Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins

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Salad is an easy healthy lunch to pack, but it’s not always filling enough. Grain salads are just as easy, just as healthy, and more filling. Quinoa makes a hearty salad base that will help give you the energy you need to get through your day. It’s also a serious superfood. It’s a great source of vegetarian protein, and is also full of fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.

We have lots of quinoa salad recipes on Skinny Ms, but this sweet potato quinoa salad with walnuts and raisins is one of the tastiest. Tangy onions, rich sweet potatoes, crunchy walnuts, and sweet raisins come together in a remarkable blend of flavors and textures. This delicious salad requires some prep work, but you can make a few batches at a time and enjoy it throughout the week. Trust us – you’ll like it so much that you’ll be glad you made extra servings!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins

Yields: 3 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 413 | Total Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 359mg | Carbohydrates: 49g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Protein: 8g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into medium cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon dark balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the diced sweet potato in 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet in one even layer. Roast for approximately 1 hour, or until potatoes are soft and beginning to brown. Remove from oven, dust with cinnamon and cool completely.
  2. While potatoes are cooling, toss together quinoa, arugula, onion, walnuts and raisins. Top with cooled potatoes. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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5 Comments on "Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins"

  1. Titilola  June 22, 2017

    Very tasty. I used the dark skinned sweet potato, very scrumptious

  2. Bernadette  July 11, 2018

    do you measure 1 cup of quinoa & cook that OR is it really 1 cup of already cooked quinoa?

    • Nichole Furlong  July 14, 2018

      Hi Bernadette, the recipe states one cup cooked quinoa. The quinoa should already be cooked before you measure.

  3. Mar  November 24, 2019

    Sounds wonderful. Can I prepare the day before just not adding dressing


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