We eat a lot of entree salads in the summer because they are light and fresh and can be prepared without heating up the kitchen when it’s so hot outside. However, in the Fall, when the temperature begins to dip, I tend to relegate salad to a side dish and to prepare richer, heartier meals such as soups, roasts, etc., instead. The exception to my Fall meal plan is a Quick And Easy Hearty Sweet Potato Salad. It can be on the table in 30 minutes, it’s packed with colorful autumnal ingredients, and it’s substantial enough to serve as an entree. The key to making this salad quickly is using pre-cut sweet potato cubes, which are readily available in most grocery store produce departments nowadays.
Quick And Easy Hearty Sweet Potato Salad
- 1 1/2 lbs. Sweet potato cubes
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup Sherry or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 4 oz. Baby arugula
- 1/2 cup Halved pecans toasted
- 4 oz. Crumbled goat cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place sweet potato cubes on a sheet pan. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and toss until the potatoes are fully coated. Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning once until tender and slightly browned.
While the potatoes are roasting, make the vinaigrette by combining the sherry vinegar, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and the extra virgin olive oil. Wisk together until thick and emulsified.
Place arugula in a salad bowl. Add the roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and goat cheese. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well. Serve immediately while the sweet potatoes are still warm.
As an entree, I like to serve this salad with a crusty piece of garlic toast. However, the beautiful autumnal colors and flavors in this salad also make it a perfect side salad for your Thanksgiving dinner.
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