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Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing

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Salads are only worth eating if they’re going to fill you up and make you feel amazing. This sweet potato and quinoa salad does exactly that. Drizzle with a good helping of creamy sesame dressing and you’ve got a perfect lunch or dinner.

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I am loving the summer salads right now. It makes me so happy when I eat a salad that makes me feel full and puts a smile on my face.

So far this summer I’ve been obsessing over this super simple pasta salad with an incredible balsamic dressing and this smoky aubergine salad but those two might just be about to be overtaken by this filling, healthy and vibrant salad.

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I can only eat salads that are mainly carbs and dressings. I mean I could eat the mainly leafy ones if I really had to but ideally I want ones that fill me up for hours and taste amaaaazing. No more boring salads!

As much as I’m normally a carbs and cheese kinda gal I do have a tendency towards craving salads as soon as the weather gets warm. And it has been warm recently although it’s been storms and rain today, British weather…go figure.

Roasted sweet potato for Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing recipe

Jar of sesame dressing with a spoon on a blue background

Storms in the UK are mostly like all other weather in the UK, half-hearted and unremarkable but for once the storms in London have been pretty epic. I can’t remember the last time I saw full on bolts of lightening across the sky here but that’s what we were getting on Saturday night and I find it all pretty exciting.

Stormy weather aside though it’s been pretty pleasant and I’ve got fingers firmly crossed for a hot and beautiful summer full of fun outdoor activities (and by this I obviously mean barbecues, picnics and drinking in beer gardens) and delicious summer salads.

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So this sweet potato and quinoa salad then. My approach to salad is basically like one of those games you play as a kid where each person draws a body part and folds the page over until you end up with a full drawing of a person. I take a random selection of all my favourite ingredients and throw them all into a bowl until you get what I loosely call a salad.

So, the ingredients in this quinoa salad are as follows:

  • Sweet Potato – Peeled, chopped and then roasted until gooey and delicious
  • Olive Oil
  • Chilli Powder – Feel free to switch this out for another spice if you prefer, I just love that hint of heat
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Puy Lentils and Quinoa – I used one of these ready mixed and cooked packets of grains because they make your life so much easier but if you’d prefer to cook your own grains then go right ahead 😇
  • Fresh Coriander – If you hate it then switch it for something else, I won’t be mad
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Kale – We so healthy

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for the sweet potato & quinoa salad…

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Now once you’ve got all your yummy salad ingredients tossed together in a bowl you’re going to need plenty of dressing to tie everything together. I made a sesame dressing which I honestly could eat with a spoon.

I strongly advocate for you making double this dressing recipe and storing the rest in the fridge to dip everything else you’re eating in it for the rest of time. It’s nutty and sweet and garlicky and just fills me with joy in the way only food can.

Ingredients you need to make sesame dressing:

  • Tahini – This is something that it is definitely worth keeping a stock of in your fridge at all times. It’s pretty easy to get in the UK now but if you have any issues then you can always order it right here
  • Lemon Juice
  • Maple Syrup – Again, pretty easy to get hold of but available on Amazon if you can’t find it
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Water

It really is that simple. Measure out each ingredient into a jar, pop the lid on and give it a good shake (or whisk thoroughly in a bowl) and you are ready to go.

Overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing on blue background with dressing, lemon and coriander

I like to put everything in a big bowl and then drizzle on a few tablespoons of dressing. Toss gently (and I mean gently because roasted sweet potato has a cheeky tendency to mush if you toss too hard) with the dressing so that everything is coated in a thin layer and all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Once I’ve tossed I then tip everything onto a serving platter with another good drizzle of dressing along with sesame seeds and extra coriander leaves because pretty. Obviously the final thing needs serving with plenty of dressing on the side so everyone can help themselves <—– plenty of dressing = vital to being a good host.

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Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing on a blue background with lemon in the background

If you want more happy salads like this then don’t miss all my other salad recipes!

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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS ONCE YOU’VE MADE THIS SWEET POTATO & QUINOA SALAD?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Kale Pasta with Chilli & Garlic

Use up leftover kale in this super simple pasta dish.

Two plates of kale pasta on a striped cloth and a blue background

Roasted Aubergine with Satay Sauce

Tahini is one of my favourite ingredients but if you’re not sure how to use it up why don’t you try making these roasted aubergines with a tahini satay sauce!

Platter of roasted aubergine with satay sauce on a white wooden background

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Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing

Salads are only worth eating if they're going to fill you up and make you feel amazing. This sweet potato and quinoa salad does exactly that. Drizzle with a good helping of creamy sesame dressing and you've got a perfect lunch or dinner.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 4 Sweet Potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Pinch Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 250 g Puy Lentils & Quinoa packet of ready cooked ones or cook your own
  • 250 g Kale stems removed
  • Bunch Fresh Coriander stems removed, plus a few extra leaves to serve
  • Sesame Seeds to serve

For the dressing

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Toss together the sweet potato, olive oil, chilli powder and a sprinkling of salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 30 minutes until softened.
  • While the potatoes are cooking whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic and a pinch of salt. Add water a few drops at a time until you reach the desired creamy consistency. Saute the kale in a few drops of oil over a medium heat until wilted.
  • Once the sweet potato is cooked place it in a large bowl with the kale, lentils & quinoa, coriander and a drizzle of dressing. Toss gently and serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, extra coriander leaves and more dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 104mg 4%
Potassium 1115mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 10g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 494%
Vitamin C 114.5%
Calcium 18.5%
Iron 26.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle
    01/06/2018 at 8:22 AM

    Those chunks of potato salas look amazing. I love that you have added quinoa for extra protein.

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2018 at 3:21 PM

      Thanks Danielle 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    01/06/2018 at 12:09 PM

    Oh My Gosh!!! Amy this recipe has my name all over it! You had me at sweet potato and quinoa but then the tahini and maple dressing has me swooning! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2018 at 3:21 PM

      Thank you Katie 🙂

  • Reply
    Marie - NotEnoughCinnamon.com
    01/06/2018 at 12:25 PM

    This salad looks SO GOOD! It has all my favorite ingredients – can’t get enough sweet potatoes, quinoa and tahini. Seriously, I eat these weekly! Your photos are gorgeous Amy 🙂

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2018 at 3:20 PM

      Thanks so much Marie!

  • Reply
    colleen kennedy
    01/06/2018 at 1:12 PM

    This. Is. Gorgeous!! Pinned! Loving everything about this salad!

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2018 at 3:20 PM

      Thanks Colleen 🙂

  • Reply
    Ann
    01/06/2018 at 1:27 PM

    This. Looks. SO. Good. I’m immediately drawn to anything with sweet potatoes, and I love the way you use them in a lighter way with this salad. The tahini dressing sounds absolutely heavenly too. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2018 at 3:20 PM

      Thank you so much Ann!

  • Reply
    Shinta Simon
    01/06/2018 at 4:04 PM

    The salad itself look so good, and the dressing sounds divine! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Amy
      02/06/2018 at 12:42 AM

      Thank you Shinta

  • Reply
    Bri
    06/06/2018 at 4:51 PM

    All my favs together:) Love the sweet potato kale combo:))

    • Reply
      Amy
      10/06/2018 at 5:50 PM

      Thanks Bri!

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