February is Heart-Healthy Month.
Celebrate with this tasty Roasted Sweet Potato and Citrus Quinoa Salad!
My backyard currently looks like some sort of combination between a giant maze and a luge course. I’m fairly certain our dogs feel like they are training for the Winter Olympics when they go out. Here in upstate New York, we’ve been hit with wave after wave of snowstorms lately. That snow doesn’t have anywhere to go but up. Higher…and higher…and higher. (I heard that we’ve had more snow here in recent weeks than any time since the early 1980’s.)
Now that the snow is as high as the back deck, my goal is to build an ice sled off the corner of the porch. You know, pack the snow in, flatten out the top, build some ice rails on the sides…the whole 9 yards. Heck, maybe I can even pour some water on top of the ramp to get it nice and icy. Doesn’t that sound so Calvin & Hobbes? Of course, with my luck, I’d probably end up flying straight through the back shed. Oh well, the risk might actually be worth it!
When we’re snowed in like this, my wife and I both crave fresh fruit like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t know if it’s our bodies asking for Vitamin C or our minds asking for warmer temperatures, but bring on the fruit! We’ve been known to make massive fruit salads to snack on for lunch. There is always a big bowl of fruit sitting on our counter, and we each grab a piece of fruit for lunch everyday.
So let’s have a little heart-to-heart conversation. How are those New Year’s Resolutions holding up? Do you have a pile of leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate sitting on your counter? Well, it’s time to balance those sweets with this tasty Roasted Potato and Citrus Quinoa Salad! With February being Heart-Health month, I decided to whip up a fun and healthy salad using Dole fruits and veggies. (Yup, fruits and veggies in the same dish!) Not only is this salad tasty (like really tasty), but apples are also loaded with heart healthy benefits. That’s a win-win in my book!
A couple of weeks ago, my wife went on a girls’ skiing trip for the day. (That’s ok, she left me home by the fire with the first Game of Thrones book.) When she came home, she told me that one of the other girls had made a big quinoa salad for everyone to share at lunch. But this wasn’t any ordinary quinoa salad. It included roasted sweet potatoes, green apples and red onion. Of course, I was intrigued.
I’ve been thinking about that salad for days now, and I decided to recreate a similar version. I added in some diced pineapple…mainly because I love pineapple. I also whipped up an Apple Cider Vinaigrette to toss in there, too. The result is straight magic, folks! I would never have thought about combining roasted sweet potatoes with chopped fresh fruit. But this salad could very well become a staple side dish in our house…it’s that good!
Eating healthy isn’t hard at all when the dish is loaded with flavor. Speaking of healthy, a moderate amount of daily exercise can be super helpful for your heart, too. I’m not saying you need to hit the weights every morning. Just a 30-minute power walk each day will do it. Or perhaps play a game of basketball or hit the ski slopes with your friends. It all counts. As for me, I think I’ll get today’s exercise in by building that ice sled in my backyard!
Scroll down for more heart healthy recipes like a tasty Heart Smart Salad as well as some fun Heart-in-Hand Tarts.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dole.
The opinions and recipe are all my own.