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Roasted Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese Salad with Tahini Sauce

Get your healthy fill with this simple & delicious salad made with roasted sweet potatoes, loads of arugula salad, crumbled feta cheese and an addictive tahini sauce.

roasted sweet potato and feta cheese salad with arugula and tahini sauce topped with pumpking seedsand sunflower seeds in a white bowl

I know I’ve said I’m not a big salad fan – but once in a while I go there anyway. However, it has to be filling and flavor-packed (like this Cashew Caprese with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette) and, best case, have some kinda warm or warmish or has-been-warm-at-some-point component (like my go-to Pointed Cabbage Salad with Gyoza Chickpeas & Parmesan). Lettuce-tomato-and-cucumber salads need not apply.

cubes of sweet potato mixed with olive oil, salt and pepper on an oven tray

For my latest favorite salad the warm/warmish/has-been-warm-at-some-point component comes in the form of roasted sweet potatoes. Apart from the serious hazard related to cutting into these often rock-ish hard veggies (not pictured: my heavily bleeding middle finger), roasting sweet potatoes is so quick & easy. Cut in cubes – half-inch/one-centimeter cubes will do the trick – mix with salt, pepper and olive oil and roast for 15 minutes. Nothing more to it! Then either let them cool all the way for a cold salad or half-way for a lukewarm salad – I sure know which version I’m choosing!

top view of arugula and roasted sweet potato in a large bowl

No matter what temperature you prefer your salad to be – mix the roasted sweet potato with loads of arugula salad. (Rocket? Arugula? You know what I mean!)

top view of arugula, roasted sweet potato and feta cheese in a large bowl

After the rocket-arugula comes another very important ingredient of this roasted sweet potato & feta cheese salad. Yes, you guessed it – the feta cheese. Salty, with the perfect texture for salads, feta cheese is probably my favorite ingredient to cook with. Don’t know what I’d do without it! (I definitely would not be eating salads, that’s for sure.) The only thing I don’t like about it is crumbling it, and getting all sticky. But for the deliciousness that is feta cheese – even that’s worth it!

top view of arugula, roasted sweet potato and feta cheese in a large bowl with two empty white bowls next to it

Now that’s really the three big ingredients of this salad. But, we have one super important component left, to make this so much more than just a regular salad.

Yep. It’s all in the name. I’m talking about The Tahini Sauce.

top view of arugula, roasted sweet potato and feta cheese in a large bowl with two lemons in the background

Let me tell you – I remember the very first time I had tahini sauce. It was at my friend’s house, half a lifetime ago, they had just been to Morocco for a holiday and brought back some tahini. Mixed with just water and with white bread to dip in it, it was one of the best things I’d ever had. Ever since, I’ve been hooked. When I spent a week at an all-inclusive in Egypt I’m not sure I had anything else (apart from a gazillion Piña Coladas).

The flavor is like none other – earthy and nutty and rich. Kinda like what I imagine dirt would taste like, if dirt tasted good, you know? No? Completely weird? Yeah, probably.

two bowls with roasted sweet potato & feta cheese salad in front of a large bowl containing the same

Anyway. Tahini pairs so well with lemon and salt, in my opinion. While the classic, basic tahini-mixed-with-water sauce is amazing – this tahini sauce where the tahini is mixed with lemon juice, salt, olive oil and then some water is out of this world. You think buying a whole can of tahini just for this recipe is nuts? Well, wait until you’ve tried this tahini sauce. You’ll want to use it for everything! And that can of tahini? It’ll be done before you know it.

top view of a white bowl with roasted sweet potato and feta cheese salad topped with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and tahini sauce

So if you’re looking for a meal that ticks all the boxes this January (Which boxes? you ask. Well, the boxes of course being: healthy, vegetarian, quick and easy!) – this is it. As an added bonus it keeps very well in the fridge so you could make it to have for lunch all week. Just saying – that’s what I did.

Did you try this recipe? Please leave a comment and/or a rating and let me know what you think! Or choosingleave one anyway – I love hearing from you. And if you post in on social – don’t forget to tag me @alwaysusebutter (for example on Instagram, Pinterest andFacebook) an use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter.

Until next time!

Nothing but love,

Emmeline

roasted sweet potato & feta cheese salad with tahini sauce in a bowl

Roasted Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese Salad with Tahini Sauce

5 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 527kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 800 g sweet potato peeled & cut in 1 cm/half-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 150 g arugula
  • 150 g feta cheese crumbled

Tahini Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp water to desired consistency

To serve

  • 4 tsp sunflower seeds optional
  • 4 tsp pumpkin seeds optional

Instructions

  • Set the oven for 225 C/430 F.
  • Place the sweet potato cubes on a large oven tray and mix with the olive oil, salt and black pepper. Place in the middle of the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Take out and set aside to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooling, make the tahini sauce by placing all the ingredients in a jar, screwing on a lid tightly and shaking vigorously.
  • Mix the arugula salad and roasted sweet potato in a bowl and mix.
  • Top with feta cheese.
  • Top with sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as well as tahini sauce just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese Salad with Tahini Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 1709mg 71%
Potassium 1013mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 11g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 588.4%
Vitamin C 30.7%
Calcium 33.7%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Roasted Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese Salad is easy to make and both healthy and delicious - all topped with an addictive and equally simple Tahini Sauce. #alwaysusebutter #roastedsweetpotato #fetacheese #tahinisauce

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