October 25, 2012

Arugula-Sweet Potato Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

October for me meant stopping, a reprieve from travels or otherwise packing a weekend full of activity. It meant going into Saturday with no agenda, which for a planner is kind of scary for some odd reason, and discovering the riches of down time and spontaneity: going for an impromptu Saturday hike, listening to my roommate animate the characters of a children's novel as she read it aloud,  actually sitting down and watching a movie I have been meaning to see since I got it for Christmas last year, creating invitations for a neighbor potluck, reading (oh reading books!), returning to the simple pleasures of cooking for fun.

One particular weekend, this meal evolved with fall favorites sweet potatoes and pork tenderloin, with a lingering taste of summer (frozen blackberries) in a balsamic vinaigrette and bitter arugula, which I paired with my first experimentation with the fig (Sourdough Toasts with Goat Cheese, Figs and Honey --> delightful).

Best of all, it was shared on the porch with a friend, and then continued as fancy food leftovers for yours truly later in the week.

Arugula-Sweet Potato Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
Red onions, sliced
Olive oil
Blackberry Vinaigrette

Toss potatoes and onions with olive oil. Spread on a cookie sheet and place in a 375 degree oven for around 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Toss potatoes and onions, still warm, with arugula and vinaigrette.

To make the salad a full (meaty) meal,  toss with chopped, cooked pork tenderloin.

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