Rocket (Arugula) and Sweet Potato Salad

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Rocket and Sweet Potato Salad

Whenever I get any arugula (rocket as it’s known in some areas), I always turn to Donna Hay. She always seems to find fresh, simple ways to serve it. So, when I found her recipe for Rocket and Sweet Potato Salad in The New Cook I knew I had to try it. I had everything I needed, except for the haloumi cheese, so I added that to my grocery list and headed off to the store. At the store, I searched in vain for haloumi. I finally asked the cheese guy (cheese monger??), he said they didn’t have any haloumi because the price had jumped from $9 to $25, and he didn’t think anyone would have paid that much. Would I have paid that much? I doubt it, but I might have, because I have found no other cheese that grills like haloumi. So, I bought some asiago, knowing full well, that it wouldn’t work. And it didn’t, it melted in a big puddle, which I then let cool, and sort of scraped back up into a mound on the plate! It would have been way better with the haloumi, but it was still good, and quick, and healthy..can’t really ask for much more than that, now can you?

Rocket and Sweet Potato Salad
Serves 4

14 1/4 oz sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
6 1/2 oz haloumi (if you are lucky!)
chilli oil
6 1/2 oz rocket (arugula)
2 tablespoons Vietnamese mint leaves (I don’t know what kind mine is!)
4 green onions thinly sliced
1 red chili sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons brown (or palm) sugar

Brush the sweet potatoes and the haloumi with the chili oil. Cook on preheated grill or grill pan for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until browned. (I actually just roasted mine in the oven at 400 degrees until the sweet potatoes were tender, about 5 minutes per side).

Arrange the arugula, mint, and green onions on a plate. Top with the sweet potatoes and the cheese. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.

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  1. says

    Congratulations on Blog of Note. I see why. Personable, light yet substantial. Good photos. You do great “food porn.” (ref. Anthony Bourdaine, Travel Channel.)

    I am glad they shared this site.

    Michael Lockridge

  2. Anonymous says

    hi, actually njoyd stumbling into ur blog…soundz yummy. never heard of houlomi cheese; however the swt ptato+mint+chilioil combo sounz promising.

  3. says

    Haloumi cheese is the best! we get it from an Arabic store in our area here ( I don’t know if you have any where you are) You should try it lightly fried with some pita bread, mmmmmmmm Im craving! cool blog, keep it up!

  4. says

    my favorite part of this is your little sweet potato coins–they look delicious! oddly enough, i’ve never seen sweet potatoes prepared quite like that. :)

  5. says

    Great looking salad-can’t wait to try it. Just wondering what cheese shop you use. I live down the road from you and wanted to come up there looking for Pronto Cheese. I had it up in Beverly Farms, Mass and it is wonderful. When I googled cheese shops in Chattanooga, I didn’t find any. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

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