Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Meet one of my favorite combos: sweet potatoes + feta. In this quinoa bowl recipe, they're the perfect hearty, tangy topping for grains, greens & nuts.

Quinoa bowl

This quinoa bowl is what I make for dinner most often when no one is looking. It’s my go-to meal when I’m not working on new recipes, when I’m tired after a long day, and when I’ve definitely had too much take-out pho for one week. It’s not a 30-minute meal because roasting a sweet potato takes at least that long, but the rest is so darn simple. Plus, nothing actually calms me more than the wafting aroma of sweet potatoes roasting in my kitchen.

Chopping sweet potatoes

There’s no fancy sauce in this quinoa bowl. You won’t even dirty an extra bowl to mix together a separate dressing. Simply toss the roasted sweet potatoes with quinoa, a bit of feta cheese, and whatever greens, herbs & nuts you might have around. Dress it simply with a drizzle of olive oil, squeezes of lemon, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Serve it in bowls and get cozy! This combination may be simple, but honestly, it’s one of my favorites.

Quinoa bowl recipe ingredients

Quinoa Bowl Recipe Variations

I’ve made a thousand different variations of this easy quinoa bowl recipe over the years. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Roast your chickpeas along with the sweet potato for extra crunch.
  • Use any toasted nut or seed – or a mix – in place of the almonds. I highly recommend pepitas or walnuts.
  • Try millet or farro in place of the quinoa.
  • Add a handful of dried cranberries or dried tart cherries for sweetness.
  • Toss in a few tablespoons of minced herbs – think thyme, parsley, or sage.
  • Use roasted butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes, a mix of roasted root vegetables, or something totally different, like roasted broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts!
  • Make a vegan quinoa bowl by swapping the feta for vegan Parmesan or dollops of pesto.
  • Make a southwestern bowl by swapping the chickpeas for black beans, the lemon juice for lime juice, and finishing it with a drizzle of chipotle yogurt sauce!

Let me know what variations you try!

Quinoa bowl recipe

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4.9 from 18 reviews

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

 
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This simple quinoa bowl is an easy, delicious, and healthy dinner or lunch. It's gluten-free and easily vegan. See above for ideas to make it with whatever ingredients you have on hand!
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed*
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 2 cups baby salad greens
  • Juice of ½ lemon, more to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes.
  2. Toss the roasted sweet potatoes with the chickpeas, quinoa, scallions, cabbage, feta, almonds, and salad greens. Drizzle with olive oil, the lemon juice, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice and season to taste. Toss and serve in bowls.
Notes
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*If you like, add some spice to your sweet potatoes. Toss them with chili powder or a combination of cumin and coriander before you roast them.

 

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  1. Suzanne
    10.22.2020

    I made this last night and loved it. Roasted the sweet potato with recommended spices (chili powder, cumin and coriander), used red onion instead of shallots, cooked the quinoa with a packet of Sazon Goya Coriander and Annatto spices, toasted the almonds, used goat cheese instead of feta, and baby spinach as greens. Combined it all while still slightly warm. Cheese got all gooey and coated the potatoes, spinach wilted slightly. Perfect. Diced up some leftover pork loin roast and had a one-dish dinner. Would definitely make again. I’ve already pinned it. Thanks!

  2. Evelyn
    09.25.2020

    This Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl is delicious!

  3. sianna
    08.02.2020

    SOO good, I love this recipe so much and am looking forward to making this again. It was pretty fast and easy and delicious.

  4. Nicole
    07.19.2020

    This looks great and exactly what I was looking for! If I’m meal prepping this for the week do I hold off on tossing it with the dressing until the day of? Any advice is welcome 🙂 thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.19.2020

      Hi Nicole, you can dress it, I’d just keep the greens separate and toss them in when you’re ready to eat so they won’t get too wilty.

      • Nicole
        07.20.2020

        Thank you so much! Tried it today I’m hooked. So YUM!!

  5. Mel
    04.23.2020

    This recipe is simple and delicious, I make it once a week!

  6. Taylor
    02.06.2020

    This is DELICIOUS. Seriously. I prepped this for my lunches this week and I’ve already decided I’m prepping it for next week’s lunches too! So good!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.07.2020

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  7. Megan
    12.09.2019

    My daughter is allergic to sesame (tahini paste). Is there a substitute that I could use for the dressing?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.09.2019

      Hi Megan, there’s not tahini in this recipe, are you referring to another one?

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