Let's get back in shape – Grilled sweet potato and spinach salad with blood orange and candied ginger vinaigrette
On se refait une petite santé? – Salade de patates douces grillées et pousses d’épinards – vinaigrette d’orange sanguine et gingembre confit
I am not sure where I had this for the first time…maybe in Boston (since I lived there at some point in my life before moving to San Francisco) at a Slovenian’s friend’s house… or maybe not. I know it has something to do with New England, even though has nothing to do with New England’s cuisine in terms of flavors. I love this salad, it’s pungent, fresh, citrusy and has a very unique flavor due to candied ginger. I never had candied ginger other than in Japanese restaurants and served with sushi but it goes perfectly with sweet potatoes, as surprising as it may sound.
I think I tend to deviate more towards a vegan diet still using dairy and eggs (so I guess technically, it’s not vegan). I have not been enjoying eating fish either lately, and I have no idea why this is happening, maybe this has something to do with my horrible allergies and stuffed head. I prepared a beautiful trout dish last night since a friend came over for dinner, and could not enjoy it. Let’s hope this is just temporary, I want to be able to enjoy fish again! In the meantime, let’s go vegan!
What I love about this salad is the contrast in flavors and textures between the warm grilled potatoes and the cold spinach salad. The orange juice in the dressing enhances the natural sweetness of the potato and along with the garlic, really adds a very refreshing sensation at the first bite. This is not French, nor Italian, nor Mediterranean, but it’s really delicious, besides the grilled potato gives a little sweet finish to the dish!
Ingredients for 2
- 1 medium size sweet potato, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 2 tbs olive oil
- juice of one blood orange
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 scallion, chopped
- a few walnut, chopped
- 1 tsp candied ginger, chopped roughly
- salt and pepper
Coat potatoes with some olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, then broil in the oven. When one side is golden brown, turn the other side and let it broil until it turns golden brown.
For the vinaigrette, mix all ingredients together (except the spinach).
Place spinach in one plate, then add nicely the potatoes on top and sprinkle with vinaigrette.
You can serve the potatoes hot, warm or cold to your preference.
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Hey, Silvia, this must be for me…sweet potatoes….yeah! I need 2 plates
Silvia, your chocolate pot de creme made the food buzz top 9. Great job! It surely deserves it. This dish is another winner. Gorgeous presentation and combination of flavors. Grilling the seet potato really takes it to another division. And your flavor profile with the citrus and candied ginger is a perfect. I’m thinking salad for lunch. Cheers!
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What a pretty salad. I love the use of ginger with sweet potato. Simple to put together too!
This is a really interesting dish – I can actually see that the candied ginger would go really well with it, and then the garlic would give it that extra little zest.
As a dietitian, I’m always trying to make vegetables sound enticing. I think you scored in that department! Love the combination of blood orange juice with candied ginger on sweet potatoes. Scrumptious.
What a great combo! Love the flavouring sweet & sour at the same time. So colourful & presentable as well. Great job! Have a nice weekend!
oh,combien raffinee!les images sont fantastique de suggestif!un bon dimanche!
Hi Silvia, Simple and delicious salad. I like it…
oh, what a great idea! spinach and sweet potatoes are my fiances’ two favorite food items, so i will have to make this for him and see what he thinks.
What a gorgeous salad! Who would have ever thought to put these ingredients together. It looks sensational. Great photos.
Thank you SO much for the great reicpe.
Du végétarien comme ça, j’aime beaucoup. C’ets tout à fait le genre de plat que j’aime préparer au retour du marché, le samedi midi. Je note ta vinaigrette ! Elle est terrible !
Bises et bonne journée
Get back in shape, I will (I hope).
This is a very nice mix of flavours. using sweet potato and candied ginger. something i need to try
Another wonderful dish Silvia – with you cooking for me I will trim down beautifully and effortless and never feel deprived! No wonder this is No 1 on Top 9 today!! Congratulations
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A revolutionary new way to prepare vegetable dishes! Simply stunning.
A beautiful, healthy dish and the pic is gorgeous. Would love to try this one day. If you find you can’t go back to fish for whatever reason, make sure to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet with other foods or supplements. Congrats on making today’s top 9! :>)
This combination of flavors sounds delicious and the pictures confirm it!
Yes, I agree. Blood oranges and ginger…YUM. I bet the sweet potatoes would be great on the grill too!
Absolutely lovely! I’ve never combined blood oranges and ginger, but I love it already. You always come up with such fresh, beautiful combinations!
Oh this was so delicious. I tried it from your recipe because I always have these ingredients on hand. Thanks
Oh my this looks absolutely amazing..so light and simple after what I’ve been eating all weekend!
This looks amazing. I love sweet potatoes paired with spinach. Is that ginger the same as the shaved, pickled ginger they give you at sushi places, or is it crystallized candied ginger?
Looks great. Nice and light.
Oh this looks AMAZING!
Another great recipe! How do you do it?!
Un contraste exquisito, plato muy veraniego y refrescante.