This lovely salad doesn’t have to be overly spicy hot – see our suggestions below. The idea is to offset the flavour of the sweet potatoes with tangy, spicy flavours – including the lime! You could also add some black beans to boost nutrients (protein, calcium, iron) and make it more substantial.
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225g/8oz sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm/½ inch cubes
1 tbsp oil – rapeseed, olive or plain
In a small bowl mix:
1 tsp cumin + ¼ tsp cayenne/mild chilli + salt and black pepper to taste (replace the cayenne or chilli with paprika if you prefer – regular or smoked)
250g/9oz/1½ cups cooked sweetcorn (frozen, drained tinned or fresh)
2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
1 red, orange or yellow pepper, chopped quite fine
1 good handful of coriander or parsley. Chop it fine
A few pieces of jalapeno pepper from a jar chopped roughly OR ½ a large green chilli, seeds removed and chopped fine
½-1 tin black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp olive or cold-pressed rapeseed oil
1 small garlic clove, crushed
Zest and juice of ½ -1 lime, depending on taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
Line a baking tray with foil and place the sweet potatoes on it. Drizzle the oil and toss well to coat the potato cubes. Sprinkle the cumin, cayenne/chilli, salt and pepper mixture and toss to coat this also. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, make the salad mix. Steam or microwave the sweetcorn if necessary. Then, in a medium bowl, add the cooked sweetcorn, spring onions, peppers and jalapenos or fresh chilli if using. Toss to combine. (Save the coriander/parsley until you’re ready to serve).
Mix the dressing ingredients with a fork in a small bowl to combine.
Mix the sweet potatoes into the bowl of salad, stir in the dressing and toss well. Fridge until ready to eat. Sprinkle the fresh herbs on at the very last minute.