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Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Reduction

June, 2020

This warm vegan sweet potato salad is jazzed up by adding some sweet blueberries to the mix! This flavourful pairing is a nice change to your everyday sweet potato salad recipes, making this completely vegan and dairy free! Top with a sweet balsamic reduction and you have a delicious, easy salad recipe for your next BBQ!

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Balsamic vinegar reduction sauce drizzled on top of blueberries, sweet potatoes and spinach leaves on a white plate.

I love making different types of paleo salads! Anything with fruit is my favourite because I think fruit makes an exotic and sweet addition to otherwise basic salad recipes. They also look beautiful on a dinner table! If you ever wanted to impress at a dinner party, make an easy salad and add some fruit! It takes a basic salad to a gourmet salad in minutes.

This easy vegan sweet potato salad is super simple to make and requires just a little more umph to create that sweet balsamic reduction sauce. Trust me, the balsamic reduction takes this recipe to a whole nother level!

This recipe is perfect for dinner parties, BBQ’s or just to add to your weekly meal rotation. You can make the recipe ahead; simply make the roasted sweet potatoes and balsamic reduction, then top the salad with the sauce when you’re ready to serve.

I love Sweet Potatoes and I love Blueberries. I have enjoyed them off this recipe before and I realised I could totally make a salad out of them! So slide in this super easy and tasty Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Blueberry Salad!

Roasted sweet potatoes, mixed leaves, balsamic vinegar and blueberries all in separate bowls

What’s in this roasted sweet potato salad?

  • Sweet Potato
  • Blueberries
  • Mixed leaves: spinach, rocket etc
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt

How to make this easy paleo salad

Learn how to make this easy vegan sweet potato salad with balsamic vinegar reduction.

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F.

  2. Toss your sweet potatoes, diced into chunks, in a bowl with coconut oil, cinnamon and salt.

  3. Place on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes.

  4. Start on your balsamic reduction by placing a sauce pan on high heat. Add your balsamic vinegar and cinnamon, bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Once done, construct your salad, serve and enjoy!

TIP: When making the balsamic reduction, keep your windows open or allow enough ventilation in the room! The vinegar does give off a very strong smell that could cause choking if not careful. Please be mindful of this as getting struck by the smell is not nice!!

Balsamic vinegar reduction is being drizzled on top of roasted sweet potatoes, blueberries and spinach leaves

FAQ’s for vegan roasted sweet potato salad

Should I leave the skin on my potatoes or peel the skin off?

Honestly, this is completely your choice. I love to leave the skin on because there are nutrients just underneath the skin that I don’t want to miss out on. However, you can decide to peel them off to make your salad look more aesthetically pleasing. Skin off also makes for a smoother salad.

How should I store this sweet potato salad?

If you have already constructed the salad, this salad can be stored in an airtight container and kept up to 3 days in the fridge. If the salad is not yet constructed, you can keep the sweet potato for up to 5 days and the balsamic reduction can last up to 3months in an air tight container.

What does this sweet potato salad taste like?

This is a mix of sweet, salty and vinegary flavours. The texture of the salad is soft and crunchy. The roasted sweet potatoes give off a caramelised sweetness that can only come from roasting the sweet potatoes.

Is this recipe Whole 30?

Yes! The recipe is a perfect whole30 sweet potato salad. It is also vegan as mentioned above, gluten free and dairy free!

Blueberries sweet potatoes and mixed leaves such as spinach on a white plate topped with balsamic vinegar reduction
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Balsamic vinegar reduction sauce drizzled on top of blueberries, sweet potatoes and spinach leaves on a white plate.
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Reduction
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Blueberry Salad with a Balsamic Reduction
Course: Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: Paleo
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: WhittyPaleo
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato diced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
For the balsamic reduction
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • large bunch of mixed leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F.
  2. Toss your diced sweet potatoes, cinnamon, salt and oil in a bowl.
  3. Lay them fairly spaced out on a baking tray and roast for 25 – 30minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are in the oven, place a small saucepan on high heat.
  5. Add in your balsamic vinegar and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
  6. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes*.
  7. Once done, serve your salad and drizzle with your balsamic reduction
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*For a thicker reduction, leave longer but keep an eye on it to make sure it does not burn. It also gets thicker while it cools.
This recipe is very easily adapted to make a bigger salad just add more sweet potatoes – I would say 1 for each person and a 1/4-1/2 cup bluberries for each person. The balsamic reduction serves 2 but can also be adapted to make a larger quantity.

When making the balsamic reduction, keep your windows open or allow enough ventilation in the room! The vinegar does give off a very strong smell that could cause choking if not careful. Please be mindful of this as getting struck by the smell is not nice!!

More sweet potato recipes:

Garlic and Herb Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cast Iron Pizza

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Wedges

Two images of roasted sweet potatoes and blueberries on mixed leaves on top of a white plate

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    LK Scott
    December, 2017 at 3:58 AM

    It Looks Super Delicious! Eating More Sweet taters and These Recipes Certainly HELP! Thanx For Sharing! Breakfast Is Coming! And Lunch, Then Theres Dinner!

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    Paula Niziolek
    May, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    I can’t wait to try this! Pinned for later!

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      WhittyPaleo
      May, 2016 at 1:46 AM

      It’s so good Paula – I hope you enjoy it!

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    Marvellina Goh
    April, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    oh my, this looks so good. I love sweet potatoes !!! lovely blog and amazing photos !!

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      Thank you much Marvellina! 🙂

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    homemadezagat
    April, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Im thinking of doing Whole30 myself but I am a bit nervous.. lol.

    This salad looks really good though. I would def incorporate this into my very short salad list

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 9:25 PM

      I will say if you go into try to remember your reasons behind it along the way, it helps to be sure when you’re doing it for the right reasons! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    cookingontheweekends
    April, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    So nice the sun is shining! This dish is “sunny” in and of itself — love those bright colors! And I love the delicious pairing of the berries with the sweet potato.

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 7:26 PM

      I know, it’s literally my fav time of year ha! They work so well together! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    Dini @ The Flavor Bender
    April, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    This is a beautiful salad! I love cinnamon and sweet potatoes together and those blueberries is a great addition! Perfect for Summer 🙂

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 6:12 PM

      Yes they are wonderful! Thanks for stopping by Dini! 🙂

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    WhitBit's Kitchen
    April, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    What an interesting salad! I would have never thought to put something like roasted sweet potatoes in a salad, how fun!

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 6:06 PM

      It’s gorgeous in this! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Miss M
    April, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I could eat the picture! lol

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      WhittyPaleo
      April, 2016 at 1:51 PM

      LOL! That definitely made me chuckle – thank you for stopping by Miss M!

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