Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach and Grapes

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach, Grapes, Dried Cranberries, and Avocado | theroastedroot.net

Not yo momma’s tater salad right here, folks!

Oh hey, Hi! How was your Memorial Day Weekend?

My weekend in the Sierra Foothills was a blast and a half. Trails were hiked, drinks were drank, laughs were chuckled, I ate glutens, people.  Finished Parenthood on Netflix, started Prison Break. There were face-sized cookies, pints of ice cream, cheese wherever a cheese can go. Did I mention I’ve been eating like a ravenous under-fed teenager at.every.meal?

This is where I tell you I read a book, but I totally didn’t.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach, Grapes, Dried Cranberries, and Avocado | theroastedroot.net #vegan #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Suffice it to say, I could use a full-fledge cleanse. BUT, I’m at that pivotal point where I’ve dug pretty deep into the addictive food groups and it just seems too complicated and un-fun to edit -> undo days upon days of off-trackedness. Plus, life feels reeeeeal good when carbs are involved, can I get an amen?

 Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach, Grapes, Dried Cranberries, and Avocado | theroastedroot.net

I’ve been drumming up ways of replacing my alcohol and ice cream carbs with healthful carbs. This recipe instantly came to mind when I spotted Eating Bird Food’s Sweet Potato Salad on Pinterest. It’s one of those super filling dishes that tricks you into thinking you’re eating something naughty, when you’re really eating something nice. Carby, yet nutritious. Comforting, yet healthful.

Not swimming in mayo,

Won’t make you need a nap,

It’s crunchy,

It’s sqooshy,

It’s adult braces-friendly,

Well…kinda,

You and your friends will just love it,

Make it for all your summer picnics!

 

I can’t say I’ve ever been a uuuuuge fan of potato salad. When I was younger, I wouldn’t touch it on account of all the mayo. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to appreciate a great homemade potato salad, but to be quite honest, this is the first potato salad I’ve ever made by my onesie. As you can see, it’s a pretty unconventional version.

 Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach, Grapes, Dried Cranberries, and Avocado | theroastedroot.net #vegan #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Sweet potatoes take the place of yukon potatoes. Minus the hard boiled eggs, plus some bombtastic add-ins like dried cranberries, avocado, red grapes, and spinach. It’s all tied together with just a smidge of mayonnaise (my favorite vegan mayo from Hampton Creek) and lime juice with a little sriracha kicker in right there in the back. It has all the essential elements to a tasty side dish – a little heat, a little sweet, a little cream action, and super nutritious to boot!

Obsessed with this idea of sweet potato salad, I’m thinking my next go at it should be grilled, being as it is grilling season at all. If you’re hot to trot about firing up the grill, this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from CookingLight.com has been making my mouth water!

As is the case with regular potato salad, this sweet potato salad is even better the day after you make it. Keeping this in mind, I tossed everything together except for the avocado and allowed it to sit all day before adding the avocado and tapping in.

Get your tater salad!

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach, Grapes, Dried Cranberries, and Avocado | theroastedroot.net

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Spinach and Grapes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 3 inch large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1- cubes
  • ½ small red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups red grapes halved
  • 1 large ripe but firm avocado diced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha optional
  • Pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste

Optional For Serving:

  • Goat chevre crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread the chopped sweet potato over one or two baking sheets and drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Roast for 40 to to 50 minutes or until golden-brown and cooked through, turning once half-way through baking.
  3. Remove sweet potatoes from oven, and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice, sriracha, cayenne, and salt.
  5. Add the roasted sweet potato, red onion, dried cranberries, grapes, avocado, and spinach to a large serving bowl. Pour the mayo dressing over everything and toss well to combine. Serve alongside your favorite entree.

 

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Comments

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks Lisa! It’s goat chevre – not essential to the recipe, but an absolutely delicious addition 🙂 I’ll make that note in the recipe 🙂

  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I’m glad to hear you had a nice little getaway! And apparently we both thought of sweet potatoes to help us detox from our carby gluten binges.

    I’m kind of freaking out about how perfect this looks. I love grapes almost as much as I love avocado and sweet potato so this is basically everything I need in life. Feed me!!

  2. Nora (A Clean Bake)

    Your weekend sounds like SO much fun!! I am jealous! Sometimes you just need a little indulgence – or a lot. Good thing getting back on track tastes AMAZING with salads like these!

  3. Ray Lanham

    Julia,
    How do you do it? Every recipe is a winner. I made this salad for my bride for dinner tonight but I was scared because I’m on the Whole30 eating plan and that meant that I was going to have to make the mayo and I’ve failed the three previous times I tried. Well, roasted sweet potatoes sounded so good that I took the leap and WOW!
    The fourth time was the charm on the mayo and I did a basil/garlic rendition of the basic mayo recipe and it was SPECTACULAR! All the flavors combined to make this a mouth watering delight. I did substitute dried montmorency tart cherries for the cranberries but followed all the other list of ingredients. My bride and I agreed once again, you certainly do know how to “knock it out of the park” with the recipes you share. Keep ’em coming, please.

    1. Julia Post author

      Raaaay, thanks so much for the sweet words and I’m so happy you and your bride enjoyed! So glad to hear you’ve been able to stick to the Whole30 – it’s no easy feat. Homemade basil-garlic mayo sounds fabulous – I must give that a try, myself! Have a great weekend!

  4. Joanne

    I think they key to undoing a week of crazy eating is to ease yourself back in…gently. No crazy detoxes for me, though I will take an extra bowl of this salad.

  5. Monique

    Several months ago I stumbled upon your blog. I immediately became a fan and read it in my Newsblur feed so I don’t miss anything! I made this recipe yesterday for a potluck. It was GONE! A big hit! So delicious – your recipes are amazing!

  6. Kate

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I tossed the sweet potatoes in a bit of smoked paprika and cinnamon before baking for extra flavour, yummy addition. Love all your recipes, this one is no exception!!

    1. Julia Post author

      YUUUUUUUHS! So happy you liked it, Kate!! Many thanks for letting me know and hope you had a marvelous weekend!

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