Meatless Monday: Red Quinoa & Roasted Sweet Potato Harvest Salad


As you are reading this I am currently recovering from the two half marathons I ran this weekend. One in Brooklyn and the other closer to home in Syracuse.  It was the first time I ever attempted something like that and I have to say, while I might be a wee bit tired now, it was all totally worth it. 

Now that I got that little diddy out of the way, back to more delicious things…like this Harvest Salad I whipped up to share for Meatless Monday. 

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes and in case that wasn’t clear from my sweet potato recipe roundup, I AM.

I like them in the morning and in the afternoon, I like them in the evening and underneath the moon….errr, or in my salad.  (Ps. you’re welcome- I know that song is stuck in your head now). 

While I have explored a variety of ways to savor my sweet potatoes, the one way I hadn’t yet was in my salad and what better way to to celebrate the fall harvest than tossing them with some beautiful bright red quinoa, beets, kale and carrots?! 

This Red Quinoa & Sweet Potato Harvest Salad is a gluten free and vegan fall flavor explosion on a plate!

Seriously, this salad is the bomb sha-bing-sha-bang (I just made that up) but what I’m trying to say is it’s GOOD! The only draw back is that it’s a little labor intensive for a salad but if you’re of the meal prepping variety, you can totally throw it together in like 2 seconds! 

Sweet Potato and Red Quinoa Harvest Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Meatless Meal/Recipe}

Sweet Potato and Red Quinoa Harvest Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Meatless Meal/Recipe}

Sweet Potato and Red Quinoa Harvest Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Meatless Meal/Recipe}

It’s especially yummy drizzled with olive oil and maple balsamic vinegar…tastes just like fall! :) 

Once you get it assembled and admire your pretty plated work, take a fork and DIG IN! 

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Sweet Potato and Red Quinoa Harvest Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Meatless Meal/Recipe}

RED QUINOA & ROASTED SWEET POTATO HARVEST SALAD


 RECIPE

Serves 2-4 (depends on your level of hangry!) 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large sweet potato, diced 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme 
  • 1 cup red quinoa, (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 1 head of kale, chopped
  • 1-2 organic carrots, spiralized 
  • 1-2 organic beets, spiralized
  • 1/4 pepitas (not shown because I forgot, oops!) 
  • olive oil, to taste
  • maple balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • Optional: goat or feta cheese, if desired. 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425. 
  2. Diced sweet potatoes and toss in coconut oil, sea salt and thyme. 
  3. Spread on baking sheet and bake for approx. 30 mins
  4. While sweet potatoes are baking, cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  5. Chop kale and spiralize beets and carrots. 
  6. Assemble the salad by plating kale, quinoa, sweet potatoes and topping with beets and carrots. Add cheese if desired.  
  7. Dress with olive oil and maple balsamic vinegar to taste. 
  8. ENJOY! 

NOTE: Adding sea salt and thyme to quinoa will give it some additional flavor.


Don’t forget to linkup with myself and Running on Happy if you have a meatless recipe to share! 

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This post is linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner  and A Whisk & Two Wands for Meatless Monday! 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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47 Comments

jill conyers
Reply October 5, 2015

Annmaire I love everything about this recipe!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply October 5, 2015

I know you rocked that Wineglass and hope you are recovering! I saw so many Boston Qualifiers yesterday in my stream, it made me smile again and again. I need to do this race again now that I can actually run again. Not the marathon though that's crazy...you are amazing. Happy recovery Annmarie!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thanks! It is a great course and while the idea of running another marathon right now seems out of the question I am sure I will be back again on the course next year!

