This salad of roast sweet potato, radishes, pine nuts, feta cheese and spring onions dressed in goats yoghurt and coriander (cilantro) is a yummy lunch or side dish and is of course grain and gluten-free.
We are in the midst of the Easter holidays and my days are full with little people, easter bunnies and bonnet making so this post will be short and sweet. When Big Sister saw me making this and spied the radishes she immediately said wow “Peter rabbit would love this”. So as it is the time of rabbits and Easter I’ve decided to name it in his honour.
We have enjoyed this salad immediately warm and cooled down as a cold salad. It also transports well for lunch at work, picnics or any easter adventure you might go on.
On a separate note and one I will devote a post to some soon, but felt I must share immediatly I read an interesting post via Gluten Fabulous about gluten induced nerve disease here. It is the first time I have seen Motor Neuron (ALS) disease included in the long list of diseases associated with gluten sensitivity, celiac disease and non gut celiac disease. There is more information via The Gluten Free Society discussing MND’s link to gluten sensitivity here.
My mother died from MND, her mother had Multiple Sclerosis, and I had an episode of Sclerosis and nerve damage. My illness prompted my change to live gluten-free and more recently mostly grain free. I can’t over emphasise the positive impact to my health those changes have made it’s as if someone turned the lights on.
The association with neurological disease, Celiac’s disease and gluten sensitivity is accepted throughout the global medical community but an association with MND is currently not.
Motor neuron disease (ALS) is a terminal disease, gluten and a wider grain intolerance might be an aspect of its creation or deterioration. If you know anyone recently diagnosed, or neurologists please share this information and links above as any shade of hope can’t be a bad thing.
PETER’S EASTER SALAD
If you get a chance I hope you enjoy this salad and have a wonderful easter holiday.
Feeds two as a main course.
- Sweet Potatoes peeled and cut into wedges, approx. 700g, 25oz (ideally organic)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pine nuts, 40g, 1.50z
- Radishes, chopped into thin discs, a good bunch approx. 200g, 7oz (ideally organic)
- 4 x Spring Onions whites chopped
- 1/2 cup, 118ml, approx. of Goats Yoghurt (I use St Helens and goats due to its lower Casein and Lactose but you could easily sub for Greek or Cows Plain Yoghurt)
- Pinch of Maldon Sea Salt
- 1 x tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 x tablespoons of chopped coriander (cilantro)
- Feta cheese to crumble
- Salt and Pepper to season
Pre-heat the oven to 180c, gas mark 4, 450f
- Coat the sweet potatoes lightly in extra virgin olive oil and roast in the oven for approx.40 mins adding the pine nuts at 30 mins to roast for the final 10 with the sweet potato.
- Mix the tablespoon of olive oil with the yoghurt and a pinch of maldon (or good) sea salt.
- Add the radishes, spring onion and coriander (cilantro) to the sweet potato and pine nuts and mix together.
- Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese scatter with the yoghurt dressing.
Notes: This salad will keep well covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.
The Good Stuff:
Radishes Peter Rabbit was a cleaver little bunny, as they are rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, B Vitamins. All of which help support healthy liver function, lower blood pressure and treats congestion and inflammation. Also helping to prevent against viral infections, cancer, and the elimination of toxins.
Sweet Potatoes are a superfood, one single potato providing a days worth of beta-carotene, nearly all your daily allowance of vitamin C and are a great source of fiber. Another great source of potassium and magnesium and vitamin E. They also protect against infection, combat free radicals in the body, and help build healthy skin and hair, support the immune system and maintain blood sugar .
The high levels of potassium in this salad help regulate the heart rate making it a great dish to ward off the unwanted effects of stress.