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Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad with Candied Walnuts + Maple Dressing

This fall harvest salad is piled high with spiced roasted sweet potatoes, sweet candied walnuts, and tossed in a tangy maple dressing for a gorgeous Thanksgiving salad you won't be able to get enough of!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 255kcal


Sweet Potatoes:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 1/2-in cubes
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted


  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shavings


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make sweet potatoes: In a small bowl, combine all sweet potato ingredients until evenly coated. Spread onto a greased baking sheet. Roast sweet potatoes at 400F 20 minutes or until very tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Make the walnuts: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring butter, sugar, water, and salt to a boil, stirring occasionally until thickened and golden-brown. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts. Immediately spread walnuts onto parchment paper and let set 10 minutes. Break walnuts into clusters and set aside.
  • Make the salad: In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, spinach, cranberries, Parmesan shavings, roasted sweet potatoes, and candied walnuts. Set aside for a moment.
  • Make the dressing: In a mason jar, shake all salad ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve salad immediately with dressing. Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 162mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 13.9g