The perfect picnic salad, this black bean salad is vegan and gluten-free made with roasted sweet potatoes, fresh cilantro, and an easy spiced dressing.
1 lb sweet potatoes
1 small red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest from 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed if using canned
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup pepitas
Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Peel sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch cubes and place on a sheet tray. Chop onion into 1/4 inch pieces and add to the tray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on top and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Toss until sweet potatoes are well coated. Spread into a single layer and roast until sweet potatoes are tender and starting to brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
While the sweet potatoes are roasting, combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a jar with the lime juice, 1 teaspoon lime zest, minced garlic, and chili powder. Shake well.
Once sweet potatoes are done, transfer to a bowl. Add in the black beans, pepitas, and cilantro. Drizzle with the dressing and toss until salad is combined. This is best done with the sweet potatoes are still warm.
by Erin Alderson
Tips & Tricks: Double the recipe to use in meals throughout the week.