I seem to be constantly posting 'easy' recipes these days. I think I am overdue for an afternoon in the kitchen with a complex, multi-step dish. For now, though, easy seems to be it.
Fortunately, I think some of you appreciate easy recipes as much as I do. Also fortunately, this salad is easy and delicious. After all, can you go wrong with chickpeas, sweet potato and balsamic vinegar? I don't think so.
This is more of a recipe concept than a strict step-by-step recipe. I guess that's what happens when you do easy meals - they're easy to tweak, tailor and adapt to what suits you. What I did is outlined below, but please feel free to modify to taste and convenience.
Chickpea salad with balsamic roasted sweet potato and carrot
About as easy as you can get when factoring in oven roasting!
Serves 2 as a meal serve, or more people as a side dish.
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2-3 cups shredded lettuce
Preheat your oven to 200'C.
Place the sliced sweet potato and carrot in a roasting dish and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle over the herbs, and toss to mix through.
Roast for 1.5 - 1.75 hours, or until the vegetables are fully cooked. Check after 1 hour and cover the roasting dish (with foil or a lid) at that point.
Allow the vegetables to cool, and then combine with the chickpeas and lettuce. Toss, and serve.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of chickpeas or sweet potato.
Are you into easy dishes or do you regularly schedule more advanced meals / cooking ventures?