So, I have been reading on quite a few blogs, especially on http://mealsandmiles.com/ about the combination of sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and black beans. So, the other day I made myself a quesadilla with this combination and it was DELICIOUS. I added a little cumin(sorry, Beth FS), cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to the sweet potato.
So, this morning, when I was doing one of my favorite weekend morning activities; drinking coffee, reading magazines, cutting coupons and recipes, and watching my DVR, I was delighted to come across a recipe in my SELF magazine. It was a Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad. I never thought to add it to a salad. And I love warm ingredients on a bed of greens, because I love my lettuce/greens a little bit wilted. (Weird, I know.)
So, I cut up a sweet potato in cubes and baked it at 375 for 15-20 minutes, coated in cooking spray and sea salt. In the mean time, I filled a bowl with lettuce, yellow pepper, tomatoes, goat cheese, and black beans. I was trying to decide what dressing I would put on this.
Now, I know salad dressings are frowned upon by the healthy masses, but they are one thing I just LOVE LOVE LOVE. I don’t need a lot, but I do need it. As I was deciding what I wanted to put on here, I remembered a salad dressing that Beth FS had made for this delicious BBQ chicken salad she makes. The dressing is a mix of one part barbecue sauce to one part ranch dressing. It is the best taste ever, and a little goes a long way. An added bonus was that I had just found that they sell Bob Evans Wildfire BBQ sauce in the grocery store, so I had purchased some this week. So, I whipped up 1 tbsp of each, and I didn’t even use half of that. I put that on the salad before I added the sweet potatoes.
The end result was so delicious, I ate it before I could take a picture of it. And it was so satisfying. I highly recommend this to anybody who likes this combination of flavors.
What are your favorite flavor combinations?