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Sweet Potato & Feta Salad with Pomegranate & Pecans

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta and Pomegranate

This bright and colourful sweet potato salad makes a delicious salad that is perfect for entertaining. It can easily be part of your festive or holiday menu this year.

(This was originally posted in November 2017, it has been updated to improve reader experience).

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 sweet potato salad is a great dish to take along to a Christmas party or BBQ (for those of us in the southern hemisphere) or to enjoy as part of your thanksgiving feast if you are celebrating thanksgiving in your part of the world.

One of the challenges of having a recipe website that caters to a variety different countries and seasons is trying to have recipes that suit a variety of audiences, luckily this salad is suits most of you at this time of year!

Close up of Sweet Potato Salad- Vertical photo with big green salad green at front of photo

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.

Such fond memories 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.

Birdseye view of sweet potato salad in a platter on white background.

How to make this Sweet Potato Salad……

  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 Tbsp 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.
  8. Top with feta and fresh mint.
  9. Add more salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with extra olive oil if desired.

Additional Tips

  • 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.
  • This salad should keep covered for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • I have used beetroot greens but any greens can be used in this salad such as kale, spinach or rocket.
  • I have used greek goats feta to keep this recipe cows milk free for those with a cows milk dairy intolerance. If this doesn’t apply to you then cows milk feta could also be used but it doesn’t have the same crumbly texture.
  • 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.
  • The nutrition information below is based on serving 6 people.

Other salad recipes you might like:

Beetroot & Avocado Quinoa Salad with Spiced Walnuts & Mint

Hot Smoked Salmon Salad with Egg & Mustard Potatoes

Roasted Pumpkin, Chickpea and Sundried Tomato Salad

Some gluten free Christmas Treats you might like to try:

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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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. (source)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 6

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 14 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 cows milk free for those with a cows milk dairy intolerance. If this doesn't apply to you then 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.

This nutritional information is an estimate only and is provided as a courtesy to readers. It was auto-generated based on serving size, number of servings, and typical information for the ingredients listed in the recipe card. Please feel free to use your preferred nutrition calculator. Please consult your doctor about any specific dietary requirements.

Note 4 - The nutrition information below is based on serving 6 people.

Tags

Cuisines
American
Occasions
Christmas
Thanksgiving
Courses
Salad
Side
Lunch
Dinner
Cooking
Roasting
Diet
vegetarian
lacto vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
sesame free
mustard free
seafood free

Nutrition

Calories

430 cal

Fat

25 g

Carbs

48 g

Protein

6 g
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