7 Days of Salad. Day 4: Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Couscous with Sweet Lime-Ginger Dressing

Sweet Potato Day FourPantry stapes combined with a few fresh ingredients…I usually have a sweet potato or two kicking around in the pantry and couscous and cans of black beans always.  Same for edamame in the freezer.  And with the last of the spinach from the greenhouse, the abundance of mint out in the perennial bed and a smidge of volunteer basil we had in the greenhouse (it had self-planted into one of the citrus pots), I created this colorful, super healthy salad.

Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Couscous Salad w/ Sweet Lime-Ginger Dressing
Serves 4

1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. agave nectar (or to taste)
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. white miso paste
1/4-1/2 tsp. chile garlic paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
dash black pepper

2 sweet potatoes, roasted, cooled, peeled and cut into chunks
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup edamame
2 tbsp. red onion, chopped
2/3 cup (dry) whole wheat couscous, cooked and well-drained
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
4 cups fresh spinach, torn or chopped

Whisk together all dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Gently stir all of the salad ingredients – except the spinach – together, then add the dressing and stir again.  Divide the spinach between four big plates or bowls and top with the salad.

Basil, Ginger, LimesFor a quick side dish, I mixed together a splash of vegetable broth, soy sauce, white miso paste, ground black pepper and a clove of garlic (minced) and tossed in two sliced two zucchinis.  Baked it at 425F until the zukes were tender (turning now and again).  Pretty durn tasty.


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30 thoughts on “7 Days of Salad. Day 4: Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Couscous with Sweet Lime-Ginger Dressing

  1. My Plant Based Family

    I am loving your 7 Days of Salads! Brilliant!

    Also, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details can be found on my post today! 😉

  2. annesturetucker

    Yum – you are a true salad master!
    Yesterday I made your Orzo salad and it was delicious!
    Also thank you for the tip on the wordpress 5K run – I’m in :-)

  3. Rachel in Veganland

    Your salads look so beautiful! This one is so colorful and your orzo salad from yesterday looks divine as well!

  4. Averil

    I’m so glad to have found this space and your 7 days of salad has got me running off to the veggie vendor each morning for fresh produce. So it’s salad for dinner… and a little something from my blog to yours. Do check it out at http://averilgomes.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/sunshine-versatile-and-a-plateful-of-pakoras/

    Here’s to great food and a good life

  5. keepinitkind

    Oooh! That dressing sounds amazing! I kinda want to make it and put it on everything. And the photo of the limes and ginger is beautiful!

  6. Richgail Enriquez

    You have a greenhouse? That’s so cool…even cooler that a basil sprouted out of nowhere. Your salad challenge could’ve never been more timely =)

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Yeah, we put it up this past winter – it’s wonderful. Had fresh greens even while it was cold outside. Now we have tomatoes, peppers and carrots in there – plus some basil we deliberately planted ;-).

  7. Dudette

    Have you thought about opening a ‘saladeria’ (whatever a salad-shop is called)?! You should 😉

  8. d'liteful cravings

    You put so much time and passion into your salads! I’m inspired, I on the other hand am so lazy! It’s just putting whatever I have in the fridge together and that’s it! :)

    Love this salad so by far – all my favourite flavours and ingredients!

  9. infinebalance

    One word “Yumm.” Seriously… I’m eating this as I type. I made last night for my lunch today. This is really good.

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