Roasted Sweet Potato Arugula Salad

by Alena

This easy vegan roasted sweet potato arugula salad is versatile, flavorful and bursting with color! Perfect for seasonal dinners or meal prep.

Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite veggies ever! They can be added to sweet or savory recipes and taste especially well in fresh green salads!

Heavenly roasted sweet potato cubes, fresh arugula, protein-packed beans, crunchy fresh veggies and a simple homemade sauce join forces to create one fantastic and flavorful plant-based dinner.

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This sweet potato arugula salad is the perfect example of how you can make salad the main occasion by using really hearty ingredients!

If you love sweet potato recipes, don’t miss out on our oil-free sweet potato fries, vegan sweet potato smoothie bowl and these crispy vegan croquettes.

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Recipe overview

  • Customizable & budget-friendly
  • Versatile, colorful and bursting with nutrients
  • Creamy, crunchy and everything in between
  • Perfect for meal prep and to-go lunches
  • Savory, satiating and exciting
  • An explosion of flavors and textures

You know you’re about to make a really good salad if it features roasted sweet potatoes and earthy lima beans!

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Ingredients needed

  • Sweet Potatoes — cozily spiced, they are baked to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • Lima Beans — anything from navy beans to chickpeas tastes great in this salad.
  • Bell pepper, radishes & onion — our crunchy and flavorful veggies of choice to spice this salad up nicely and add lots of color and nutrition.
  • Arugula — balances out the sweetness from the potatoes.
  • Creamy balsamic date dressing

Find the exact amounts in the recipe card below and feel free to adjust the ratios to your preference!

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How to make sweet potato arugula salad

Preheat your oven and get your ingredients ready by draining, washing and chopping them

Toss the sweet potato cubes with spices and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes.

Combine all raw veggies in a large salad bowl and mix them with a wooden spoon.

Make the dressing by adding mustard, vinegar, pitted dates, soy milk, salt and cayenne to a blender. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste preferences.

Remove the roasted sweet potato cubes once they have become slightly brown, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Put them on top of your veggies in the bowl.

Add canned beans and dressing and combine all ingredients well with a spoon.

Enjoy warm and add any toppings of your choice such as nuts, seeds or avocado!

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Storage & serving suggestions

Any leftovers can be stored in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 4 days. If making this sweet potato salad as part of your meal prep, store the dressing separately from the other components and add it just before serving.

Enjoy this sweet potato arugula salad on its own, with some baked tortilla chips, grilled cheese sandwich or lentil carrot soup.

It can also be paired with bread or made heartier by adding pre-cooked grains like quinoa, bulgur or farro.

Tips for this recipe

Dressing ideas

A lot of vegan dressings taste fantastic with this salad! Here are more ideas:

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Other adjustments

Feel free to use any leafy greens like spinach, romaine or lettuce, instead of arugula for this salad.

Top with fresh herbs, roasted beans, pumpkin seeds, fruit, avocado or croutons if you like!

If you don’t have a blender to make the dressing, swap the dates for 1 tablespoon maple syrup.

Feel free to roast the onion instead of eating it raw.

More vegan salads

Enjoy more delicious plant-based meals by making some of the following recipes!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Arugula Salad

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Cozily spiced roasted sweet potato salad with fresh arugula, hearty beans and a quick 3-ingredient sweet mustard dressing. This versatile plant-based lunch or dinner is really easy to make, delicious and bursts with color and nutrients! Perfect for meal prep, to-go lunches and weeknight dinners.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed (600 g)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula (40 g), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup canned lima beans (260 g), drained
  • 1 batch balsamic date dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F (180 °C) and line a small baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Toss the sweet potato cubes with paprika, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and a good pinch of salt and pepper, then arrange them in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast for around 25-30 minutes until the sweet potatoes are nicely browned and fork-tender. You may want to give them a stir halfway through to help them roast evenly.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, combine your onion, bell peppers, radishes, arugula and lima beans in a large salad bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Assemble your sweet potato lima bean salad by topping your raw veggie mixture with freshly baked sweet potato cubes. Drizzle with the dressing and mix with a spoon.
  6. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for a couple of hours. If you want to make this salad in advance, store the dressing separately and pour it over the salad right before eating.

Notes

  • We adding some fruit like chopped apples, pears or dates in this salad!
  • Optional toppings include sliced avocado, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and walnuts.
  • If you don’t have any dates to make the dressing, use one tablespoon of maple syrup instead.
  • Fresh and dried herbs like basil or thyme taste lovely in this salad, too.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 627mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 23gSugar: 26gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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