Mediterranean Sweet Potato Salad

 Mediterranean Sweet Potato Salad

This Mediterranean Sweet Potato Salad is a vibrant and nutritious dish, perfect for a light lunch or a flavorful side. Roasted sweet potatoes are combined with a medley of fresh vegetables, herbs, and a tangy lemon dressing, creating a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and zesty flavors. This salad is not only delicious but also packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a wholesome addition to any meal.

Table of Contents

 INGREDIENTS:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cucumber, diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

 Lemon Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

– Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Roast the Sweet Potatoes:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Toss the diced sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.

Spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until tender and slightly crispy, turning halfway through.

2. Prepare the Dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

3. Assemble the Salad:

In a large bowl, combine the roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese (if using).

Pour the lemon dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.

Garnish with chopped parsley and mint.

4. Serve:

Serve the salad immediately, or refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavors to meld.

This salad can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish to grilled meats or fish.

 Tips:

For added protein, you can include chickpeas or grilled chicken.

Adjust the amount of lemon juice in the dressing to suit your taste.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Enjoy this refreshing and hearty Mediterranean Sweet Potato Salad, bursting with vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients!

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