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Sweet Pea Power Salad

Yield 4 as a side; 2 as a main dish

Sweet Pea Power Salad with Pea Pesto Dressing is full of fresh, bright flavors and is packed with plant-based protein. Topped with a simple pesto dressing, it's perfect as a meal or as a colorful side.

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 15- oz can chickpeas rinsed, drained, and patted dried
  • 1 large sweet potato scrubbed and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 4- oz box OrganicGirl Sweet Pea greens mix

For the Pea Pesto Dressing

  • ½ cup frozen peas defrosted (fresh peas will also work)
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 1 large lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring once. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender, flipping halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. (The chickpeas and the sweet potatoes can roast in the same oven, at the same time, just Wuse different racks).
  • While the chickpeas and sweet potatoes roast, make the dressing by combining the peas, garlic, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and ½ teaspoons salt in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined. Turn to high and drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to blend until the dressing is thick and creamy.
  • Assemble the salad by placing a handful of greens on a plate. Sprinkle with roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and drizzle generously with the Pea Pesto Dressing. Serve immediately.

Notes

The recipe for Pea Pesto Dressing makes more than you’ll need for the salad. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Use as a sandwich spread, tossed with pasta, or as a topping for roasted veggies.
My daughter's not a huge salad fan, but she thought the pea tendrils were so cute she picked them all out of the mix and gobbled them right up.
Roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes are yummy, kid-friendly snack options. Roast some extra, then hold them aside before assembling the dressing. Serve the greens, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas separately on a plate with the pesto dressing on the side for dipping.
Boil some pasta and dress with the pesto, then serve the greens, chickpeas, and potatoes on the side.
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