2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
540mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup beluga black lentils
1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecan halves
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves + more for garnish
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
Honey Harissa Dressing:
1/4 cup flaxseed oil, or extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs honey mustard
1 Tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
2 tsp harissa paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 190 C.
In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the honey harissa dressing.
Add 1/4 cup of the dressing with the sweet potatoes and spread out onto a lined baking sheet.
Add another 2 tablespoons of the dressing with the chickpeas and spread out onto another lined baking sheet.
Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
In a small pot, bring the beluga lentils and 4 cups cold water to a simmer.
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
Drain, rinse and place in a large bowl, along with the roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
Meanwhile, in another small pot, bring the red quinoa and 4 cups water to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes.
Drain the quinoa and let dry in the sieve for 2 minutes.
Add to the sweet potato mixture.
Stir in the green onions, pumpkin seeds, pecans, mint and cranberries.
Drizzle with the remaining dressing and gently combine.
Place the warm salad on a large serving platter and garnish with the fresh pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.
Credits: Claire Stubbs
Photo Credits: Maya Visnyei