Michelle
Reply October 5, 2015

I'm loving sweet potatoes too, and this salad looks delicious! Hope you are recovery well and can't wait for the recap!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thanks! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply October 5, 2015

SPOILER ALERT YOU DID AWESOME!!!
I hope you are recovering well! This looks fabulous, and has so many of my favorite things in it!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Haha thank you! And yeah, this salad is so yummy!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply October 5, 2015

This is a recovery meal ;) So much yummy goodness!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    So true!

melissa
Reply October 5, 2015

This is so colorful!! I love everything in here - I'm so jealous - I want to eat it now!
Enjoy recovery. You've earned it!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply October 5, 2015

This salad looks like the bomb.com seriously. It would be a 2 person salad at my house. Both servings for ME!! I love these ingredients and that maple balsamic, girl you just won my heart!! Pinning!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Haha oh believe me, I could eat the whole thing too! :P

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply October 5, 2015

Congrats on your marathon finish (Saw on instagram!) So proud of you!
This salad looks amazing! So much super food power in it.
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    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Reply October 5, 2015

Salads with sweet potatoes just make me happy! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods easily, this looks SO good!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    They are seriously amazing! And so versatile!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply October 5, 2015

I saw that you did wonderful in the marathon, congrats!
This salad looks very fall-like and tasty! Once fall hits I'm all about the sweet potatoes. I actually make some extra and give them to my pups too. They devour them!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you! And what a great idea!!!

Easy Peasy Life Matters
Reply October 5, 2015

This Harvest Salad looks absolutely amazing! We love quinoa at our house. Thanks so much for hosting :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thanks so much for linking up! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply October 5, 2015

So utterly impressed by your marathon running! This salad is bangin'. I'm terrible with meal prep, but would gladly make this since I love me a harvest salad!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Totally worth the prep! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply October 5, 2015

This does look like the bomb she-bing-she-bang! haha! Hope recovery is going well!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thanks, friend! :)

Rachel
Reply October 5, 2015

GREAT JOB AT WINEGLASS!!!!!!

Also, yummy recipe. :) xo
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    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you!!! :)

Sarah
Reply October 5, 2015

Congrats on your marathon finish!
This salad looks delicious, I love sweet potatoes and just made a salad like this with butternut squash so I will have to switch things up and make it with sweet potatoes!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 5, 2015

Yum this is my kind of salad all the way! Happy Mpnday
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    So much goodness!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply October 6, 2015

This salad is beautiful! I didn't know they made red quinoa. This definitely screams fall! Can't wait to try it!
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    Reply October 7, 2015

    I hope you do, so yummy!

Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
Reply October 6, 2015

Yum this is totally my kind of salad. LOADED. I love the spiralized carrots and beets!
And congrats on your marathon again! I am in awe of people that can accomplishment such feats. So I hope you are seriously proud of yourself, because that is amazing!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 7, 2015

    Aw, thank you so much!!! <3

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply October 8, 2015

I bet this would be yummy with spiralized sweet potatoes too!! Love the look of this!

Sina @ Vegan Heaven
Reply October 8, 2015

This salad looks so incredibly delicious, Annmarie! I love how colorful it is! :-)
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Courtney
Reply October 10, 2016

What a gloriously seasonal meal-- so pretty and colorful and delicious!

Lauren
Reply October 10, 2016

Yum! This salad looks fab and perfect for the fall!
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply October 10, 2016

This salad looks amazing again! :-) How cool that you did the two races in one weekend-- congrats! Thanks for hosting.

Farrah
Reply October 10, 2016

So...I need to make this immediately! <3 It looks so good! *-*

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply October 10, 2016

This salad looks like pure perfection! Still so happy I got to see you this weekend. Can't wait to read both of your recaps :)

vicki
Reply October 10, 2016

Yum! I love everything about this salad!
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Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands
Reply October 10, 2016

You have to know I am ALL over this delicious salad with all my favs! Thank you for linking up with us and hosting, happy Meatless Monday

Jess @hellotofit
Reply October 11, 2016

Can't believe you ran that much, so amazing!! I love fall salads, especially when there's sweet potatoes involved :) YUM! Pinned this.

Carly @ FitLiving Eats
Reply October 12, 2016

This salad looks so good! I love roasted veggies and grains on my salad. YUM!

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