Healthy is the name of the game with this Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with crunchy apples and pecans, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and quinoa.
Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
We are getting into one of my favorite times of the year – fall. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning colors and the holidays are coming. How does this Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad sound for your table? It’s the perfect vegetarian side dish that you, your family and guests will enjoy.
The roasted sweet potatoes and crispy apples are married with a Maple Vinaigrette that will tantalize your taste buds!
There is just something about roasting veggies that I can’t get enough of. I love the caramelizing that goes on that provides great taste and really brings the recipe to a new level. It just wouldn’t taste the same with sauteeing, boiling, frying, etc.
Caramelizing your veggies takes this salad to a whole new level!
Roasting gets the edges get a little charred and the texture is crispy/tender. We enjoyed this salad freshly made (warm) but is also tastes good at room temperature or even cold the next day (maybe nestled on a bed of arugula).
What ingredients are needed for Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad?
- Sweet Potatoes
- Granny Smith Apples
- Dried Cranberries
- Olive Oil
- Apple Cider
- Red Onion
- Maple Syrup
- Dijon Mustard
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
So yes, fall is coming though I’m hoping to hold onto a bit of summer yet. The last couple of months we were so busy with plans almost every weekend and house projects. This was the year we needed to repaint and stain our deck and it was a HUGE undertaking (ugh). Just for the fun of it, I kept track of my hours and by the time it was said and done, I had 42 in!
I even took vacation days to just get ‘er done – I was that determined. Now we can enjoy sitting on the deck and not think about it again for about another 8 years. The deck floors need to be done sooner but the spindles last a long time – maybe we’ll move by then LOL.
How do you make Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad?
You will start this recipe by roasting the sweet potatoes to get them soft and caramelized. While they are roasting, make the quinoa using the apple cider as broth.
One tip is to add the dried cranberries near the end of the quinoa simmering to plump them up a bit.
In a bowl, add the cooled quinoa with the other ingredients. The vinaigrette is made in a food processor and drizzled over the salad. This can be served warm or cold.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 133mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 37g Protein: 3g
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