Healthy Quinoa Roasted Sweet Potato and Beetroot Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecan Nuts
To keep my diet super-rich and loaded with nutrients, I love having healthy salad ideas on the table. For me, salads are a complete package that can be prepared in wide varieties. This roasted sweet potato and beetroot salad is one such example; it has everything healthy to complete your meal. The combination of roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, cranberries, and salad greens is a perfect fit for anyone wanting to prepare a plant-based vegan dish. Let’s harness the benefits of this healthy salad and adorn our dinner tables with a platter full of refreshing color and a wide variety of nutrients.
Quinoa: The Nutritious Whole Grain
Quinoa is a versatile seed that is very similar to a grain and complements this salad well. This basic ingredient has several health advantages. Firstly, it is a gluten-free source of carbohydrates and whole proteins, which means that quinoa is packed with all nine essential amino acids that we need 1. Quinoa is also known as a superfood due to its rich content and low glycemic index 2. People who are as health conscious as me can have this nutritious whole grain as a promising source of clean energy.
Mouth Pleasing Roasted Sweet Potatoes
It always rings an alarm in my mind whenever I ought to add a starchy vegetable to my meal. The same was the case when I first found about the sweet potato in this salad; the high carb fears instantly took over. But to my surprise, sweet potatoes are quite healthy and make the perfect fit for this vegan salad with quinoa, as they are a good source of antioxidants and lots of fiber. The fiber is capable of improving gut health and its internal biome 3. Sweet potatoes can improve heart health and reduce insulin resistance, whereas Beta carotene in these potatoes provides vitamin A to the body 4.
Pecans: In a nutshell!
Pecans are another reason why I find this beet and sweet potato salad healthy. It complements all the flavors, adds much-needed crunch, and increases the nutritional value of this salad. It is known for its antioxidant properties, and provides vitamin E and A along with calcium, zinc, folic and magnesium 5. Adding pecans to this quinoa salad is a great way to incorporate many essential micronutrients into your diet.
The Greens We Need
There are several varieties of edible greens that you can choose for this salad, such as spring mix lettuces and kale. I have used fresh kale leaves to make a refreshing combination with sweet potatoes, beets, and quinoa. Kale is a rich source of vitamins K, A, and C, and it can add much-needed iron, magnesium, and calcium to the diet 6.
I hope you enjoy this salad! If you love this salad, I have other delicious salad recipes you should check out. I am also open to any and all feedback in the comments! Thanks for reading!
- Is Quinoa Good for You? Everything You Need to Know About the Superfood – Everyday Health
- Quinoa 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits – Healthline
- 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes – Healthline
- What’s to know about sweet potatoes? – Medical News Today
- 9 Health Benefits of Pecans That’ll Make You Go Nuts – Good Housekeeping
- Kale: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts – Live Science
Roasted Sweet Potato and Beetroot Salad
- 1/2 cup Quinoa
- 1 medium Sweet Potato peeled and diced
- 2 cups Beet peeled and diced
- 1 medium Apple diced
- 1/4 cup Red Onion finely diced
- 3 ounces Salad Greens Spinach, Kale, Spring Mix, etc.
- 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup Pecans chopped
- 1/4 cup Feta Cheese optional
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Olive Oil for roasting vegetables
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil for dressing
- 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Mustard
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Cook quinoa in a rice cooker or according to package directions.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Toss diced beet and sweet potato in olive oil in separate bowls.
- Toss cinnamon with the diced sweet potato.
- Bake sweet potato and beet for 25 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile prepare dressing. Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.
- In a large bowl, toss together sweet potato, quinoa, greens, beets, apple, cranberries, feta, and pecans. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.