Roasted sweet potatoes tossed with chopped spinach, creamy avocado chunks, red onion and dried cranberries make for a healthy, easy and delicious salad that’s perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs.
One of my favorite things about summer as a child was all the family cookouts. My extended family has always been close so it seemed like every weekend we were hosting or attending some sort of cookout or family function.
Of course these get togethers always involved food — hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs and lots of side salads. Naturally, my favorite dishes were the salads… macaroni salad, potato salad, broccoli raisin salad, watergate salad and strawberry pretzel salad. Now you know where my love for salads comes from. 😉
Turns out, many of these “salads” aren’t really the healthiest. I mean watergate salad and strawberry pretzel salad are literally just desserts with the word salad in the name.
While I certainly enjoyed all of those side salads as a kid, it never hurts to upgrade a bit. So this month I’m teaming up with a my few of my best blogging buddies to bring you a host of delicious salads for your next BBQ. The best part? They’re all healthy!
My contribution to the is this lovely roasted sweet potato salad with spinach, red onion, dried fruit and avocado.
It’s delish, but more on that soon. Here are some of the other creations:
Lexi’s Watermelon Salad with Basil Ginger Dressing — This watermelon salad is packed with the perfect warm weather flavors! Sweet watermelon drizzled with delicious olive oil, garnished with toasted almonds, bacon, mint, sliced red onion, and a sweet Basil Ginger Dressing, this will be a BBQ hit all summer long!
Lee’s Paleo Pineapple Coleslaw — This clean-eating, paleo coleslaw is made with homemade mayo, a mixture of delicious and colorful vegetables and a pop of pineapple for sweetness!
Taylor’s Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto — This paleo sweet potato salad is mixed with creamy, basil avocado pesto, bacon and eggs for a healthy side dish that is so easy and always a crowd pleaser!
Davida’s Healthy Asian Snap Pea Salad — Get in your greens with this Healthy Asian Snap Pea Salad. It’s super simple to make and coated with a light sesame-ginger dressing. You’ll definitely be going back for seconds!
Last but not least, my sweet potato salad…
Anything with roasted sweet potatoes is bound to be delicious and this salad is no exception.
There’s no real dressing — just lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which makes for a sweet and zesty salad. The potatoes can be roasted ahead of time and once that step is done the salad comes together in a matter of minutes. And it’s great served cold (or at room temp) — perfect for BBQs, potlucks and parties.
- 10 cups sweet potatoes (about 3 large), chopped evenly into bite-size chunks
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 ounces baby spinach, chopped
- ½ cup red onion, chopped very small
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- ⅓ cup dried fruit
- 1 avocado, chopped in chunks
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ground black pepper, to taste
- hemp seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Place sweet potato chunks into a large bowl and toss with coconut oil and sea salt. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through, flipping once. Remove from oven and let the potato chunks cool. This step can be done ahead of time. Just keep the roasted potatoes in the fridge and complete step 2 the day you want to enjoy the salad.
- While the potatoes are roasting, add the chopped spinach, onion, dried fruit, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add cooled sweet potato chunks to the bowl and stir to combine. Gently stir in avocado and add sea salt and ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle on hemp seeds and serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. Can be eaten cold or at room temperature.
- Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to two days. If needed, add a splash of extra lemon juice before serving.
What’s your favorite cookout/BBQ side salad?