Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato & Pomegranate Salad

This delightful recipe is filled with antioxidant phytochemicals including carotenoids in bright orange sweet potatoes and salad greens, quercitin rich scallions, cancer fighting sulphoraphanes found in baby kale, cancer and anti-cancer punicalgins found in pomegranate seeds, healthy fats found in olive oil and pistachios and cilantro rich in antioxidant polyphenols, Vitamins, A, C, and K as well as potassium and manganese, a micro mineral essential to the production of cell protective SOD (superoxide dismutase) essential to protect DNA damage leading to the development of cancer. The is really is Food as Medicine!


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed, plus olive oil, salt & pepper for roasting
  • 2 cups baby salad greens (baby kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios, toasted & chopped
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 chopped scallions, white and green parts


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Roast the sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Chop the sweet potato into bite sized cubes. Drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until they start to edges start to turn a darker brown.
  2. Make the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt & pepper. Taste & adjust. Set aside.
  3. Assemble all salad ingredients, toss lightly in the dressing.

serves 2 as a main dish, serves 4 as a side dish

This recipe is vegetarian, , gluten free and vegan  and dairy free (if you omit the feta cheese)

This recipe comes from Jeanine Donofrio, the creator of a fabulous foodie blog filled with healthy creative recipes

cilantro and arugula (Photo credit: ms.Tea)