Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mar 2, 2018 | Fall, Recipes, Spring, Winter

So sorry to have been MIA the past couple of weeks, but sometimes life gets in the way…I am happy to report that my back is on the mend and while not completely normal, I am once again mobile.  With our weather in transition, I thought this was the perfect time to introduce a transitional recipe.  We are still seeing plenty of collard greens and sweet potatoes at the market, but who says we cannot make a lighter feeling dish with them while we wait for the spring veggies to come in.  This salad uses some tried and true southern ingredients with some West African flavors.  That feels new to me!  It also uses the massaging technique (you might have seen or used this with kale) to tenderize the winter greens without cooking.  Make sure that you do not skip this step or your mouth might get quite the workout. 😉  If lime and cashew are not your thing, this is an easily modified recipe so choose the flavors that you like best.  Happy almost spring!

Ingredients

2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 12-inch-thick slices
14 cup plus 2 tbsp. red palm oil or vegetable oil
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. thyme leaves
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. minced ginger
1 lb. collard greens, stems removed, leaves thinly shredded (6 cups)
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
14 cup roasted, unsalted cashews, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the sweet potato slices with 2 tablespoons of the palm oil, the cumin, thyme, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and roast the sweet potatoes, flipping once halfway through cooking, until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a rack and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lime juice and ginger and let stand for 10 minutes to soften. Whisk in the remaining 14 cup palm oil until emulsified and then season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, place the collard greens in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the dressing, massaging it into the greens for about 5 minutes. Transfer the greens to a serving platter, top with the sweet potatoes, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and cashews. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side.

The flavor of raw collard greens combines perfectly with tender roasted sweet potatoes and tangy, rich goat cheese in this hearty starter. West Africans cook virtually every dish they make with red palm oil, which is made from crushing the fruit of the palm, unlike palm kernel oil, which is derived from the fruit’s seeds.