Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

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Healthy, delicious and tasty – my Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad is a great side-dish or main meal.

Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient, and very easy to cook with. Pronounced keen-wah, Quinoa is an ancient crop, originally from the Andes. It is from the seed of a plant, which is related to chard and spinach. It is packed full of protein and is a great alternative to rice or cous-cous.

Having said that, Quinoa can be quite boring when not flavoured appropriately.

That’s where my Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad comes in.

The Sweet Potato is roasted, giving it a delicious caramelised flavour. The Quinoa, once cooked, is mixed with a beautiful dressing of lemon juice and zest, maple syrup and olive oil. Fresh parsley, spring onions and pine nuts add further flavour and freshness to this delicious salad.

It is such an easy dish to prepare and can be made in advance.

If I can offer one piece of advice, it is that I strongly recommend serving the dish at room temperature. Served too cold, and the flavours won’t be as prodominant. If preparing in advance, be sure to remove from the fridge prior to serving, to take the chill off the dish.

Make the Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad your own – you may prefer to add more lemon juice or zest, different fresh herbs, and maybe even protein of your choice (such as poached chicken or feta).

What is your favourite way to enjoy Quinoa? I am currently experimenting with several other recipes, so you’ll see more being featured on the blog soon. Also, be sure to check out my Quinoa Tabouli!

For now, enjoy – and do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Alex xx

P.S. For more great salad recipes, be sure to check out my Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Charred Corn and Black Bean Salad.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Packed full of flavour, this Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad is simple to make, and even easier to eat! It is vegan, gluten-free, tasty and healthy!
5 from 52 votes
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Course: Entree, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: delicious, easy, entree, healthy, quinoa, salad, simple, sweet potato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed well *
  • 500 gm sweet potato
  • 2 spring onions/scallions finely sliced, white and green part
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts/pinoli
  • 2 cup water for cooking the quinoa


  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 Degrees C (390 F).
    Peel and rinse the sweet potato, and chop into half-moon shapes.
  • Line a sheet pan with baking paper, and put sweet potato on the tray. Toss in oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for approximately 35-40 minutes.  
    Remove once cooked and set aside.
  • Put the quinoa in a fine-meshed sieve and rinse well under cold running water, swishing the quinoa with your hand. Drain the quinoa well.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan, add the quinoa, bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes, until the seeds are tender. When they’re cooked you will notice they have little curly “tails”.
    (Or follow directions on the packet)
  • Remove from the heat, place a clean tea towel or 3 layers of paper towel over the saucepan, place the lid back on and stand 5 minutes. The tea towel/paper towel will absorb excess moisture. Place into a bowl and allow to cool.
  • Mix your dressing up and set aside – check you are happy with the balance of flavours and adjust accordingly.
    Finely chop the spring onion and parsley.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the bowl, and toss.
    Serve in a salad bowl or on a platter. 


*It is important to thoroughly rinse the quinoa. Rinsing helps remove the outside coating of the grain, called saponin, which can cause a slightly bitter taste. The saponin is a naturally occurring chemical which is there to deter insects.
*Cooking the quinoa by the absorption method just means that the quinoa will absorb the amount of water used. Make sure the quinoa is well drained after rinsing.
*Adjust the amount of lemon juice and zest to your taste – you may prefer more.
*Serve the dish at room temperature.
*Serves 6 people as a side-dish or 3-4 as a more substantial meal.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 12145IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
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253 Comments on “Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    I have to try this with Japanese sweet potatoes as the sweet potatoes here are a different color, texture, and taste. I let you know how it tastes.

  2. 5 stars
    I really love this recipe and plan to make it this week. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains too.

  3. I am a potatoe food lover, and this recipe absolutely won my heart, aside the fact that this Sweet potato and Quinoa salad is way easy to prepare, I Love also it’s Healthy, delicious and tasty nature and would love to try this.

  4. Brilliant! I saw a recipe just yesterday for a couscous and sweet potato salad and was wondering if it would work with quinoa too as I can’t eat couscous. I think you’ve just answered my question!

