Sumac sweet potato, fig & chicory salad

Sumac sweet potato, fig & chicory salad

The Yoga Kitchen
Lisa Cohen

This salad ticks all the yogic boxes. The soft texture of roasted vegetables, the sweetness of fresh fruit, the creamy texture of goat’s cheese and the bitterness of chicory (endive) all brought together by a fragrant dressing is healthy and completely delicious.


Quantity Ingredient
4 small sweet potatoes, washed, about 1kg in total
75ml melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon sumac
sea salt
black pepper
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons orange blossom water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 heads of chicory, trimmed and separated into leaves
100g red chard leaves, washed or baby spinach leaves
4 spring onions, thinly sliced on the angle
6 fresh, ripe figs
150g soft goat’s cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Line 2 baking trays (baking sheets) with baking paper (parchment paper). Cut the sweet potato into wedges by halving them lengthways and then cutting each half into 3–5 long wedges.
  2. Place the sweet potato wedges into a large mixing bowl, sprinkle with the coconut oil, sumac and a little salt and pepper. Toss to combine, then spread the wedges out onto the prepared baking trays, skin side down, and cook for 25 minutes until soft and browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, orange blossom water, olive oil and salt and pepper in a small jug (pitcher). Set aside.
  4. Mix the sweet potatoes, chicory leaves, red chard and spring onions (scallions) together in a large mixing bowl. Place the salad on a large serving platter, then rip the figs into pieces and dot over the top. Scatter the crumbled goat’s cheese over, and drizzle a little of the dressing over the salad.
  5. Serve at room temperature with a little more dressing, if desired.
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