Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta and Pesto
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This roasted sweet potato salad recipe is a vibrant and flavourful dish that makes a perfect weeknight dinner.
Spinach and chickpeas are tossed in a (surprisingly simple!) homemade red pesto, served with roasted sweet potatoes, and sprinkled with low fat feta. Salads don’t get much better than this!
The fresh roasted sweet potatoes make this a warm sweet potato salad, but you can serve it as a cold sweet potato salad the next day!
What’s more, you can make the salad while you roast the potatoes, so the whole thing can be ready in just 35 minutes.
Health Benefits of Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Although less popular than their pale counterpart, sweet potatoes have a much more distinct flavour and an impressive array of nutritional benefits. They are also just as versatile, if not more so.
Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, low in fat and very fibrous. Fibre promotes gut health as well as aiding weight loss, as high fibre foods keep you feeling fuller for longer.
That high fibre content, as well as the 25g of filling protein per serving of this sweet potato bowl, makes it a great addition to a vegetarian weight loss meal plan.
Sweet potatoes are also high in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps your immune system function and is vital to maintaining good eye health.
Other healthy components!
In this roasted sweet potato salad feta makes a lovely topping which adds a bit of salty tang as well as some important protein. We stick to low fat feta in order to keep calories down, but you are welcome to use normal feta if you prefer!
Fresh spinach provides 1 of your 5 a day, as well as all the myriad healthy nutrients of that incredible leafy green – iron, vitamin K, magnesium , to name just a handful.
This is also a sweet potato chickpea salad – we added the chickpeas for extra protein and fibre, among many other health benefits.
Pesto is the standout star of this roasted sweet potato salad. Although you may be used to buying pesto in a jar, once you have made homemade pesto, you’ll never look back!
This recipe is an untraditional pesto made of walnuts, sun dried tomato and feta. Traditional pesto often contains parmesan (which usually includes rennet) making it a no-go for vegetarians.
We hope you enjoy tucking into this roasted sweet potato salad with feta and pesto!
- Preheat the oven to 480F / 250С.
- Place sweet potatoes peeled and cut in half on a baking sheet, rub with ½ tsp salt and a little oil. Bake for 30 minutes. A knife should easily go through them at the end.9 oz sweet potato, 1 ¼ tsp salt
- While the potatoes are baking, prepare the red pesto. In the bowl of a food processor add walnuts, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ cup water and 1 oz of low fat feta. Pulse until you have a creamy texture with some little pieces of cheese and walnuts. Reserve until needed.2 tbsp walnuts, ½ clove garlic, 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil, 2 oz low fat feta cheese
- In a salad bowl mix the arugula (or spinach), chickpeas and the pesto. Add a little water if the pesto is too thick to mix nicely with the veggies.2 oz arugula or baby spinach, 1 can chickpeas
- Serve salad with sweet potatoes on the side and finish with remaining feta.