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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.

We love sweet potatoes, so we have loads of recipes for you to try if you love them too! Start with this raunchy sweet potato salad, or try these sweet potato burritos for lunch.

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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.

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Perfect pesto!

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.

If you want a traditional AND vegetarian pesto, whether green or red, check out our easy homemade basil pesto or this red pesto with sun dried tomatoes.

We hope you enjoy tucking into this roasted sweet potato salad with feta and pesto!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta & Pesto
5 from 1 vote
Looking for a tasty, healthy new way to use up some sweet potatoes? Try this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with red pesto!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes
Servings:2 servings
Calories:589kcal
Author: Abril

Ingredients

  • 9 oz sweet potato (2 medium small sweet potatoes)
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt (divided)
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • ½ clove garlic (or 1 small garlic clove)
  • 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 oz low fat feta cheese (crumbled, divided)
  • 2 oz arugula or baby spinach
  • 1 can chickpeas (1 can = 15oz = 435g)

Instructions

  • 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.

NOTES

Looking for more healthy sweet potato recipes?
Colourful Lunch Sweet Potato Burrito
Healthy & Flavourful Sweet Potato Mash
Zesty & Bright Sweet Potato & Lime Salad
Foolproof Dinner Sweet Potato & Feta Bake
Rich & Flaky Sweet Potato Veggie Wellington

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta & Pesto
Amount per Serving
Calories
589
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
15
mg
5
%
Sodium
 
2569
mg
112
%
Potassium
 
2905
mg
83
%
Carbohydrates
 
93
g
31
%
Fiber
 
22
g
92
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
30
g
60
%
Vitamin A
 
21289
IU
426
%
Vitamin C
 
34
mg
41
%
Calcium
 
220
mg
22
%
Iron
 
10
mg
56
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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