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Sweet Potato & Feta Salad with Pomegranate & Pecans

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta and Pomegranate

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad with Pomegranate and Pecans – This bright and colourful sweet potato salad is perfect for the festive table or to enjoy any time of year.

Cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes bring a mild sweetness to this salad that goes perfectly alongside crunchy greens, creamy goats feta and pecans; all balanced nicely by the sharpness of the brightly coloured pomegranates.

This salad is a great dish to take along to a Christmas party or BBQ (for those in the southern hemisphere) or to enjoy as part of your Christmas feast.

The busy season is nearly in full swing and in true kiwi fashion all of a sudden it is hot! Only on my last post I noted (with slight despair) the wet year we have had  – those feelings are long forgotten after a week of glorious hot weather!

Summer is finally nearly here and I love the excitement that it brings along with visions of BBQs, camping and days at the beach.

I do love a white Christmas and after living in the UK in my twenties I really appreciate how cosy, cheery and well Christmasy a white Christmas can be when the weather is chilly. Not to mention the joy of eating delicious warm comforting food, getting rugged up in jackets, hats and gloves or sitting by the fire and sipping on mulled wine. All so cosy!

However being a kiwi Christmas will always mean summer to me and the summery things that accompany a kiwi Christmas are special memories for me. Wearing shorts and jandals or your new summer dress on Christmas day, playing barefoot in the grass as a child with your new toys, sipping cold drinks, snoozing in the shade after you have enjoyed your Christmas feast or heading to the beach for a swim.

In both hemispheres Christmas is equally special but so different they cannot really be compared.

Anyhow back to the recipe…..

This sweet potato salad can be served with the sweet potatoes warm or cold making it a great option for whatever season Christmas may be for you.

If you are looking for another festive salad for your Christmas table you may like to try:
Beetroot & Avocado Quinoa Salad with Spiced Walnuts & Mint

For other gluten free Christmas treats you may like:
Cranberry & Chocolate Truffles – G.F/Paleo/Vegan
Raw Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites – G.F/Paleo/Vegan
Cranberry & Cacao Chip Oat Cookies – G.F/D.F

I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Have a lovely week!

Hope

Love Food Nourish Nutrition Tips

I have used beetroot leaves in this salad as we currently have a big crop of beetroot about to be harvested in the garden. Beet leaves often discarded but they really are a great addition to any meal, they are not only crisp and tasty but also very nutritious! They are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2. Beet leaves are also a great source of iron, just 1 cup of beet greens can give you 15% of the daily recommended intake of iron which is pretty impressive! If you can’t get your hands on some beetroot leaves any greens can be used in this salad such as spinach, kale or rocket.

Serves 4

Sweet Potato & Feta Salad with Pomegranate & Pecans

Delicious cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes on a bed of greens, topped by feta, pecans, pomegranate and mint.

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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5 based on 3 review(s)

Ingredients

    Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
  • 600 gm /1.3 lb orange sweet potato or kumara (approx 2 medium sized )
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Salad
  • 100 gm /3.5 oz of spinach or other leafy greens* See notes
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 pomegranate seeds/arils removed
  • 1/2 cup goats feta (approx 55gm/2 oz)cut into small cubes or crumbs.
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra olive oil to drizzle over top if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/430°F
  2. Peel and wash the sweet potato and cut into large cubes.
  3. In a large bowl place the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon to coat the sweet potatoes. Place the sweet potatoes into the marinade in the bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes then flip the potatoes over and bake for another 10-15 minutes until tender and golden brown.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are cooking prepare the rest of the salad.
  6. Add 1/2 Tbspn olive oil to a medium frying pan, add the pecans and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Turn regularly.
  7. Assemble the salad in a large bowl or platter. Add greens to the bottom layer, topped by the sweet potato then the red onion, pecans and pomegranate seeds. Top with feta and fresh mint. Add more salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with extra olive oil if desired.

