It’s the day after Christmas, and food is quite possibly the farthest thing from my mind. Among other holiday indulgences, I’ve eaten more cookies than I’d like to admit and I’m, well, full. But the holiday season is still a week from over, so I (Jeanine) think it’s the perfect time for a healthy reprieve…

I love roasted sweet potatoes… don’t they make the perfect addition to a winter salad?

This one has been a favorite lately. Hearty roasted sweet potatoes tossed with tangy feta, sweet pomegranate seeds & toasted pistachios. It’s festive enough to bring to a holiday potluck, but simple enough to throw together for a weeknight dinner (and also lunch the following day if you make a little extra).

photos by Love & Lemons

Sweet Potato & Pomegranate Salad

serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side

Ingredients:

salad components:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed, plus olive oil, salt & pepper for roasting
  • 2 cups baby salad greens (baby kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios, toasted & chopped
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 chopped scallions, white and green parts

dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Roast the sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Chop the sweet potato into bite sized cubes. Drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until they start to edges start to turn a darker brown.
  2. Make the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt & pepper. Taste & adjust. Set aside.
  3. Assemble all salad ingredients, toss lightly in the dressing.

12 comments
  1. 1
    Elizabeth | December 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Looks delicious and fresh–something I need after all this eating over the holidays!

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

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  2. 2
    Camille Styles | December 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I cannot WAIT to try this one… thinking about adding mint instead of cilantro, and maybe a creamy goat cheese instead of the feta since that’s what I have on hand. Will let you know how the substitutions go! Thanks for the beautiful and healthy recipe to kickoff healthy post-holiday eating, Jeanine!

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  3. 3
    Vanessa Larson | December 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this – it seems like the perfect healthy reprieve from the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. 4
    Sarah (Note to Self) | December 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this – even if it’s just for the eye candy alone!

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  5. 5
    Karen | January 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Sweet potatoes are so great in salads, and that incredible orange color pops with fresh things like greens and red, red pomegranate seeds. Love it.

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  6. 6
    Bianka | January 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I made this salad for a family gathering! It was a great success! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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  7. 7
    margarita kouvatsou | November 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    My new favourite dish!

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