Sweet potato salad with pomegranate, pecans and barley (vegan).

Sweet potato salad with pomegranate, pecans and barley

Perfect for the festive season, this sweet potato salad with pomegranate, pecans and barley is served with a punchy herb dressing.
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Course: Salads and dressings
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 596kcal
Author: Quite Good Food


For the salad:

  • 2 orange kumara, (sweet potatoes, approx. 600g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley, (I used black and white, use plain white if unavailable)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups baby kale, (approx.)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, (approx.)
  • 1/2 pomegranate, arils/seeds removed

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped oregano, or substitute 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, (90ml)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt, to season
  • Pepper, to season


For the salad:

  • Preheat oven to 220C (430F) fanbake.
  • Add barley and vegetable stock to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until tender and the liquid has been absorbed. After this time, if there is liquid remaining but the barley is cooked, drain in a sieve and allow to cool. 
  • While barley is cooking, bake your sweet potato. 
  • Wash and dry sweet potato before chopping into large chunks. I left the skin on, peel it if you prefer. 
  • In a mixing bowl, toss sweet potato with olive oil, maple syrup, ground cumin and salt and pepper to season. 
  • Spread sweet potato on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and tender. Remove from oven and cool. 
  • Using a large salad bowl or platter, arrange baby kale, then top with sweet potato, barley, pomegranate and pecans. Pour over dressing to serve. 

For the dressing:

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as required. 


Serves 4 under ordinary circumstances, and probably 8-10 alongside other dishes as part of a Christmas feast.

Nutrition information

Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.5g | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 34.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Fiber: 14.6g | Sugar: 16.5g | Vitamin A: 8000IU | Vitamin C: 136.1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 4.9mg
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