Hey, you, do you feel it?
Spring is in the air!
With March just around the corner, I feel like we can finally embrace that flowery light at the end of the wintry tunnel, don’t you?
This Warm Spiced Sweet Potato Salad with Pistachios is the perfect way to welcome slightly warmer weather.
It’s bright, fresh, nourishing, and all comes together on 1-pan for an easy plant-based meal.
We start with cozy roasted root veggies, warming spices, and hearty chickpeas, and then end in a satisfying pistachio crunch.
Do you like pistachios?
My chemistry teacher in the 10th grade used to keep a jar of them in cabinet…right next to all of the lab equipment and chemicals we used in our labs.
Probably not the best spot for a snack.
When I stayed after school to get Chemistry help (Chem was the worst, right?), she’d take out the jar, crack open the shells, and munch on them absent-mindedly as we worked.
“Pistachio?” she’d offer, between bites, waving the jar in front of us with her spidery hands.
“No, thanks,” all the kids would say, expressions lingering somewhere between total disgust and amusement.
Maybe that’s why her hair was green.
But that’s another story.
I always forget about pistachios, quite possibly because they remind me of my Chemistry horrors.
They’re a different kind of nut, and I love their bright green color and rich nutty flavor.
I love using Eden Foods Organic Pistachios as the garnish to this gorgeous salad!
They’re already shelled and lightly salted for you, so they taste amazing straight from the package.
No Chemistry experiments required.
If you’ve had a scarring pistachio experience, too, or don’t have any pistachios in your cabinet, try subbing slivered almonds instead.
Enjoy this Warm Spiced Sweet Potato Salad with Pistachios straight out of the oven or chilled, it’s really good both ways!
I love prepping a pan for the week because it’s extremely versatile and it keeps well in the fridge.
The warm spice blend of ginger, cinnamon, and cumin makes it simply irresistible.
The key to getting the best consistency and perfect bake-time is to chop the veggies very finely here– about 1/2″ cubes is what I recommend.
Unlike some meals where big chunks are welcome, you’ll appreciate the bite sized pieces here to promote even baking and get more of a uniform “salad” texture.
Throw it over greens if you’re craving more of a salad salad, or eat it as is for more of a buddha bowl style dish.
If you make this Warm Spiced Sweet Potato Salad with Pistachios, let me know! I’d love to hear how you enjoyed yours- warm or cold?
Be sure to leave me a comment, rating, and review so I can use your feedback to create more yums.
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For more warm one-pan salads, check out my Cozy Cauliflower Salad, too!
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Hearty “salad” with root veggies, chickpeas, a warming spice blend, and crunchy pistachios. Serve warm or chilled, this 1-pan meal is perfect to make in advance for busy weeknight meals.
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
- 3 large carrots, any color (I used red), peeled and diced into 1/2″ chunks
- 1 large or 2 small sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2” chunks
- 1 red bell pepper, diced small
- 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp avocado oil (optional– if OF omit)
- pinch of powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- pinch of Himalayan sea salt.
- 1 head cilantro, finely chopped
- 3 TBS Eden Foods Organic Pistachios, chopped
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- sprinkle of hemp hearts (optional for serving)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line and baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and chop all vegetables, then add them to a large mixing bowl with the optional avocado oil, powdered ginger, cinnamon, cumin, and Himalayan sea salt.
- Mix well with your hands or a large spoon, then pour mixture into an even layer on the baking sheet. To ensure even baking, you may need to use 2 baking sheets. You want the vegetables to have room to evenly bake, not overlapping, if possible.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until fork tender but not mushy, checking at the 25 minutes mark.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then add to a large mixing bowl with the cilantro, chopped pistachios, and a big squeeze of lemon. Toss well to combine.
- Serve warm or chilled with optional hemp hearts, if desired.
- Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Category: Entree, 1-Pan
- Cuisine: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil-Free option
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