South African Plum Salad

Today – South African  Plum Salad

 

Plum salad

Dark-pigmented fruits like South African fruit is delicious. Plums, peaches and nectarines are natural skin-boosters as they’re packed with skin-loving vitamins and radiance-enhancing carotene.

South African fruit is counter-seasonal, so is available when European produce isn’t, which means we’re lucky enough to enjoy beautiful sunshine fruit all year round.

Roast South African plums taste sensational in this colourful, healthy warm salad. Thanks to South African Fruit for this lovely recipe

 

plum salad

South African Plum Salad

Serves 4

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 25 minutes

 

8 South African plums, quartered and pitted

500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

2tbsp olive oil

400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1tsp cumin seeds

50g whole almonds

1tsp balsamic vinegar

250g pack cooked red & white quinoa

2 large handfuls young spinach

Dressing:

3tbsp olive oil

2tbsp lemon juice

1tsp wholegrain or Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

 

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.

 

2 Put the sweet potato chunks into a roasting tin with the olive oil. Toss to coat, then roast for 15 minutes. Add the plums, chickpeas, cumin seeds, almonds and balsamic vinegar. Stir together and roast for a further 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly.

 

3 Microwave the quinoa according to pack instructions. Add to the roast fruit and vegetables with the spinach leaves and stir them through.

 

4 Mix together the dressing ingredients. Share the roasted fruit and vegetables between 4 serving plates and sprinkle the dressing on top.

 

Cook’s tip: For extra protein, stir through some chunks of marinated tofu when you add the quinoa. For non-vegans, try adding slices of dry-fried halloumi or chunks of feta cheese.

 

 

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Further foodie reads

You might also like a peek at my recipe for peach marscapone chocolate tart using South African stone fruit

and my recipe for blini sandwich with mango and cream cheese – yum!

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