Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Are you a sweet potato person? What I am asking is that when you go to a restaurant, do you look at the menu and if you spot sweet potato then that is the dish you order? Oh Yes! Me too! Sadly most cafes around here only offer sweet potato wedges (where is your sense of adventure chefs?) which I eventually always end up ordering. Cannot resist roasted sweet potato! But I am also a cauliflower, mushroom, avocado, chickpea, spinach person. If a dish has any of these, God help me, I want to order everything on the menu! So when I see a recipe in a cookbook I love dearly that  has more than one of my favourite ingredients, I just want to cook it. My friend Hetty’s second cookbook Neighbourhood is as gorgeous as her first with an abundance of nourishing, flavour packed salads that look utterly appetising and inviting. I have been cooking from Hetty’s book for the past couple of months and a lot of the recipes use harissa. Like this Cumin Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Harissa Chickpeas. So I first made harissa and you can find the recipe here. My harissa was a well-informed condiment that came together after marrying the best advice from recipes by Hetty, Smitten Kitchen and Ottolenghi. The resulting harissa was slightly more spicy with a really good warming hit of heat. The sweet potato salad itself is super quick to make and really simple but the flavours are out of this world. It makes for a very satisfying meal indeed. Similar to this chickpea recipe I have been making for years, it is fantastic hot or cold which means your lunchbox  and dinner is sorted .

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree I cannot count the number of times I have roasted sweet potato. It is so versatile and you can always shake up the marinade to suit either a Mediterranean salad or a Mexican taco dish in an instant. I like keeping the skin on, it helps keep the sweet potato firm while holding its shape after roasting. It also adds more texture and a subtle smokiness. I always add garlic, cinnamon and salt to the sweet potato before roasting. It tastes amazing with these little additions. Because this recipe uses harissa, I would really urge you to try making this harissa recipe. It is perfect for this salad, not at all spicy but with an incredible depth of flavour . If you are using store-bought harissa, go easy on it. Reduce it to just a tablespoon or two in the recipe otherwise it might be too hot. And by all means, serve it with extra harissa on the side. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Neighbourhood by Hetty Mckinnon

Don’t forget to check out Hetty’s book Neighbourhood for more plant based goodness and if you make this salad and enjoy it, please do leave a rating/feedback in the comments below. Lastly, please share your creations with me by tagging #cookrepublic. I love seeing what you are cooking from the blog! x

 

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Harissa Chickpeas - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

ROASTED SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH HARISSA CHICKPEAS


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  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free

Description

adapted from Hetty Mckinnon’s Neighbourhood cookbook.


Ingredients

for the sweet potato

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (750g), washed peeled and cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

for the salad

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 500g cooked chickpeas (approximately 2 cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 4 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons toasted flaked almonds, to serve
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (convection)/180C (fan-forced). Line a rimmed baking sheet with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients for the sweet potato in a medium bowl and toss to coat evenly. Spread sweet potato on the prepared sheet and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until starting to turn golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium wok or frying pan. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes. Reduce heat and cook until onions are caramelized. Add the chickpeas, harissa and lemon juice. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes until coated and heated thoroughly. Remove from heat and stir through the sweet potato, parsley and coriander. Check for seasoning and adjust with sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Arrange spinach leaves in serving bowls, top with the warm sweet potato and chickpea salad. Garnish with almonds and serve with lemon wedges.

 

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