I love salads that are born out of "kitchen sink" items that turn out spectacular!
This is what happened with this salad. A little rummaging through the refrigerator and I came up with some leftover cooked green beans, a sweet potato, and some carrots.
So let's make a salad! But this one is special. Why? The roasted, caramelized sweet potatoes lend such a great warm comforting feeling to this salad. Not to mention the wonderful sweetness! I used an actual sweet potato, which you will notice is more of a white color. You could use a yam, which are orange fleshed. That would certainly make the color pop, but the taste will be the same.
The green beans were leftovers, which I kept at room temperature for this salad, giving a nice crunch.
So taking simple ingredients that are fresh, make for a spectacular salad! Topped with a simple yogurt dressing that is tangy, yet light. The perfect lunch if I do say so.
I hope you find this inspiring enough to make your own comforting salad. Please come back and let me know what you think of it once you try it.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1" chunks
8 oz of green beans, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
1/2 c shredded carrots
mixed spring greens
1 c plain low fat yogurt
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 garlic clove minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place potato chunks on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, tossing to coat.
Spread potatoes in a flat layer. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring half way through.
Meanwhile, prepare dressing in a small bowl or mason jar. Add all ingredients and shake until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Assemble salad by placing equal parts lettuce on each plate. Top with potatoes, green beans and carrots. Drizzle with dressing. Serve.