Roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic

16 Jul

Roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic

Initially I thought this salad too simple to share the recipe for, but it’s so frigging good.

Roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic

Now, I am sure you know about how I have been simplifying my life recently. I have been spending weekends with less fretting about where this is all going and more time discussing the best parks and gastro pubs. The grand plan is less frequently referring to the clutter of attainments and more the sequence of activities the coordination of multiple children around the zoo. My Google searches aren’t so vocation oriented and are more about reincarnation, the key characters of the Mahabharata and people who are evidence of ‘devolution’.

This healthy vegetarian salad does not have anything to do with the feeling I got when I looked at the mirror this morning and the immediate bolt of, ‘oh goodness I look like one of those mothers’. It doesn’t relate to the inner sigh I experienced when I was writing this and felt my thighs cling together unfashionably. It certainly isn’t about wanting to fit into all those pre-career break professional clothes. OK, it is. BUT, it tastes SO frigging good.

Now, green garlic sounds exotic and exciting. It is pretty but it is essentially immature garlic before it separates into cloves and intensifies in flavour. Green, or spring garlic has a mellow and verdant flavour and works perfectly for this salad so don’t be put off by the idea of figs and garlic. The blend of sweet potatoes, aniseed-type flavoured Thai basil, creamy goat’s cheese and fleshy figs, there is even an even amount of lime to bring it all together…it’s almost too pleasurable. I am actually not kidding. I’m not…

Roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic


800g sweet potato, peeled cut into wedges

The juice of two limes

Half a bulb of green garlic

One large chilli, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Oil for roasting the potatoes

4 fresh figs cut into wedges, roughly 6 pieces per fig

65g of goat’s cheese

1 tbsp. sesame oil

25g Thai basil, shredded


  1. Coat the wedges lightly in oil and roast them at 200 degrees for 25-30 minutes until they are crisp but definitely soft on the inside.
  2. To make the dressing heat the sesame oil and then add the chilli and garlic and sauté just until the garlic softens but don’t let it brown. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice and salt.
  3. Combine the roasted sweet potatoes, shredded basil and the dressing with the figs and dots of the goat’s cheese.
  4. Serve immediately.

I am sharing this recipe with Lavendar and Lovage for the cooking with herbs challenge


47 Responses to “Roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic”

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche July 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    This looks beautiful, love how colourful it is!

  2. livecook July 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Looks gorgeous!

  3. Elaine @ foodbod July 17, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Sounds as good as it looks ☺️☺️

  4. Katie @ Whole Nourishment July 17, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    A pleasure-full salad sounds about right. A few of my favorite things, figs and sweet potatoes, in one salad, yum!!

    • Deena Kakaya July 17, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      Pleasure-full, I like that! Thanks heaps Katie x

  5. Joanne July 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Any salad that has my favorite veggie AND my favorite cheese AND a spiced up delicious dressing sounds like a salad that I need!

    • Deena Kakaya July 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Joanne you say the nicest things, thank you x

  6. Shashi @ runninsrilankan July 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    WOW – I sure am glad I stumbled by – this combination of roasted sweet potato, fig and goats cheese salad dressed with Thai basil, chilli and green garlic sounds delectable and looks GORGEOUS – all that brilliant color makes me feel am eating something so healthy!! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Hi Shashi, thank you for stumbling by and for taking the time to leave a lovely message. I had the same feelings of tasty virtuous eating…yum x

  7. recipesfromapantry July 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I know this wil pack the right sort of a punch.

  8. Mollie at Yumbles July 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Wow, look at those colours! This looks delish, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya July 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks Mollie, that’s very kind of you x

  9. Sally July 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    You’ve sold it to me 🙂 Looks amazingly vibrant and sounds super delicious.

    • Deena Kakaya July 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you so much Sally, I love the colours and spirit of summer in the UK x

  10. Fuss Free Helen July 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    You have an amazing skill with always coming up with new and mouthwatering flavour combinations Deena! this sounds and looks amazing!

    • Deena Kakaya July 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Helen I’m so flattered, thank you so much for your kind words…smiling lots x

  11. thespicyrd July 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Just fabulous Deena! Love all these flavors and textures paired together, plus added bonus, it’s super healthy too 🙂 Enjoy your simplification time-something I’m trying to work on too!

    • Deena Kakaya July 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank you so much my friend, i try on the healthy front 😉 what sort of simplification activities are you doing ? X

  12. kellie anderson July 21, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    this certainly sounds and looks like my kind of salad – soft, tangy, spicy, wholesome, but dare I add, sensual. Lush.

    • Deena Kakaya July 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      I’m so glad you said it Kellie, it’s what I said to the hubby. Mmm x

  13. Johanna GGG July 21, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Oh that sounds like the sort of fancy salad that makes me wish for summer – and it looks just the thing to take out on a picnic (because you know when you are out and about you will never buy anything this good!)

    • Deena Kakaya July 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Joanne, great to hear from you.

      Oh great idea on taking this salad on a picnic, sweet potatoes do keep well when roasted. Thank you. Xx

  14. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    This sounds amazing! Sweet potato and goats cheese are 2 of my favourite things to eat.

  15. mjskit July 22, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    I LOVE this salad! What a fabulous combination of ingredients – all of which I really, really enjoy! thanks for sharing this!

    • Deena Kakaya July 22, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      That is high praise indeed, thank you so much xx

  16. Rhonda Sittig July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Deena– this does look amazing– I love all the flavors involved! When I visited our kids in China, I ran across green garlic, but haven’t seen it here. I’ll have to track it down. I’d love to try this dish!

    • Deena Kakaya July 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      Hi Rhonda, so glad that you like this one. How did they use the green garlic in China? Let me know if you find some and try this salad x

      • Rhonda Sittig July 23, 2014 at 12:08 am #

        My son and his family lived there and they used it in dishes stirred up in the wok, along with other vegetables. I really like it’s more subtle flavor…

  17. Claudia ~ Food with a View July 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Awsome, Deena! Perfect combination of ingredients – would love to have such a plate right away :-).

  18. coconutcraze July 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    This is extremely good! Never seen or heard of tender spring garlic! Do they even sell it in the market? Love this combination…beautiful colours too!

    • Deena Kakaya July 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Thanks you so much, yes green garlic is available here but not in all supermarkets. I got mine from ocado, do let me know if you get hold of some x

  19. Nazima July 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    this sounds so delicious. Definitely one foe a weekend supper for me. Thanks for sharing Deena xx

    • Deena Kakaya July 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

      So glad that you like this one Nazima and that too as a meal idea rather than a side dish. I’m very pleased xx

  20. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry July 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    I just got me some goats cheese Deena….

  21. jessthetics July 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    This looks amazing, and definitely not too simple at all. I never would have thought to put figs in a salad, and I bet it’s so tasty! I’ve been trying to eat a bit more healthy recently, and this looks nourishing and delicious at the same time 🙂 xx

    • Deena Kakaya July 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      So glad thAt you like it and didn’t find it too simple. Have to say, this one really packs a punch ! X

  22. Sophie33 July 29, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    I made your delectable dish & loved the combinations so much! Really tasty! xx

    • Deena Kakaya July 29, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks so much Sophie, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this recipe x

  23. karen278 October 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Such FABULOUS ingredients and vibrant colours too! Karen xxx

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