Notes

Note 1 - I have used beetroot greens but any greens can be used in this salad such as kale, spinach or rocket. Note 2 - I have used greek goats feta to keep this recipe dairy free, cows milk feta could also be used but it doesn't have the same crumbly texture. Note 3 - This would serve 2-3 as a standalone dish, 4-6 as a standard side dish or approx 8-10 as part of a Christmas feast. Note 4 - The nutrition information below is based on serving 4 people.

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Calories
430 cal
Fat
25 g
Carbs
48 g
Protein
6 g


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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    November 29, 2017 at 9:36 am I'd probably eat salads more if they looked as incredibly colorful as yours do!!! Cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, here-I-come!
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      Hope Pearce
      November 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm Thank you Tina! Yes the cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes are pretty moreish!
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    Linda
    November 29, 2017 at 9:39 am This salad looks so full of color and taste! I love how you put different flavors and elements together, I am sure it is great for holiday time!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm Thank you so much Linda!
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    Joyce
    November 29, 2017 at 9:58 am That is such a awesome salad! Sweet, salty and crunchy all in one biteful! I rarely eat salads but I will definitely be making this one - happy I can be somewhat healthy for the holidays! haha :) I envy your summery Christmas! I'm in Canada and our Christmas usually involves -30 weather, with lots of ice and a gazillion feet of snow. haha
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      Hope Pearce
      November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm Thanks Joyce! Oh wow -30 that sounds cold!! I bet is beautiful though and nice and cosy once you are inside, you will have to try a summery Christmas one day :)
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    Lisa Bynum
    November 29, 2017 at 10:34 am I love a salad with some substance to it. All those tastes and textures make you forget you are eating something healthy!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm I agree Lisa!
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    Dana
    November 29, 2017 at 10:52 am I love fall salads like this! Especially with warm roasted veggies tossed in. This almost makes me want to skip tacos tonight and opt for salad. (Almost! ;) )
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm Warm roasted veggies are so good in salads aren't they? I hope you enjoy your tacos :)
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    Jenni Lane
    November 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm Hi Hope, That def looks like a xmas salad ..yum Jen :-)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm Hi Jen, Thank you! xx
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    Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    December 4, 2017 at 4:25 am It's a refreshing salad recipe.. Love the idea of baking the sweet potatoes with cinnamon and then using them in the salad!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm Thank you Deepika! Yes the cinnamon gives the sweet potatoes a great flavour :)
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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    December 5, 2017 at 7:59 am I love loaded salads like this! This is so pretty and festive with the pomegranate arils and I love that creamy feta.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm Thanks Emily! I'm so glad you like it :)
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    Lindsey Dietz
    December 5, 2017 at 9:46 am Pomegranate seeds and pecans are EVERYTHING.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm They are so good together aren't they? :)
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    Renee
    December 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm Enjoy your hot weather! I'm in Michigan in the US which means we get snow for Christmas ;) I love warm sweet potatoes on salads - this one looks great!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm Thank you Renee! We have had a year of pretty terrible weather so the sunshine is very welcome! I bet its lovely to have snow for Christmas!
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    linda spiker
    December 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm What a gorgeous salad! Root veggies are the best!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm Thank you Linda!
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    Jean
    December 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm I love hearty salads like this one and it looks so comforting and delicious. Especially with the addition of pecans.. YUM.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:09 pm Thanks Jean, yes I love hearty salads too, you won't go hungry after this one :)
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    Joni Gomes
    December 6, 2017 at 4:29 am Love sweet potatoes in salads! Really pretty and filling!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm They do fill you up nicely don't they? Thanks Joni :)
  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    December 6, 2017 at 4:57 am I love how you can pretty much add anything to a salad and it's delicious! Haha. This one has a few of my favorites in it. :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm Thanks Raia! Yes I agree, I love loading up my salads with a bit of this and that :)
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    Yang
    December 6, 2017 at 6:00 am I agree a white Christmas brings all the cozy feelings, but I would love some sunshine this time of the year :) The salad is so festive looking. Oh, by the way, what is kumera?
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm Thanks Yang, I hope you do manage to get some sunshine even if you do have snow :) Kumara is what we call sweet potato in New Zealand, it comes from the Maori name kūmara.
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    Carrie Forrest
    December 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm What an incredible looking salad, I must have it in my belly now. Love it!
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