Festive salad of Sweet potato and kiwi fruit in a parsley, Beetroot, Indian spice and mint pesto

21 Nov

Festive salad of Sweet potato and kiwi fruit in a parsley, Beetroot, Indian spice and mint pesto

The simple things

We had friends over for dinner today. For a couple of hours, according to my husband, I was like the old me. I chatted, I fed people and I smiled lots. I put my phone away and the house was warm. I had Mickey Mouse ears on and my boy dragged me the playroom. He took his little friends hand and they ran around the living room together.

My boy ran up to the other day and sighed, ‘mumma, I missed you…I love you mumma’. He’s been getting up at night because he misses me and wants to sleep next to his mumma.

My husband and I reminisced about travelling to Brighton one winter, when we were crazy young fools. The winds bashed against the sea and the jar wobbled in defence. We were parked outside a chip shop, the aroma seeped inside us and our frozen ears detected banter. The skies were deep grey and we had Robbin Williams playing on the car radio. We returned to the car, watched the waves threaten the pier and ate steaming hot chips off wooden forks.

Life’s most joyful moments are in the simplest ones. We all know that. It’s as complicated as we make it, isn’t it?

My salad is simple. It has few ingredients but they are fresh and invigorating. The kiwi fruit and mint add a juicy vibrancy and the parsley and sweet potato give the salad sweet depth. The salty and pungent chaat masala is not to be compromised on and the Beetroot gives fabulous colour. This is an unusual salad, but then I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t share an unusual recipe. What I really love about this salad is that the juice of the kiwi fruit blends with the chaat masala and the peppercorns an sits on the sweet potato too. This one is a real quencher, do it.


300g sweet potato,peeled and cubed into 3-4cm chunks
4 kiwi fruits, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
50g Beetroot
40g flat leaf parsley
40g coriander
2 tsp chaat masala
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground black and red peppercorns

1. Boil the sweet potato for about 7cm or until the potato is soft enough to pierce through.
2. In the meantime, make the pesto by blitzing together the parsley, mint, chaat masala, beetroot, black pepper and lemon juice. Stop when it is almost smooth in texture.
3. When the sweet potato is cooked, drain and cool until the cubes are dry.
4. Combine the potato, kiwi and the pesto gently until there is even coverage.

I served this with halloumi cheese and some lovely flatbreads and it was magic.

Cooking with Herbs

9 Responses to “Festive salad of Sweet potato and kiwi fruit in a parsley, Beetroot, Indian spice and mint pesto”

  1. Deb November 22, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Love the flavor combination in the sweet potato salad! And kiwi are in season now, plentiful and inexpensive.

    • Deena Kakaya November 22, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Hi Deb, so glad to see a comment from you and that you like this one. It’s certainly unusual but really fresh and zingy as well as sweet. It was a hit! X

  2. foodbod November 22, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    What a great looking mix ☺️

    • Deena Kakaya November 22, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Elaine, I’m so glad that you like it. The flavours of the kiwi and herbs attach so well to the sweet potato, it’s really quite interesting. X

  3. Nip it in the bud November 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    I love how you mix up flavours in ways I would never think to. We’re struggling a bit with cold dark nights here leading to poor stodgy food choices and have been looking for inspiration for more warming salad options. Sweet potatoes are so comforting but I usually do little more than bake them like potatoes. Shame my mint plant died but hey ho, that’s what supermarkets are for …

    • Deena Kakaya November 27, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Hi, thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely words, I truly appreciate it!

      I know, this one is pretty unusual and it all started experimentally. I love how the sweet potato just takes on the flavour if kiwi and herbs, makes for yummy and confusing eating! I hope you’ll try it xx

  4. Anita Menon January 19, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Such a vibrant salad – in terms of its spices and flavours…


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