#8 on my 30 things to do before 30 list: go on a road trip with my closest girlfriends.

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar


This past weekend I was whisked away to a surprise destination for my bachelorette party. I was picked up straight from work by a white truck packed to the brim with girls and stuff (‘cuz we’re ladies and this is how we do things) and had absolutely no idea where I was going.

The destination? Lake Placid, NY.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I can’t possibly explain how happy this made me.

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

The weekend was filled with your typical bachelorette shenanigans, including lots of wine and a few games, but I really (like, really really) felt special on this one.

We did yoga in the morning followed by a hike in the hills, had really yummy food, a sailor theme AND went dancing! I’ve never had a party for myself that was more amazing in my entire life.

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad

And at the end of it I’m left here thinking “I have the absolute best friends in the whole entire world”. Friends that are willing to cross the border for me, go on hikes they otherwise wouldn’t do, and wear little sailor hats.

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Cheers to all the girlfriends out there! It’s the best bond ever!!

Oh, and here’s a snapshot of me and some of my bridesmaids from the night 🙂


After a travel weekend, it’s nice to come home to a big bowl of colourful vegetables like this. This is my comfort food and it is so delicious I could squeal!

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad

Yield: 4 salads


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Big handful of baby spinach
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salsa and sour cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the chopped sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, tossing the potatoes half way. When the potatoes are tender, remove them from oven and set aside.
  2. Place spinach in a large bowl and top with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the salad. Serve with salsa and sour cream (I mixed my sour cream with smoked paprika!), if desired.


-Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

-This salad is very flexible - go to town on your fav toppings!


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22 Responses to Southwestern Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Spinach Salad

  1. Awk! You guys look adorable 😀 That sounds like so so much fun! And the salad looks amazing, so many beautiful colours, and I bet it tasted great! 😀 x

  2. Sounds like a great time! And the perfect, veggie filled salad to come back to.

  3. First, love this salad! What a fun weekend. I’ve never been to Lake Placid, but it’s on my list 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    Aww yay! It sounds like you had one awesome weekend!

    And this salad? Looks amazing. Sweet potatoes and black beans are my favorites … and with the avocado… so good!

  5. Katrina, this salad is gorgeous and looks delicious! That sounds like so much fun! Girlfriends are the best aren’t they?! Glad you checked something off that list 🙂

  6. Meredith says:

    Love this bright and delicious salad!

  7. Monet says:

    All you girls are beautiful and what a wonderful weekend of bridal celebration. And this salad looks so good too. Flavorful and healthy. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    what an amazing bachelorette! I absolutely love that idea! this salad looks incredihble! I could do with a bowl right now!

  9. Your trip sounds awesome! And this salad does too!

  10. Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables says:

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! And that salad sounds like a great meal to come home to. I’ve been doing a lot of salads lately, they really are perfect at this time of year.

  11. sippitysup says:

    Ahhh. Can I be a girlfriend too? GREG

  12. yum, another great recipe. im always on the lookout for new salad ideas, definitely making this salad in my kitchen. thanks for sharing!

  13. LOVE all those southwest flavors 🙂 Looks amazing.

  14. I agree—all of you girls are lovely. It was a joyful picture and I enjoyed looking at it. You get the salad award today as far as I am concerned. I like the variety and the way you arranged it. Very appealing and I know it is equally as tasty.

  15. Joanne says:

    Awwww SO FUN. I love it. I need to send this post to be bridesmaids and be like THIS. You all look so adorable!

    ANd OMG I need this bowl of veggies ASAP. Wedding dieting starts officially August 1st so I need some new healthy delicious fun recipes like this in my arsenal!

  16. Sounds like a well spent time and trip 🙂 And the salad looks so delicious, love all those flavors.

  17. sounds like you have a great group of friends – i love the sailor theme. I hear you about wanting greens in your life after the party, delicious bowl.

  18. Awe looks like your friends planned a really fun trip!! This sa
    Ad looks perfect for summer!!

  19. What a killer salad that solves lots of issues of “What do I do with this in the garden” because it has everything in it! You guys look so pretty!

  20. Sounds like such a fun trip! And this salad looks delicious 🙂

  21. Sofía says:

    Hi there!! That salad looks so fresh, perfect for this summer!

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