  5. What a great way to combine to healthy powerhouses into one dish. My granddaughter has a short list of favorites, quinoa and sweet potatoes are on that list. I bet she would enjoy this salad.

  6. 5 stars
    I was attracted by how healthy this recipe is, Quinoa and sweet potatoes, both are crucial for people who are into fitness. Really glad to learn these two great ingredients can be mixed together.

  7. Looks yummy. We have not made sweet potatoes at home for long. This dish would be the one next.

  8. Since we stopped using rice, I’ve been using a lot more quinoa. I just started exploring more ways to use it and am sure Marcus will really appreciate your recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    I love Quinoa and I love Sweet Potato, but never thought of putting them together into one dish. This is really amazing and makes for such a rustic and hearty looking meal! Well done!!!

  10. 5 stars
    I have been trying to make my kids eat Quinoa, but they just won’t take it. Maybe if I add their favorite to it, (which is sweet potato), they’ll give it a try. I like simple dressing of lime juice, zest, maple syrup and olive oil. That sounds delicious!

  11. I’m loving the sound of this recipe. It’s got plenty of the ingredients I love to eat and sounds like it would be full of flavour.

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  13. This is my type of recipe. Just simple yet pretty healthy and tasty. I am definitely trying this.

  14. 5 stars
    We have only just started to eat Quinoa so I am always on the look for new recipes and sweet potato is one of my favourite foods

  15. I’m kind of surprised, but I think this is the first Australian recipe I’ve ever seen. I’ve pinned it to try. It looks healthy and delicious. Thank you.

    1. Hi Cristina, the salad is not too sweet to my taste, I find that the lemon zest and juice balance the flavours nicely. There is a little maple syrup in the dressing and you could omit that if you prefer. 🙂

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  18. Looks amazing!! Definitely going to have to try it. I might sub walnuts is instead of pine nuts though… They’re so expensive in the US!!

  19. I really need to start using quinoa again! This recipe looks so good – and so good for you. I’m going to give it a try this week! Thank you!

  20. I love finding a new vegetables recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

  21. Now this looks super delicious and seems super easy and quick to make. Definitely want to whip this up for lunch one day!

    Thanks for sharing! x


  22. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I have a party to go to tomorrow night and was asked to bring a salad. Going to bring this!

  23. 5 stars
    I love sweet potato so this is a dish I definitely need to try! I’ve been looking for some different salad recipes so I will certainly be giving this one a go.

  24. 5 stars
    I would definitely like to add feta cheese to this salad. I think that sweet potatoes and feta cheese make a delicious combination – sweet and salty!

  25. 5 stars
    I will be honest, I am not a huge quinoa fan. But, I am willing to try again with this recipe. It sounds delicious adding the sweetness of the potato. And a super healthy dish.

  26. Oh my, this looks absolutely delightful. As a child growing up we had lots of sweet potatoes and I did not like it at all because it was always boiled. One day I discovered baked sweet potato chips and I fell in love forever.

  27. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious! It is very similar to a salad I make, but I will incorporate the pine nuts next time! I use coriander as well as parsley and it’s so yummy!

  28. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. It’s perfect for myself as a vegetarian. I’m still trying to get used to quinoa. I think I need to try what you said about swishing it under water because quinoa tends to tear my stomach up. Overall though this recipe is really easy. I pinned it for later reference.

  29. 5 stars
    I love sweet potato and I love quinoa! I’ve made a similar recipe using Sweet Potato and Spinach but I’ll have to try this one now! It looks so good

  30. 5 stars
    I love sweet potatoes and this salad looks really yummy! Would be a perfect lunch at work! Can’t wait to prepare it and surprise my coworkers! xoxo

  31. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad, but it looks delicious. We have a family gathering at the end of this month and I think I will be taking this for everyone to try.Thank you for sharing!

  32. 5 stars
    I like quinoa and my family doesn’t. I honestly think it was because of the way I cooked it for the first time and it may have turned them off (LOL). But maybe they’ll eat it if I try this (because of the SWEET potatoes)…. hhmm… I shall try! Thanks for all your AMAZING recipes!

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