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

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

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.


  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!!!

  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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