Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

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Not sure if this is officially a “salad” but I don’t know what else to call it besides, maybe, “Fall in a Bowl?” But I’m reserving that title for my Overnight Steel Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. So Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad it is.

I was inspired today to make an Unprocessed Lunch using whatever I could find in my pantry for the #October Unprocessed Challenge. I think too many people see unprocessed food as a hassle and therefore choose more processed options out of desperation for a quick meal.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Really! It doesn’t!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - steam

That dish up there took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish and I stopped to photograph and take notes! Sure, there was a little prep involved —cutting a some onion, a potato and measuring out a few spices is all I can think of— but that’s the fun part! At least it should be fun.

Anyway, fun or not, this came out tasty! Next time I might add a touch of honey to bring out more of the sweet potato’s natural sweetness but I wanted to share how I made it today as a base recipe…Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

  • 1/4 of a large sweet onion chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (86g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Kosher Salt

Heat a pot over medium-high and spray with non-stick cooing spray. Add the onion and potato, sprinkle liberally with salt and brown.

Add the water, spices, a pinch of salt and quinoa. (If you want to had 1/2 tbsp if honey, I’d do it here.)

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - before

Bring to a boil and continue to boil uncovered for about 5 minute until the potato softens.

Cover and lower to a simmer.

Continue to simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the remaining liquid is absorbed.

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - after

Separate into 2 equal sized portions and enjoy!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - 2 servings

The creamy sweet potato texture was amazing with the quinoa. Such a fun combination!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - close up

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 recipe ~2 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
230 3g 6g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 0g 44g 7g
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12 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Stacey

    I just made a pot of this today and doubled the recipe so I would have left overs. So glad I did! This is yummy and perfect for Fall weather. The house smells amazing too!

  2. Kristina

    I have done something similar to this. I usually cook up about 2 cups of quinoa once a week or so and use this precooked quinoa as a base. I would then roast veggies sweet potatoes with honey and spices, stir into reheated quinoa and season.

  3. Janice

    I just made this! I doubled the recipe except used one sweet potato and a big pile of fresh pineapple chunks. I sauteed the pineapple with the onions and potato- came out excellent!

  4. Lori

    I liked this recipe but my husband and kids wouldn’t eat it. My 12 year old tried it at least. I feel like I need to cook five different meals each night in order to satisfy the troops!

  5. Caroline

    Made this tonight and everyone ate it! Rare in our house for all 3 kids to like something. I just added a pinch of cayenne pepper. It was delicious.

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