Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Go West, Young Salad

I like Hummus on my salads. Alot. However, traditional hummus doesn't necessarily go with every kind of salad. I was in the mood for a Southwestern inspired salad so I  made a "winter worthy" salad by adding sweet potato roast disks and a chili bean-corn spicy hummus. While the look of this particular hummus came out looking more like steak tartar, it was delicious. I would recommend kicking up the heat with a habanero or Tabasco sauce.



Southwest Salad with Chili Bean Hummus, Sweet Potato and Avocado

Ingredients:
1 can chili beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup frozen corn
2 tbsp. chopped garlic
¼ cup cilantro
½ lemon
2 dash habanero sauce/Tabasco
½ large sweet potato, cut into disks
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. chili powder
2 cups mixed baby greens
2 roast bell pepper, chopped
¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ avocado, chopped
olive oil
salt
pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450. On a parchment covered baking sheet, lay the sweet potato disks in a single layer and sprinkle with the olive oil and chili powder. Place in oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes until beginning to be tender and one side is crisping. Turn over and continue to cook another 10-12 minutes. Remove when done cooking.

Meanwhile in a food processor, combine chili beans, corn, cilantro, garlic, juice of half of a lemon, and salt and pepper. Pulse until combine. Then with the motor running drizzle in olive oil until smooth.

To compose salad, toss greens with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Add tomato and bell pepper and toss again. Plate greens over sweet potato around the edge. Spoon 1-2 heaping spoonfuls of chili bean hummus in the center of the salad and sprinkle avocado pieces over top.

2 comments:

  1. Wow. That salad looks simply amazing. Woooow. I'm going to have to try that!! I have a friend coming to stay for a week that's a vegetarian so I'll be trying some of your recipes I do believe!!!

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  2. Yum...this looks totally scrumptious and has a lot of my favorite things...definitely going to be trying this one soon! It can't possibly be anything less than delicious. Thanks!

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