A Soul Warming Salad Full of Brightness
Today, I bring you a soul-warming creation that will tickle your taste buds and leave you craving more—a roast sweet potato salad with feta, walnuts, and a french orange dressing, all crowned with a luscious tahini drizzle.
When it comes to summer produce, sweet potatoes steal the show with their rich, earthy sweetness. Roasting them intensifies their natural flavours, creating a caramelised exterior that gives way to a soft, creamy interior. It’s the perfect canvas for a hearty salad.
To bring a delightful contrast of textures and flavours, we crumble creamy feta cheese over the sweet potatoes. Its tangy and salty notes mingle beautifully with the natural sweetness, creating a harmonious balance that will make your taste buds sing.
But wait, there’s more! The crunch of toasted walnuts adds a wonderful nuttiness to each bite, while their earthy undertones enhance the autumnal character of the dish. Meanwhile, a vibrant orange dressing—made by combining freshly squeezed orange juice, tangy red wine vinegar, and a drizzle of honey—brings a bright and zesty note that cuts through the richness of the sweet potatoes.
And let’s not forget about the crowning glory—the tahini drizzle. This creamy, sesame-based sauce adds a luxurious and slightly nutty element to the dish, taking it to a whole new level of indulgence. A generous drizzle of this velvety goodness over the salad provides a silky, smooth finish that ties all the components together.
To bring it all together, simply toss the roasted sweet potatoes with the feta, walnuts, and orange dressing in a large bowl. Allow the flavors to meld together for a few moments before serving, ensuring each mouthful is a symphony of textures and tastes.
This roast sweet potato salad with feta, walnuts, and an orange dressing & tahini drizzle is not only a feast for the senses but also a celebration of the season’s bountiful harvest. It’s a salad that embraces the heartiness of autumn while offering a burst of freshness and a touch of indulgence.
So, gather your loved ones, gather around the table, and indulge in this soul-soothing creation. Let the vibrant colors and exquisite flavors transport you to a place of culinary bliss.
Roast sweet potato salad with feta, walnuts, and an orange dressing & tahini drizzle
For the Salad
- 800 g sweet potatoes peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 100 g feta cheese crumbled
- 50 g walnuts roughly chopped
- 100 g mixed salad greens
For the Orange Dressing
- 75 mls freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- For the Tahini Drizzle
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon water or more as needed
- Juice of half a lemon
- Salt to taste
- Sweet Potato: Preheat the oven to 200°C . Sprinkle the spice mix over the sweet potato. Place the sweet potato cubes on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat the sweet potatoes evenly. Roast the sweet potatoes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
- Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper to make the orange dressing. Adjust the seasonings according to taste.
- Tahini Drizzle: In another small bowl, whisk together the tahini, water, lemon juice, and salt to create a smooth drizzling consistency. Add more water if needed.
- Assembly: In a large salad bowl, combine the roasted sweet potatoes, crumbled feta cheese, chopped walnuts, and mixed salad greens. Drizzle the orange dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients. Drizzle the tahini mixture over the salad as a flavourful garnish. Serve the salad immediately and enjoy!