Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

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  • Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes
Posted on December 29, 2016

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! Was Santa good to you? Have you come down off your cookie-induced sugar high yet?

I think I’m still somewhere floating in the sugary clouds. I ate A LOT of cookies. Way too many to count. And even if I had counted, I certainly wouldn’t put that number down in writing for the whole world to see.

So I’m popping in real quick today to bring you this Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re feeling the need to hit the “reset” button. And it would also be a great salad to add to your New Year’s Eve menu, if you just so happen to be hosting a party (or going to a party!).

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The inspiration for this dish came from one of my favorite spinach salad recipes from the archives. I added some roasted sweet potatoes to make it a bit more filling (this could totally pass as a “main meal” type of salad). And I decided to give it a bit of a New Year’s Eve twist with the addition of roasted grapes. Did you know that grapes are one of the traditional and/or lucky foods that you’re suppose to consume on New Year’s Eve? As it goes, at midnight you eat twelve grapes, one to symbolize each of the twelve months in the upcoming year. You’re suppose to finish all twelve grapes before the last stroke of midnight, which apparently is a task that’s easier said than done. I think I’ll give it a try this year!

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You want the spinach in this recipe to wilt slightly, so be sure to scrape in the roasted sweet potatoes and grapes (and any olive oil from the pan), while they are still warm.

I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I’ll be sipping on these Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s the perfect time to do so!

See you in 2017!

Cheers,

Liz

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4-6

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into thin triangles
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the grapes, sweet potatoes, olive oil, maple syrup, rosemary and salt until the grapes and sweet potatoes are evenly coated with the olive oil. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and roast in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. The sweet potatoes should be soft and the grapes should be slightly wrinkly. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Place the spinach in a very large bowl. Add the warm roasted grapes and sweet potatoes to the spinach, making sure to scrape in any oil left behind on the baking sheet. Toss gently to combine, sprinkling with some balsamic vinegar as you do so. Add the hazelnuts and goat cheese, tossing gently to combine.
  3. Transfer the salad to serving dishes and enjoy while still warm.
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18 Comments


  • I had no idea about the grape thing! I need more salads in my life right now, seeing as cookies and toffee have been staples in my diet lately (whoops!). Cheers to 2017 friend!

    Reply

    • I’m basically alternating between salads and cookies at this point. Lol. It’s bad.


  • This looks so delicious! A great wintry salad.

    Reply

    • Thanks, Karlie! I love warm salads in the Winter months!


  • Hope you have an amazing NYE and a fantastic 2017! Cheers, Liz! <3

    Reply

    • Thanks, Sarah! Right back at you!


  • Wayyyyy too many cookies for me to count, as well. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Liz! I’ll have to take you up on eating 12 grapes before midnight. I’ll be eating black-eyed peas the very next morning with hopes of the same good luck following my way! 😉 And now for some salad, carrots, and hummus, now that all of those cookies have disappeared. XO!

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    • Oh yes, I almost forgot about the black eyes peas! I need to go grab some. I think we all need a little bit of luck in 2017! Miss you! XOXO!


  • This is my kind of salad!! Miss you, friend! <3

    Reply

    • Miss you too! Hope to see you in 2017!


  • Oh yes ! I’m in. Thank you and have a pleasant and happy 2017 !

    Reply

    • Happy New Year!


  • Made this for New Year’s crowd and everyone loved it. The roasted grapes were a delicious surprise. Great recipe!

    Reply

    • That’s so great to hear, Hillary! Yeah!


  • Happy New Year, Liz! What a great way to jump into the new year. I’ve not roasted grapes yet, but need to follow your lead! I know I’ll love it! Your photography just keeps getting better and better… you’re such an inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing and here’s to a fabulous 2017! xo

    Reply

    • Aww…you are so sweet, Traci. You always make me smile. Cheers to a fabulous 2017! I hope we meet in person this year!


  • I always forget about grapes as salad mix-ins! But that sweet tart punch is just what my salad mojo needs.

    Reply

    • Yes, me too! This is a common problem with me – completely forgetting about certain food items for long periods of time. Occupational hazard, I suppose!

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