…well, to me anyway!!!
When I think of the salads of the past, of a bit of limp lettuce, a few slices of tomatoes and a bit of cucumber, I can see why people might think salads are boring…but this is nowhere close to boring. Not to me anyway….red onion, tomato, chickpeas, sweet potato, spices, flavours….it’s all good 🙂
Having just thrown this together, I have guesstimated the quantities that I used, feel free to amend based on taste and discovery…
1 large sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
2 medium red onions, sliced
1 can/jar chickpeas, drained and washed
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 tsp pul biber chilli flakes
1 tsp amchur (dried mango) powder
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
Mix together the tomatoes, red onion, chickpeas, pomegranate molasses, tamarind, lemon juice and spices. Stir it well then leave it for the flavours to develop and the juice to emerge from the tomatoes.
*I leave mine overnight in the fridge for use the following day, although, it is already tasty once you’ve made it, it will be even tastier after a few hours.
A few hours later, or the next day, boil the sweet potato chunks until they’re nicely cooked but not disintegrating. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
Put the salad together by adding the sweet potato to the tomato and onion mix, add your coriander and parsley, if using, and drizzle with olive oil.
Serve on its own as a meal, or with a meal, and be prepared to want to lick the plate!
Note: if you find the mixture of tangy flavours too sharp, swap the pomegranate molasses for some a little bit of honey.