If you’re looking for something both light and delicious, then this MEGA healthy African inspired sweet potato & okra salad is just for you!
Bursting with delectable flavours, this salad is ready in minutes, high in nutrients and both low in fat AND calories, making it THE perfect low-fat meal.
Sweet potatoes have become more popular due to Western society – in seeking to eat more healthily – discovering that ‘ethnic’ food is the way to go.
Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams) are considered a superfood in that they are one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables there is. An excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin A and magnesium, sweet potatoes also contain major anti-aging antioxidants, as well as immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.
Naturally low in glycemic index levels, regular consumption of sweet potatoes can lower high blood pressure.
Full of fibre, sweet potatoes are also an excellent weight loss aid.
Okra (pronounced ‘ok-ra’ and not ‘oak-rah’… okay, yah?) is another African staple slowly gaining popularity as a healthy ‘ethnic’ food within Western society.
Also known as lady fingers, traditionally back in Nigeria it is finely chopped and added to stews.
Ridiculously ram-packed full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals (including vitamins A, C, E and K, calcium, niacin and manganese), this tiny FRUIT also has a high fibre content and is extremely low in calories, making it another wonderful weight loss aid.
Around the time that I first created this salad, for a while I had a craving for okra and – being a firm believer in listening to your body and feeding it what it wants – I would literally buy okra and eat raw by the handful!
After doing this for about a week, I had to ask my mum if it was actually okay to eat them raw!
Thankfully it was and thus, I set about incorporating them into salads to give some taste variation to my latest favourite fruit.
This salad is great in that not only does it include the superfood sweet potato, but it is also super easy to make and tastes incredible.
The fact that the whole dish looks fabulous thanks to the vibrant colours is another bonus!
Create this wonderful salad with any fruit or veg of your choice and you’re good to go!
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- 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled, rinsed and thinly sliced,
- Handful of fresh rocket,
- Handful cherry tomatoes, halved,
- Handful of fresh okra, washed and roughly sliced,
- 1 red pepper, sliced,
- 1 courgette (zucchini), thinly sliced,
- 1 fresh lemon, sliced,
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced,
- Small handful of feta (optional)
- Pinch Himalayan pink salt,
- Splash of extra virgin olive oil,
- Pinch of pepper.
- In a skillet, add a small amount of oil and when hot, add the sweet potato slices. Cook for a few minutes on each side before removing and setting aside.
- Place the rocket on a plate and add all other ingredients.
- Toss in the olive oil, salt and pepper and a little juice squeezed from the lemon and serve.
- Omit the feta for a fully vegan meal.