 1 cup spinach
l 2 shallots
For the dressing:
l 1 teaspoon lemon zest
l 2 teaspoons lemon juice
l 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
l 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
1. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Cut the sweet potatoes into small cubes and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and bake the potatoes for 25-30 minutes.
3. While the sweet potatoes are roasting in the oven, combine the vegetable broth/water with the rinsed quinoa in a small saucepan. Once it starts to boil, let the quinoa cook for a few minutes. Use vegetable stock to taste.
4. Peel the pomegranate and remove the seeds.
5. Prepare the dressing and soak for a few minutes - taste to make sure the flavors are balanced - adjust if necessary.
6. Season the quinoa, baby spinach, pomegranate, and sweet potatoes for the desired texture when baked. (You can use any salad dressing you like).
7. Add chopped onion and chopped parsley to finish the dish.
Why Pomegranate Sweet Potato Quinoa Spinach Salad?
Every bite turns into an explosion of sweetness with a fascinating contrast of textures. Pomegranate, spinach and quinoa are the most prominent ingredients. Still, you can taste sweet potatoes and walnuts.
Consuming pomegranates can be very beneficial as this fruit is known to have antioxidant and antiviral properties. It is also known for its powerful antioxidant properties that benefit the heart, blood vessels and skin, making it an anti-aging food. Pomegranate improves skin elasticity and firmness, making it ideal for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Quinoa seeds are a grain-like plant grown for their edible properties. It is a rich source of plant-based protein. Not only is it a great source of protein, but it is also a good source of fiber and iron, and is rich in magnesium.
I know how you feel about healthy eating, but you have to try this. This salad has lively flavor and texture, but you'll also get plenty of antioxidants and vitamins. I promise this will be a new favorite.
WHAT ARE THE BEST POTATOES?
When choosing a sweet potato, make sure it has firm, smooth skin. Avoid
wrinkled, cracked or soft spots on potatoes. They don't last long. Also avoid
sweet potatoes, which are green under the s