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Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Sweet Potato

Simple Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Sweet Potato – a tasty Fall side dish! Features an easy balsamic glaze dressing recipe.

arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

I absolutely love this Fall arugula salad because what goes well with arugula? Roasted sweet potatoes! And healthy sweet potato recipes that are easy and delicious are right up my alley. You also can’t go wrong with some tangy, creamy goat cheese crumbled all over.

ARUGULA SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND ROASTED SWEET POTATO

If you aren’t familiar with it you may be asking what does arugula taste like? Arugula is a dark leafy lettuce that has a sharp, peppery taste. It can have a strong flavour and be a little harsh on its own.

How do you make arugula taste better? Adding sweetness to offset the snappy greens makes everything balance out nicely. In this yummy salad recipe, we use sweet potatoes as well as the balsamic glaze dressing to bring that sweetness to the dish.

Add in the creamy goat cheese cheese and we have a winner, folks!

arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

Does your spouse ever surprise you?

When Joe came meandering through the kitchen to see what was in the works I flat out told him he wouldn’t like it. The goat cheese, sweet potato, arugula thing usually isn’t his speed. Well, I was wrong! By the time I turned around he had totally finished a whole plate.

I was so happy.

Man pleasing meals, especially ones with arugula are doubly satisfying. I remember how impressed with myself I was when Joe first drank a green smoothie and declared it “Not bad”. That to me means total success. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, back to the recipe.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS ARUGULA SALAD

A few things to gather and we are on our way!

  • arugula
  • sweet potatoes
  • goat cheese
  • balsamic glaze
  • olive oil
  • garlic puree or garlic powder
  • dried rosemary
  • sea salt
arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

STEP BY STEP

The first thing to do is get your sweet potatoes roasting. Can you cook sweet potato with the skin on? Yes, you can! In fact, a lot of nutrition is in those skins so I cook them with the skins on and I eat them too. πŸ˜‰ Just give them a good scrub and it’s probably a good idea to buy organic.

Slice up that scrubbed sweet potato, skin and all, into evenly sized rounds and toss them in olive oil. I used my rosemary infused version and highly recommend it. I also rubbed a little of the garlic purΓ©e into them as well. That stuff is the bomb.

If you don’t have time to make it, garlic powder works fine too! I do both.

sliced rounds of sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl being coated in olive oil

Lay the sweet potatoes out on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop them into a warm oven to roast. Meanwhile you can prep the rest of the salad.

sweet potatoes sliced into rounds and laid on a baking sheet

Onto our arugula! Is arugula the same as rocket? Yes, indeed they are one and the same. Both rocket and arugula are derived from Italian words.

Toss your arugula with a little balsamic and olive oil. Once again, I used the rosemary-infused oil and I also used the balsamic reduction I made earlier in the week. The flavours of a reduced vinegar are much sweeter which is a nice contrast to the peppery greens.

You can make your own as I did but balsamic glaze is also easily available at the grocery store too.

arugula leaves in a bowl being dressed with balsamic glaze dressing

By now the roasted sweet potatoes are ready.

roasted sweet potatoes on a baking sheet

HOW TO SERVE THIS SALAD

Place those gloriously crispy potatoes on a plate and top them with the dressed arugula and crumble on your desired amount of goat cheese. I can’t tell you how much cheese to use, just listen to your heart!

This arugula salad with goat cheese and roasted sweet potato is to be served warm right out of the oven and can be alongside any protein you like! Chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, and of course turkey all will pair nicely with this arugula salad.

This dish is also great for the holidays, as it can look pretty fancy all drizzled in the balsamic.

arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

The warm potato melts the cheese just enough. The textures are so perfect together.

a fork with a bite of arugula salad, sweet potato and goat cheese

This is a keeper recipe.

The potatoes alone are great if you just wanted to whip those up as a side dish! But why not go all in considering how simple the recipe is. Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

Enjoy!

arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

Originally posted November 28, 2014. Updated December 1, 2020.

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arugula salad topped with crumbled goat cheese served on top of roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with balsamic glaze

Arugula Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese

Sharon Rhodes
Simple Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Sweet Potato – a tasty Fall side dish! Features an easy balsamic glaze dressing recipe.
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 371 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALAD

FOR THE DRESSING

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Scrub the sweet potato clean and slice it into 1/2 inch thick rounds and place them in a small mixing bowl.
  • Toss the sweet potato rounds in the oil, sea salt, garlic, and dried rosemary until well coated then place them evenly spaced onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flip them, and roast for 5 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl add the oil and balsamic reduction and, using a fork, stir it well to combine it. Add the arugula and toss it well to coat the leaves.
  • Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a plate. Top the warm potatoes with the dressed greens and crumble the goat cheese on top. Drizzle with extra balsamic reduction, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 528mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 17274IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 2mg
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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wowza! This is my favorite! I followed the recipe and just made it as my meal instead of a side. It was the best ever, it might get made again tomorrow!

  2. 5 stars
    Ha Ha! I know what you mean about man pleasing meals, especially ones with arugula, being doubly satisfying! I’m sure my guys would be pleased by this a well!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for my partner last night and it went down brilliant, he absolutely devoured it after coming back from the gym, just what he needed but he did have some chicken of the side lol
    The balsamic glaze over the top just gave it that sweet taste that goes perfect with rocket and sweet potato πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. 5 stars
    ohhh, I love the tangy goats cheese with sweet potatoes. Just the perfect salad that doesn’t leave me hungry afterwards. I can see why your husband finished a plate off in no-time.

  5. Love how simply, healthy and delicious this sweet potato salad is. I always am on the lookout for delicious salad recipes to quickly make for myself, so thanks for sharing this one!

    1. Thanks Thalia. πŸ™‚ I’m with you on loving quick and easy salads. I was so happy how simple yet effective the roasted sweet potatoes were. Have a great weekend!

  6. Great flavour combination! I love pairing tangy cheeses with the sweetness of sweet potato/winter squash – you can never go wrong.