I just wanted to share with you an easy step-by-step of my new favorite recipe, a combination of two of my very favorite foods. I found it at Oh She Glows on a page with another recipe, but I love this recipe so much that on my blog it gets its VERY OWN PAGE! I’ve made it twice already since I found it not long ago and probably will make it again soon!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Warm Salad

I had never had a warm salad before, but it is tangy and fresh and delicious. I promise that if you do not completely hate sweet potatoes, black beans, or cilantro, and especially if you love them like I do, you with love this dish.

To start, you will need:

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (2 large or 3 small-medium)
  • 1 large onion, preferably red, chopped  (1.5 cups chopped)
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional, I left it out because I don’t like it)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh lime juice (Juice of 2 limes), to taste depending on how much you like limes
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained (14-15oz can)
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh cilantro or 1-2 tbsp dried (I’ve tried it both ways and it didn’t seem to actually make a big difference to me)

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place chopped sweet potato and onion onto baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix to coat and season with a sprinkle of salt.

Peeled and Cut Raw Sweet Potatoes

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, remove and toss veggies to ensure even cooking. Bake for  another 20-25 minutes until veggies are tender and slightly brown around the edges. Remove and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing the following ingredients together in a bowl: 1-2 tbsp olive oil, salt, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and cumin. (MAN I love all those things.)

Lime Cilantro Dressing

Now before adding the sweet potatoes, mix in the drained and rinsed black beans and stir well. This gives the dressing a chance to flavor the black beans.

3. When the veggies are done cooking, place them into a large bowl. Add the dressing/black bean mix and stir well. Enjoy warm!

This makes about 4 servings, but I usually split it in half and use it for two full meals. If I can stop myself from eating most of it. 🙂

Sweet Potato Black Bean Warm Salad