This sweet potato, kale and wild garlic salad is a delicious way to make use of locally-foraged wild garlic when it’s in season.
It’s National Smile Month, so let’s smile a little more, shall we? Smile at a stranger, smile at a friend. Smile to yourself when you’re alone, smile at your friends when you’re together. Because the world is always a better place when we’re smiling.
We’re often told about the foods that are bad for our teeth, but what about the foods that are good for them? I’ve created this healthy and hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Wild Garlic (Ramsons) and Yogurt Dressing with tooth-friendly ingredients. Sweet potato and kale are both rich in vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy teeth. I’ve added a yogurt dressing, not only because it tastes amazing, but because it has loads of tooth-friendly calcium. Kale also has a lot of calcium, but some is lost when it is cooked so don’t over cook it. I’ve sprinkled this salad with calcium-rich sesame seeds which help to eliminate plaque and build tooth enamel.
I’ve used wild garlic (ramsons) in this zesty yogurt dressing. I love making use of free, seasonal ingredients like nettles and dandelions. For this salad, I walked my five year old son to school a little early so we could forage together by the river. We headed into the small glade and were instantly struck by the smell of garlic that permeated the little woodland. Dotted amongst the nettles were lovely white flowered heads and pungent leaves. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible so we set to work filling our small bag with garlic treasure. Here is more information of foraging for wild garlic.
This salad is now one of my all-time favourites, and as a massive salad-eater that is no mean feat. The wild garlic imparts such a fresh, subtle flavour throughout the tangy yogurt dressing that is livened up with a dash of vibrant lemon. It’s so quick and simple, but the flavours work amazingly well with the roasted sweet potatoes and dark green kale. If you can’t get wild garlic, just substitute 1/2 a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic.
- 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
- 1 tablespoon olive or rapeseed oil
- 25g (1 oz) wild garlic (ransoms), leaves washed and finely chopped (plus wild garlic flowers for garnish), substitute: ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 240ml (1 cup) plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- large handful kale leaves, washed and tough stalks removed, torn into pieces
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Heat oven to 200C/400F
- Toss the sweet potatoes in the oil , spread in a single layer on a baking tray and roast for 25-30 minutes or until soft and just starting to turn brown. Set aside to cool.
- For the sauce, stir the wild garlic, yogurt and lemon juice together. Season with salt and pepper. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- Blanch the kale briefly in boiling water to soften. Refresh under cold water and drain.
- Serve the kale topped with the roasted sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the wild garlic yogurt dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds and wild garlic flowers.
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Why gold and silver?
Gold and silver have antibacterial properties, so they eliminate bacteria from your toothbrush and keep you healthier. We don’t want nasties growing on our toothbrushes, do we? Shudder. These brushes harness nature’s elements and allow the impregnated bristles to rid themselves of germs. These are the only toothbrushes that kill 99.9% of bacteria – the only manual toothbrushes to do so.
Bamboo charcoal whitens teeth naturally and absorbs stains. For years, people around the world have used charcoal to brush their teeth. Indeed, I’ve tried it myself a number of times. It certainly whitens teeth, but it is rather messy. This toothbrush harnesses the whitening power of charcoal without staining your bathroom. I try to use natural beauty products as much as possible. For the past decade I’ve used the oil cleansing method to wash my face and my bathroom cabinet looks rather similar to my pantry with honey, sugar and other edible natural beauty products. But teeth whitening often means harsh chemicals. Not if you use these toothbrushes, though.They’ve made my teeth noticeably whiter.
These toothbrushes feel a bit different to a standard brush. My husband and I both noticed that our teeth felt a lot cleaner with the same amount of effort. The kind of clean where you just want to keep licking your teeth. And smile.
My whole family have been using these brushes for a few weeks now. They’re beautifully designed with elegant faceted edges and subtle colouring and come in their own screw-top travel cases that look like test tubes.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nano-b. All opinions are my own.