moroccan-ish sweet potato sunshine salad
July 1st, 2015
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- moroccan-ish sweet potato sunshine salad
- When we adopted our little gal Cleo through a local rescue organization, we were able to do some digging into her past through some Facebook posts and timeline updates. A local had found her and her siblings as pups in a drainage pipe beside a busy highway in the middle of a thunderstorm. From there, they spent some time at that family’s home regaining their strength and getting healthy again. A volunteer then drove them all the way to Ontario from Louisiana to be placed in temporary foster homes. A few weeks after our girl had been in Canada, we adopted her and brought her home.
- I get a little lump in my throat when I think about what she went through to find us, and how loving, intuitive, and sweet she is despite all of those shitty circumstances. When she snuggles up to me when I’m feeling kinda cruddy, or greets me with extra kisses when I rush through the door, or when she bugs me for a walk when I’ve been at the computer too long, I know that our lives are fundamentally linked. There’s an understanding there that goes beyond basic needs being met.
- I mention all of this today because I have the chance to help out a whole lot of animals, just like our own sweet pup, through the amazing work of World Animal Protection. They were my charity of choice when I signed up to participate in this shake-off with the folks at So Delicious Dairy-Free. Their reach extends to companion animals in communities, animals in the wild, farm animal welfare, education initiatives, and assisting animals affected by natural disasters. I know I mentioned this last week, but I would be so grateful if you could help me bring in a big donation for this amazing organization by voting here.
- This salad is all sweet potato goodness today because that’s Cleo’s favourite treat. We get those sweet potato jerky slices for her, but I also give her little pieces when we’re having them roasted or steamed for dinner. This dish has a bit of a Moroccan stew vibe, but appropriately cool for summer. I treat it like a potato salad essentially, but with lots of extra vegetables, some chickpeas, and a creamy date, lemon and spice vinaigrette. This salad’s got a little extra something going on, but I think it could certainly be a crowd pleaser at any old outdoor gathering you might get up to, and I hope you do get up to some of that good livin’ soon :)
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- moroccan-ish sweet potato sunshine salad recipe
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- notes: If I had thought of this at the time, I would have added some cooked quinoa or millet to the mix–about a 1/2 cup of dry grain cooked. Also, I’m guessing mini sweet potatoes aren’t available everywhere. If I was doing this with regular sweet potatoes, I’d probably take 3 medium sized tubers and cut them down the middle lengthwise, and then just boil them like that and proceed with the recipe as written.
- date vinaigrette:
- 2 pitted dates, soaked in hot water for at least 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled + chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- salt + pepper
- reserved date soaking water
- salad ingredients:
- 1 1/2 lbs mini sweet potatoes
- 2 medium carrots, peeled + small diced (I used some heirloom purple ones for colour contrast)
- 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced into 3/4 inch-ish pieces
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
- 1/2-1 cup cooked chickpeas
- big handful of cilantro leaves, rough chopped
- 1 healthy sprig of mint, leaves chopped
- 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
- salt + pepper