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roasted broccoli and sweet potato quinoa salad with curry-lime vinaigrette

lime curry quinoa 2So, I kind of ran a marathon last weekend.  And I kind of didn’t mention it on here because, well, it sucked.  Even though all of the circumstances for marathon day were perfect – the weather was great, I had friends and family who came to support me, and I felt that my training this summer was awesome – the race itself was absolutely no fun.  Well, I take that back – the first 13 miles were fun, but then my pesky left hip started bothering me.  I’ll spare you the boring details but I ended up having to stretch my hip out a LOT.  Like every mile.

The last 5 miles were pretty brutal and for the first time in all 7 marathons that I have run, I felt like I hit the infamous “wall.”  Luckily I have the sweetest husband in the world who rode his bike along the course and stopped every couple of blocks during the last couple of miles to cheer me up.  While I didn’t believe a word he said (I was NOT doing great and I did NOT look awesome) it was uplifting to see his face and hear his familiar voice during a time that was painful and unfamiliar to me.  So glad it’s over.

So, what does this quinoa salad have to do with my race?  It’s what I ate for lunches the week leading up to it!  I wanted a quick, filling, and tasty lunch that I didn’t have to think about preparing that was filled with healthy carbs and protein to fuel me up.  This quinoa salad is just that – carbs and nutrients from the veggies,  protein from the quinoa, and deliciousness from the lime-curry vinaigrette.

Now, I know what you might be thinking about this salad – sweet potatoes and broccoli with a lime curry vinaigrette?!  It sounds a little crazy.  When I first saw this on the menu at a cooking class I took with a friend a few weeks ago, I was quite skeptical myself.  But tasting is believing and I do believe this combination of flavors is deeee-licious.  I also added cauliflower when I made this myself and you too could switch up the veggies to your liking.

In my opinion, the most important part of the salad is the dressing.  It’s made by first making a paste with the garlic, fresh ginger, and curry powder and then finished off by adding some oil, lime juice, and a tiny bit of honey.  How does that NOT sound amazing?  It is full of flavor and somehow works perfectly with the roasted vegetables.  It’s also topped off with a handful of sunflower seeds which adds a great crunch.  As a delicious healthy lunch or a fun side dish, this quinoa salad is definitely worth a try!

lime curry quinoa

roasted broccoli and sweet potato quinoa salad with lime-curry vinaigrette

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  • 1 head broccoli cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 sweet potato diced
  • 1/2 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Toss broccoli, sweet potato, and cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide among 2 baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • While vegetables are roasting, make the quinoa.
  • Combine quinoa with 2 cups of water or chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer with lid on for 15-18 minutes, until quinoa is cooked.
  • To make the dressing:
  • With a mortar and pestle or a fork and plate, mash together the garlic cloves and ginger with salt and curry powder.
  • Combine ginger/garlic paste with olive oil, lime juice, and honey, which I did by shaking it all up in a mason jar.
  • Add additional salt to taste.
  • Put it all together by combining the quinoa, roasted vegetables, and sunflower seeds.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Way to persevere through that hip pain! I wouldn’t have been able to do it…major props! And this salad? Looks and sounds delicious. I love curry so I’m sure I’d love this!

  2. That looks delicious!! Also, I have a half next weekend and I”m pretty sure the results will be similar. I haven’t trained, but got sucked into signing up with friends.

  3. finishing a marathon is ALWAYS an achievement! i have only run one and while i’m happy enough with it, I know I have a better race in me…I just don’t know that I want to train again…esp now when we’ll have a baby! RAGNAR is more my style 😉

    This totally doesn’t sound weird to me, btw! go figure!

  4. Congrats on your 7th marathon! That’s seriously impressive, even if it sucked. I love that your husband tried to cheer you on too, so sweet.

    You are right, I was thinking this salad sounded a little crazy at first but you’ve convinced me it must be good. I know sweet potatoes and lime are good together so I’m sure it all works out. I’m pinning it so I can remember to try it out!

  5. Can’t wait to try this one; your recipes are all so good. I’m falling behind in trying to make them. The baked oatmeal was wonderful; now I’m trying it with steel cut oats, which I love. Also adding raspberries. Just made the second batch and my house smells wonderful.
    The caramel cream cheese pumpkin bars were to die for. Took them to work as I do all the sinful recipes and my coworkers polished them off in record time.
    I have a request. Do you have a recipe for orange sauce, for Chinese orange chicken? I like to try to make that at home but can’t find an acceptable sauce. Just a thought.
    So glad you have the blog–wonderful recipes. Fun to share with others.

    1. Sandy,
      I love requests! I’ll work on an orange chicken recipe in the next couple of weeks. I think my husband will love that – it’s his favorite Chinese dish!

  6. Stumbled on this recipe when I was looking for a recipe to use up broccoli and sweet potato. This was absolutely delicious! I made it exactly as is, except I left out cauliflower and added onion. Great combination of flavors! Will definitely be a great one to bring out when friends are over. Thanks!