Why stick to the basics when it’s so much more fun to get creative? Travaasa Austin’s very own Executive Chef Ben Baker shares his delightful Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Salad recipe, which is sure to be a hit at your next get together.

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 large beets
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1  lemon (for juice and zest)
  • 1 cup oil (a blend of canola and olive is ideal)
  • 5 oz goat cheese

Bake sweet potatoes and beets until just tender. Remove skin and slice into disks.
Slice a 5 oz log of goat cheese into eight pieces.
Blend 1 bunch of cilantro, ½ cup of sunflower seeds, oil and the juice plus zest of one lemon to make cilantro oil.  Caramelize the sweet potato disks and season with salt and pepper.
Place one slice of sweet potato, one slice of beet root, and one slice of goat cheese shingled out onto a salad plate. Repeat once more. Garnish with lemon zest, and serve with cilantro oil.