Roasted Sweet potato and Chickpeas with Harissa Yoghurt. Served with Kale, Pomegranate, Orange and Pecan salad

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The first time I had a ‘massaged’ kale salad was at my cousins Christmas party in Sweden last year. One of her friends had made it, it was a healthy Ceasar salad and I remember thinking how can raw kale be so nice? The friend of my cousin told me that the secret to nice raw kale was to give it a quick massage as this would make the green leaves softer.
When I told Seb that I was making him ‘massaged’ kale salad for dinner he took the mick out of me. But he too, is now a convert and ……..love raw kale.
I have paired the salad with roasted sweet potato wedges topped with harissa yoghurt and crispy roasted chickpeas.

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Roasted Roots and Quinoa Salad

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I have been making many roasted vegetable salads lately. There are two reasons for this, first of all I love roasted vegetables and secondly they are great when you try to cook and have a unpredictable 8 month old baby to care for. I sometimes prepare the vegetables during his morning nap. This makes the dinner preparation so much easier. The salad can be served warm or cold, on it’s own or as a side with meat or other vegetable dishes.

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Black Rice Salad with burnt Corn and Avocado

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I know we are coming into colder weather but I had to post the recipe for this salad as it’s so good. I have made it three times now and won’t get bored of it. I will probably make it a few more times while there is fresh corn at the green grocer. The salad is great on it’s own or as a side to meat or fish. When I made it for a party the other week, we ate it with corn nachos.
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Spiced roasted Chickpeas, Cauliflower, Plum Tomato salad with Coriander and Lime Yoghurt

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I don’t particularly like chickpeas in their whole form. I find the consistency a bit weird. I have tried to like them but no…..
Now I can say I love them whole!! When roasted they turn nice and crunchy.  Make sure to serve them when they are still warm as they loose their crunch when they cool. They are still really nice but have more of a chewy consistency.
I’m so glad over my recent revelation as this is a great healthy addition to any salad. The peas for this salad got an Indian spiced twist but you could play around with the flavouring. Next on my list is to mix them with crushed garlic and rosemary.

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