There is something so autumnal about those gloriously orange fleshy vegetables like pumpkins, squashes and sweet potatoes, which taste simply heavenly roasted. So when the guys at Florette Salad recently asked me to create a salad recipe for them using their salad leaves I knew I wanted to include roast sweet potato. Gone are the days of boring salads, with just lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, salads now can be as adventurous as you want.
My salad recipe has some key ingredients that I particularly like at the moment feta, cranberries and of course roast sweet potato. Paired with the Florette Classic Crispy mix of frisée, lambs lettuce and radicchio tossed with a little sweet chilli balsamic dressing, this is a winning salad recipe that will keep those hunger pangs at bay. Sweet potatoes are incredibly tasty but also bursting with calcium, potassium and vitamins A (beta carotene) and C. Unlike regular potatoes that are regarded as a starchy food, sweet potatoes are a non starchy carbohydrate that count as one of your five a day.
If you are looking for salad inspiration then there are plenty of salad recipes on the Florette Salad website, so salads need never be dull again.
Here’s my recipe for Roast Sweet Potato and Feta Salad
Roast Sweet Potato and Feta Salad
550g sweet potatoes
½ tablespoon olive oil
a good pinch of cinnamon
1 x 170g bag Florette Classic Crispy (a mix of frisée, lambs lettuce and radicchio)
60g Greek feta
20g dried cranberries
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon runny honey
salt and pepper
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
1. Pre heat the oven to Fan 180°c
2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2.5cm cubes and place in a roasting tray. You don’t need to be exact but try to ensure the sweet potatoes cubes are roughly the same size so they roast evenly.
3. Drizzle over the olive oil, add a good pinch of cinnamon then season with salt and pepper. Give the tray a good shake to ensure everything is well coated. Then roast in the oven for 25 minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft when pieced with a knife.
4. Meanwhile, make the dressing by placing all the dressing ingredients in a jam jar, place on the lid and give it a good shake.
5. Toss the Florette Classic Crispy leaves in as much dressing as you want. Divide the leaves between two plates.
6. To the salad leaves, add the roast sweet potato, crumble over the feta and then sprinkle over the dried cranberries. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Julie McPherson
If you would like an alternative to roast sweet potato, why not try roast butternut squash instead, which is also rich in beta carotene too.
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Until next time.
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