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Sweet Potato & Date Quinoa Salad (Vegan/Vegitarian)

Summer is here and it’s time for yummy salads for dinner! I’m going on vacation this week, and so looking to use up bits and pieces in my fridge, I came up with this absolutely delicious salad – and easy to do as well. Small warning for fitness folks – this salad is VERY high CARB! It would be great pre-workout (1/2 of a serving), or when you are not training 🙂  — or I can suggest you could replace the dates for chicken to balance out with protein (the dates carry 1/3 or 35g of the carbs here).

Try it and see what you think! You can make this vegitarian (with honey) or vegan (using aguave):


  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup sweet potato, chopped into cubes
  • 14-15 almonds
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 4 cups arugula (rocket) leaves
  • dash each cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 1 tsp honey (or aguave for vegans)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey (or aguave for vegans)


  1. Set the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cook the quinoa according to directions, which should take approximately 20 minutes
  3. In a seperate pot, par boil the sweet potatoes for approximately 7-10 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, chop the almonds and dates and set aside
  5. Make the dressing by mixing the ingredients above and place in fridge
  6. By now the sweet potatoes should be done – drain the water, then add the honey/aguave, cinnamon and nutmeg – mix
  7. Set them on a piece of non stick foil and place in the hot oven for 5 minutes
  8. By now your quinoa should be cooked. Take it off the burner and let cool a bit in the pan
  9. Take the potatoes out of the oven
  10. Mix together the quinoa, potatoes, and date/almonds, then place in the fridge for 30+ minutes to cool down until you are ready to eat!
  11. When you are ready, place the arugula on a plate, then pour the dressing, then place the quinoa mix on top.
  12. Voila! a lovely summer salad

Makes 2 servings, double for 4. Each serving: 500 cals, 10.6g protein, 94gcarb, 11.5g fat


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This entry was posted on July 11, 2012 by in Food and Diet.
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