Maple Quinoa Salad

This healthful, nutrient-packed salad highlights all the best Fall ingredients: kale, quinoa, apples and sweet potatoes, and tops them with a delicious mustard and maple dressing. It makes a healthy and filling weekday lunch or an impressive side dish to any meal.

yield: 4
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Ingredients

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1- inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup thin-sliced red onion
4 cups packed baby kale and/or arugula
1 small apple, cored, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup cooked red quinoa
2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
 

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Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. In a bowl toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper.
  4. Place in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Bake about 25 minutes, stirring once, until golden and tender.  Let cool.
  5. In a large bowl whisk remaining tablespoon olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  6. Add onion, then toss and let stand 5 minutes.
  7. Add kale; toss.
  8. Add apple, sweet potatoes and quinoa; toss.
  9. Sprinkle with almonds and serve on a platter.
 
Pure Maple Syrup
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.
Benefits of Maple
Based on Research by the Canadian Nutrient File (Health Canada), maple syrups's nutritional value is superior to other common sweateners, such as honey, sugar, and even brown sugar.