Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Pomegranate & Walnuts

From peppery arugula to sweet pomegranate arils, this salad has the perfect balance of flavors. If using a fresh pomegranate, slice it into wedges and submerge in a large bowl of water. Then, gently pry the arils off with your fingers.

a recipe photo of the Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with Pomegranate & Walnuts served on a plate
Photo: Alex Shytsman
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 large sweet potato (about 8 ounces), scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt plus a pinch, divided

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey

  • 5 cups packed fresh arugula

  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)

  • ½ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Place sweet potato slices on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat and arrange in a single layer. Roast for 15 minutes, toss, then continue roasting until the potatoes are soft and browned in places, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk shallot, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup (or honey), the remaining pinch of salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil until the vinaigrette comes together.

  4. Arrange arugula on a serving platter. Top with the sweet potatoes and sprinkle with walnuts, pomegranate arils and goat cheese (if using). Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

To make ahead

Refrigerate dressing (Step 3) for up to 3 days; shake well before using.


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
14g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 5920IU 118%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 310mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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