I love salads, especially those that combine roasted and raw vegetables. This salad has a couple of highlights, roasted orange sweet potatoes and red and white candy-striped beets. These pretty candy-striped beets have a milder taste than regular beets and best of all don’t stain your hands when you peel and cut them. I found them at Woolworths and used the full bunch in this salad. Next up juicy pomegranates, which are in season and lastly, possibly the highlight of the salad – sweet and spicy pecans. They come from Trader Joes and are in my opinion one of the best things you can get there, certainly in their nut section. I have my sister bring me some whenever she visits South Africa, because they’re that good and I have yet to find anything here that is similar. If you ever find yourself near a Trader Joes I highly recommend getting them. Amazon also sells them here (and ships to South Africa). You can use plain roasted pecans or any other type of nuts. If you want me to make a copycat sweet and spicy nut recipe, let me know in the comments below.
If you like a thicker coating of dressing, double up the mustard vinaigrette, as I generally keep my salads very lightly dressed.
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