Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

I'm not the type of person to get super pumped about a salad.  That's not to say I don't like them, I just don't usually love them the way some people do.
What it really comes down to is that I like carbs.  The heavy, dense, complex ones.

Quite frankly, a meal just doesn't feel complete without at least 1 potato.  So a salad with a potato in it seemed like a pretty good compromise to me.

Add in some quinoa and you're practically a health food guru.
2 sweet potatoes
2 tsp. ginger
olive oil
salt & pepper
mixed greens
1/4 c. sesame sticks
1/4 c. quinoa, cooked and cooled
parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper
vinaigrette or sesame salad dressing

1.  Preheat the oven to 375˚.  Peel and cube the sweet potatoes.  Toss with ginger, olive oil and salt & pepper.  Bake for 20-30 minutes (tossing 2 or 3 times).  Test doneness with a fork.  Set aside to cool.

2.  Assemble your salad by layering greens, sesame sticks, sweet potatoes and quinoa.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.

3.  Toss with a vinaigrette or a sesame salad dressing.

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