This Sweet Potato Beet Salad with date balsamic dressing is the perfect fall salad, plus it’s packing some great nutrition! Gluten-free, paleo, and vegan.
So I felt it was about time I share another salad with you all. I’ve been baking up a storm on the weekends and my freezer is getting a tad full. Not to mention I’ve been sharing some sweeter recipes lately and I wanted to balance that out a bit. I definitely eat more than just cookies and snack bars. It may not look like it through the blog, but I promise I do!
^^ ALL THE COLORS.
I eat a salad almost every day. Typically a huge one for lunch with lots of toppings. Salads are a fantastic way to get more greens in. And the flavor combinations one can create are virtually endless. Plus, when you invest in an Inspiralizer*, spiralizing sweet potatoes are an absolute MUST.
Well and then you stir-fry em for a bit because they’re extra delicious that way. But seriously I highly suggest a getting a spiralizer if you don’t have one. I spiralized the shit out of that sweet potato in seconds. Way safer than cutting them, at least if you’re me… he… hehe.
And I know some may turn their noses up at the beets (like my 15 year old self) but I seriously enjoy them on salads like these. Sweet potatoes and beets are a killer combo. Or you could just be shaking your head at me like I’m crazy, which is cool too. I’m already well aware I like strange combos sometimes.
Can we at least agree on the fact that pumpkin seeds on salads are da bomb? They add a lovely crunch that I can’t get enough of. Plus, they are packed with some serious nutrients, like magnesium and zinc for immune support (source). Winter will be here before we know it, so I say the more foods you can eat to boost your immune system, the better!
And I also threw in a new favorite dressing combo. I kind of love balsamic on anything. But I am seeing dates pop up left and right in the blogosphere and Pinterest. So I played around with a balsamic date dressing that I think is my new love. It is slightly reminiscent of this dressing, but even simpler. Just balsamic vinegar, EVOO, 1 date, and stone ground mustard for some extra taste if you wish. I rarely buy salad dressing anymore because making your own is really just too simple.
This Sweet Potato Beet Salad with date balsamic dressing is the perfect fall salad, plus packs some great nutrition! Gluten-free, paleo, and vegan!
- 6 cups mixed greens
- 1 medium sweet potato, spiralized (or chopped)
- 4 small cooked beets, sliced (I used “Love Beets“)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 3 TBS balsamic vinegar
- 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 date, soaked & pitted
- 1 tsp stoneground mustard (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Spiralize or chop sweet potato and cook on stove top until soft.
- While the sweet potato is cooking, make your dressing.
Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pitted date, mustard, and salt & pepper in a small blender and process until smooth. (You may end up with some date chunks, I kept mine in the dressing.)
- Once sweet potato is done cooking, allow to cool slightly.
- Toss mixed greens, sweet potato, beets, and dressing in a large bowl. Top with pumpkin seeds and serve.
-I used Ali’s The Inspiralizer, but chopping the sweet potatoes is also fine.
I think this Sweet Potato Beet salad would go wonderfully with Thanksgiving dinner… Maybe if you don’t have a family of beet-haters. I have a feeling my family would NOT go for this. But they put up with my healthy ways because they love me. Or at least that is what I tell myself.
BEETS?! Yay or nay?
Have you spiralized a sweet potato?? I think I had way too much fun trying out different fruits and veggies 😉
Hope you are all having a great Sunday!
P.S. Did you know beets are a great source of vitamin C? Great for boosting your immunity with flu season upon us. Just sayin’ 😉
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If you love beets (or even if you don’t), check out some of these creative recipes incorporating beets>>
Healthy Marinated Beet and Apple Salad [gluten-free] -Cotter Crunch
Roasted Beet, Arugala, Goat Cheese & Honey Crostini -Gimme Some Oven
Beet + Quinoa Veggie Burger -Simply Quinoa
Sneaky Beet Brownies -Fit Foodie Finds
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