This 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Spinach Quinoa Salad is super simple to make, healthy and only requires 5 simple ingredients! Vegan and Gluten Free.
I would like to just say this first, for those of you who follow along with all my weekly recipes if you do not love quinoa as much as I do just note that recipes like this you can totally substitute rice instead of quinoa if you prefer!
Now that I said that let’s talk about how easy and delicious this 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Spinach Quinoa Salad is!!!
I think you are going to LOVE it because it is full of fiber and very filling but has a nice sweet-ness from the sweet potato!
I’m all about simplicity, but you probably already know that!
I really do believe that once you train your taste buds to enjoy natural foods, you experience a whole new level of appreciation for the natural flavors of foods!
Let’s break down the 5 ingredients real quick!
Quinoa I always have this on hand but like I mentioned above if you prefer rice then go for it!
Don’t get me wrong I love rice too but quinoa in my opinion is much faster to make, it takes like half the time to cook as opposed to rice, and quinoa is also a great source of vegan protein and essential amino acids so basically it’s like super healthy!
Next is sweet potatoes! I just chopped them up into bite sized cubes and tossed them in a pan sprayed with non-stick spray (unless you are using a non-stick pan than you can skip that) and let them cook up while the quinoa was cooking! I left the skin on but if you prefer to peel them that’s totally cool too!
note: leaving the skin on actually has some health benefits, the skin contains fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C and E, folate, potassium and iron!
Spinach! Green and wonderful and a total superfood! For the spinach I tossed it in the pan with the quinoa once it was done cooking because unless I am eating an actual salad I prefer to let my greens get a little more soft, so once the quinoa is done toss the spinach in there and give it a stir and let it sit for a couple minutes with the lid on just long enough to soften (not wilt) the spinach!
The dressing! I used veganaise and lemon juice, it’s a perfect refreshing simple combo! If you want a little spicier flavor I added a couple additional options in the recipe but they are OPTIONAL if you want to, but totally not necessary! Obviously that would make it more than 5 ingredients as well!
I also added an olive oil option in the recipe for those of you who are not a fan of veganaise! honestly I like both options, they are really different flavors but both still delish!