Last Sunday, after my friends had left back to Finland, I felt like I really needed something super fresh and healthy after basically eating fried food, pasta & pizza for 5 days straight. I decided to make a nice and colourful salad which I ended up being pretty happy with, so I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you guys! I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for more inspiration when it comes to cooking, especially salads - I feel like I always just put in the same things! I hope you can find this post even a little bit helpful, and please do let me know if you end up trying it out!
Before starting out with the fresh ingredients, there's a few things you need to prepare first. Chop one small (or more if you're making multiple portions) sweet potato into little chunks, sprinkle them with olive oil and add some salt and pepper. Put them into the oven for about 20 minutes, checking every now and then that they're not getting burned! They are ready when they are soft on the inside and a bit crispy on the outside.
The other thing that you can prepare beforehand is the dressing. Put a few dollops of olive oil in a little jar and add a few different spices that you like - I chose garlic powder, salt & cajun mix. After closing the jar, shake it vigorously so that the spices get mixed up well with the oil. Put the jar aside and start cutting up your vegetables, giving time for the spices to properly infuse into the oil.
Start with a base - I used iceberg lettuce, it's super fresh and crispy!
Chop in about a half a pepper. I used an orange one because I wanted the salad to be as colourful as possible!
Next step: sundried tomatoes!
Actual tomatoes! I love using cherry tomatoes as they are so easy to prepare by just cutting them in halve. I used about 5-7, but it's up to you how big a portion you're after.
Even more colour! I chopped up a good chunk of courgettes into the mix, but I think cucumber would work really well too.
By this point hopefully your sweet potato chunks should be about ready and out of the oven. Have a taste to see if they need any more salt or pepper, and when you have deemed them worthy, add them to your lovely, colouful mix of goodness!
Final step is to add the oil + spice mix you prepared earlier. Just drizzle it on top of the salad and then mix up everything until it looks as messy as mine does above. After that it's time to enjoy - I hope you like it and I hope it makes you feel that being healthy doesn't mean you need to compromise on the taste!