15-Minute Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Avocado + Creamy Peanut Butter Dressing (Vegan)

This sweet potato arugula salad is the perfect quick and healthy mid-week lunch, that you can prepare in just 15 minutes! With a hack to make the most amazing “roasted” sweet potatoes (in only 10 minutes) and with the creamiest 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing, this gluten free + vegan arugula salad makes eating healthy the easiest thing in the world.

Overhead shot of the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad with avocados, drizzled with the creamy peanut butter dressing in a white ceramic bowl. Two forks and a beige napkin are next to the bowl. Linseeds and sunflower seeds are sprinkled around the surface, along with a few arugula leaves.

Okay, so… hear me out. Brownies are awesome. Making a kickass vegan cake is the best feeling ever. Marshmallow brownies are the stuff sweet, sweet dreams are made of. It’s all true. But, on a random Tuesday, when you’re still having flashbacks to allthesugar and allthebaking that happened over the weekend… the last thing you want to see is more brownies. Ugh. No.

Plus, balance. The word is thrown around like confetti nowadays. But with all the running around and the stressing out and the (attempted) adulting, balance sounds just about perfect. Therefore: salad.

A fun, delicious, nourishing 15-minute sweet potato arugula salad that’s so good I want to live in that salad bowl. And if you don’t think a salad can be quite that amazing: you’d be wrong. 

Nutty and slightly spicy arugula (a.k.a. rucola, a.k.a. rocket lettuce).
Creamy avocados.
10-minute “roasted” sweet potatoes (yes, there’s a trick… it’s amazing #humblebrag).
The most amazing creamy 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing.

Close-up of the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad with avocados, drizzled with the creamy peanut butter dressing in a white ceramic bowl.

Let’s talk about the fake-roasted sweet potato part of this arugula salad. Because let’s be real here: ain’t nobody have time for slow-roasting the sweet potatoes for 30 minutes in the oven on that random Tuesday. Want to know my cheat? (Yes you do, yes you do.)

Microwave the sweet potato chunks until they’re perfectly soft (about 8 minutes give or take), and then pan fry them in some good ol’ coconut oil. The result are the most amazing sweet potatoes: soft and fluffy on the inside, caramelised on the outside, with a few crispy bits thrown in. And all of that in just 10 minutes! 

The 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing is another revelation. Creamy and decadent and nutty, it goes perfectly with this sweet potato arugula salad. And the four ingredients are just peanut butter, hot water, lemon juice and salt. That’s right: two of those four ingredients are salt and water.

Now, hot water is the absolute key here. It combines with the peanut butter more easily than cold water, and amps up the creaminess factor by… about a bazillion. It’s all about that creamy, velvety texture here. (If, however, you’d like a bit more crunch in your salad, go for the crunchy peanut butter!)

Just check out that drizzle. Da-yum!

Close-up of the peanut butter salad dressing being pored onto the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad.

Close-up of the peanut butter salad dressing being pored onto the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad.

Overhead shot of the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad with avocados, drizzled with the creamy peanut butter dressing in a white ceramic bowl. Two forks and a beige napkin are next to the bowl. Linseeds and sunflower seeds are sprinkled around the surface, along with a few arugula leaves.

And don’t get me started on how ridiculously HEALTHY this sweet potato arugula salad is, with the healthy fats from the avocados and peanut butter, the fibre from the arugula and sweet potato, and the vitamins + minerals… in pretty much every part of this salad.

Best of all: it tastes like an absolute feast. Like an indulgence.

And all of this… in 15 minutes. This delicious, healthy sweet potato arugula salad, that makes you feel like you’re doing something right, that you’re a pro at this adulting thing, and that balance is your middle name. Not bad for a random Tuesday salad. Not bad at all.

Overhead shot of the vibrant sweet potato & arugula salad with avocados in a white ceramic bowl. Two forks and a beige napkin are next to the bowl. Linseeds and sunflower seeds are sprinkled around the surface, along with a few arugula leaves.

15-Minute Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Avocados + Creamy Peanut Butter Dressing

This sweet potato & arugula salad is the perfect quick and healthy mid-week lunch, that you can prepare in just 15 minutes! With a hack to make the most amazing “roasted” sweet potatoes (in only 10 minutes) and with the creamiest 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing, this gluten free + vegan arugula salad makes eating healthy the easiest thing in the world.

Course Lunch or dinner, Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword arugula, avocado, dinner, gluten free, healthy, lunch, peanut butter, salad, salad dressing, sweet potato, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kat | The Loopy Whisk

Ingredients

For sweet potato & arugula salad:

  • 1 medium (350 g) sweet potato
  • 1 - 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups (50 g) arugula (also known as rucola or rocket salad)
  • 1/2 medium (75 g) avocado, sliced

For peanut butter salad dressing:

  • 2 tbsp (40 g) peanut butter
  • ~3 tbsp (45 mL) hot water
  • 1 - 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

For "roasted" sweet potatoes:

  1. Wash the sweet potato thoroughly and slice it into ~1/2 inch (~1 - 1.5 cm) thick slices. Wrap each slice individually into a damp kitchen towel.

  2. Place the wrapped sweet potato slices onto a microwave-safe plate, and microwave them on the highest setting for about 4 minutes. Flip the slices and microwave for a further 4 minutes. Check whether the sweet potato slices are cooked, and if they're not, microwave them in 15 - 30 second intervals until they're perfectly soft.

    To check if the sweet potato slices are cooked, try to insert a sharp knife – it should just pass straight through.

  3. Once cooked, remove the sweet potato skin and cut the slices into chunks. 

  4. Heat a pan until very hot, add the coconut oil and toss in the sweet potato chunks. Allow the chunks to caramelise by leaving them on one side for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then flip them over and fry them on the other side for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  5. Set aside.

For peanut butter salad dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter and hot water until fully combined - the mixture should be super creamy and almost fluffy in texture.

  2. Add the lemon juice and season with salt to taste.

Assembly:

  1. Place the arugula, sliced avocados and "roasted" sweet potatoes into a bowl and drizzle with the peanut butter dressing.

  2. Enjoy!

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15-Minute Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Avocados + Creamy Peanut Butter Dressing - This sweet potato & arugula salad is the perfect quick and healthy mid-week lunch, that you can prepare in just 15 minutes! With a hack to make the most amazing “roasted” sweet potatoes (in only 10 minutes) and with the creamiest 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing. Gluten free recipe. Healthy recipe. Salad recipe. Salad dressing recipes. Vegan lunch. Easy salad recipe. #healthyrecipes #healthyeating #salad15-Minute Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Avocados + Creamy Peanut Butter Dressing - This sweet potato & arugula salad is the perfect quick and healthy mid-week lunch, that you can prepare in just 15 minutes! With a hack to make the most amazing “roasted” sweet potatoes (in only 10 minutes) and with the creamiest 4-ingredient peanut butter dressing. Gluten free recipe. Healthy recipe. Salad recipe. Salad dressing recipes. Vegan lunch. Easy salad recipe. #healthyrecipes #healthyeating #salad

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