December 08, 2010

Roasted Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad

Sometimes all it takes is to see a recipe in a magazine I'm browsing or in a cooking show that I'm watching on tv, and I feel like there's a whole factory of ideas starting to develop. This roasted sweet potato and pomegranate salad was an outcome of one of those moments. I was browsing the latest Delicious magazine and saw a recipe for Jamie Oliver's eggplant salad. I didn't have eggplant, but I did have sweet potato and decided to adapt Jamie's idea for a warm salad.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, crushed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil

handful baby spinach
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
1/4 lemon, juiced

3 tbsp slivered almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 180C.

Place the sweet potato on a roasting tray lined with baking paper. Heat a small frying pan on high and toast the cumin seeds until fragrant. Remove from the heat and place the seeds in a mortar. Crush the seeds with a pestle until fine. Sprinkle the cumin on the sweet potato, add the garlic, salt and pepper and some olive oil. Mix everything to coat evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.

Place the sweet potato in a large bowl and toss in the spinach. Add the pomegranate and the lemon juice and toss well to combine. Sprinkle on the almonds and serve on its own or as a side dish.




  1. i love your colourful salads maria! perfect for the lead up to xmas! hey are ya coming to the picnic on sat?

  2. This is a beautiful, healthy and tasty salad!
    Congratulations on your beautiful blog! It is my first visit and I am looking forward to come back soon :-)

  3. This sounds perfect! The sweet and tangy flavor combo is to die for!

  4. Another lovely salad! I love warm salads, especially during the winter!

  5. Healthful healthful healthful! These words just keep coming to me when I see this salad.

  6. looks like the perfect combo of flavours and textures!! yummy!!

  7. A beautiful fresh healthy salad!

  8. I love pomegranate. Excellent idea to combine it with sweet potato. Sweet and sour, heavy and light.

  9. This is such a perfect salad for this time of year! Gorgeous photos :)


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