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Sweet potato and brown rice salad

A rustic, nutty little salad I make often.  I had something similar once, a packaged salad I purchased in my lunch hour from work and thought, I could make this.  It’s a healthy salad with lovely sweet and savoury flavours; great for work or a healthy dinner.


50g brown rice, rinsed
160g sweet potato, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
Grapeseed oil
40g cooked or tinned drained chick peas
10mls extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed or walnut oil
1 x 20ml tblspn balsamic vinegar
1 x 20ml tblspn honey wholegrain mustard
15g chopped walnuts or pecan nuts
Green onions or spring onions, sliced thinly
2 tblspns continental parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Boil rice for 23-25 minutes until tender, then drain. Meanwhile roast sweet potato in grapeseed oil for 25 minutes or until slightly browned and almost cooked – place nuts in roasting pan for 5-7 minutes until toasted (make sure they don’t burn!).

Add brown rice, chickpeas and herbs to a bowl or plate.

Whisk extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and mustard in small bowl.  Allow to sit for 15 minutes or so while potato and nuts are cooling.  Add sweet potato and nuts to brown rice and toss gently with dressing.

Serves: 1

    9 Responses leave one →
    1. Eva @ Four Leaf Clover permalink
      July 23, 2011

      This looks so simple and yet so tasty and filling. I definitely need to look through more of your recipes. Just the "you might also like" section is making me hungry, ha! I'll have to try this recipe sometime soon as I looove chickpeas!

    2. April 18, 2012

      I love roasted sweet potato, especially in salads!! This looks lovely!

      • April 19, 2012

        Thanks Ambika, sweet potato is one of my favourite things :)

    3. Kim permalink
      January 2, 2013

      Looks good but I really have no way of doing these metric measurements here in the US.

    4. November 21, 2013

      Mouthwatering! On the list to try next week.
      Thank you :)


    5. Rebecca permalink
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks so much for sharing your delicious salad! !!
      I have made it a few times already and is now on my favourite salad list.
      I took it today to a bbq gathering with friends and everyone asked for the recipe.
      An absolute winner. …
      I was excited to read that you are in Brisbane too!
      I look forward to trying sine more of your recipes.

      • January 27, 2014

        That’s awesome Rebecca! So happy you all enjoyed it.

        Also lovely to have another Brisbane reader 😀

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