This is one of my all-time favorite salads! It makes a great addition to any holiday or special occasion dinner. If you cook sweet potato year round like I do, you can whip this salad up in a flash. The flavors that come together are amazing and satisfying.
You can easily prep the sweet potatoes ahead of time if you plan to have this salad during the week.
Peel and cube the potatoes and toss with olive oil. Add salt & pepper to taste and powdered ginger. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil and roast in oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir and roast an additional 10 minutes or until they become golden brown. Leave on pan to cool to room temperature. Potatoes can be refrigerated in a sealed plastic container.
I always have to make extra, because my kiddos’ love these hot out of the oven. It’s really the only way I get them to eat sweet potatoes!
When ready to serve or pack for lunch the next day, add baby spinach, pecans, cranberries and goat cheese! You can even add leftover Thanksgiving Turkey to this salad to create a hearty meal. Enjoy!
3 Large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
½ teaspoon of powdered ginger
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt & pepper to taste
1 Container of pre-washed baby spinach
1 cup of sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup of coarsely chopped pecans
5 ounces of goat cheese crumbles (optional)
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ cup walnut oil
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