Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

It’s only been two days since I got back from the trip, and I already miss my family so much!!

This picture cracks me up!!  My dad, a self-proclaimed master photographer, insisted that we take a “candid” picture.  Yea…we so don’t look like we’re posing..The hubby looks the most hilarious out of all of us, I think haha..

Oh!  His genius creativity continues!

I also climbed a tree named Cork Oak!  From the feel of the bark, it was appropriately named.

I climbed up just fine, but coming down was a lil’ hairy.  So the “macho” hubby came to the rescue and lent me his broad, manly shoulders =).

Ahh…I had so much fun…Alright, alright…enough reminiscing..

I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, the brutally hot weather, or the fact that I bombed my quiz (probably a combination of everything), but yesterday was one of those days where everything felt blah~

As much as I wanted to just turn myself into a cocoon with my fav Kona-scented blanket, catch up on So You Think You Can Dance, open up a box of cereal, and munch away mindlessly, I decided to get in the kitchen!  I’m so glad that I did!

I opened up my fridge and three things jumped out at me – sweet potatoes, tilapia, and black beans.  They inspired me to make me some sweet potato quinoa salad.  I sort of went south of the border with this one as you can see by the components.  To make it more special, I went the extra step to caramelize the onions.  There’s nothing that arouses my senses and makes my mouth water like the smell of onions sautéing.  It smelled like a piece of heaven, and I instantly felt better =).  I am so easy to please, eh?

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

Prep time: 30 minutes



  • 2 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 in pieces*
  • 1 Tbs EVOO
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  •  1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup zucchini, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 avocado
* You only need 1/4 cup of sweet potatoes, but I like to roast extra so I can enjoy them throughout the week.


  • 6 oz. tilapia
  • salt, pepper, chili powder to taste
  • 1 Tbs EVOO


  • 3 Tbs EVOO
  • 1 Tbs lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce *
*I love the smokiness that this adds, but you can leave it out or substitute it with something else that you prefer!


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes in EVOO and cinnamon and spread them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  4. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the onions and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 minutes.
  6. While the onions are caramelizing, cook the tilapia in a separate skillet with EVOO over medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes per side.  Season.
  7. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  8. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, pour the dressing over the salad.
  9. Top with tilapia
  10. Enjoy!

I know this looks like a lot of work, but it really came together in a cinch!  It just requires a lil bit of patience.  Therefore, while I eagerly waited for my onions to caramelize, I HAD to  keep my mouth entertained  with this delightful treat…

Do you guys have Sprouts in your area?  I LOVE this store, and this lemon snap cookie is one of the reasons why I look forward to going there every week =).  If there’s one near you, I highly recommend that you try it!

With this extra boost of energy, I got my study on!  Now I can spend the whole weekend with the hubby =).   Score!

Hope you guys have a fantastic Friday!!

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11 Responses to Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

  1. Your family is too cute! Sorry you had a blah day yesterday, but I’m so impressed that you were able to turn it around and make that delicious, healthy meal and get energized from it!! That’s awesome 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend, Min!

  2. Yoonie says:

    I love that ‘candid’ picture!!! I think you look the most hilarious… ^^

    • Min says:

      Yes..appa kept on saying that the picture’s going to be a masterpiece..and look how it turned out haha. I do look pretty hilarious huh? I wish you and Noah were in the picture..sniff sniff

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says:

    This salad sounds amazing! Hopefully it not only lifted your day but helped the rest of the week improve too. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog – great to discover yours too 🙂

  4. Yum! I love sweet potatoes and quinoa so I definitely want to try this recipe out 🙂 I miss my family too! I’m printing some pictures from our weekend to put up in my apartment to help me cope 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend min!

  5. Ellie says:

    oh yeahhhh I love Sprouts!!!! they have the best deals too! When I shop there, I get about as much if not more food than if I were to shop at a regular store. And great recipe! 🙂 Many times when Greg sees me cooking or baking up a storm he asks me if I’m feeling alright, since baking is like fun therapy for me. 🙂 Hang in there and God bless you today sissy!

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