Crispy cavolo nero salad with sweet potato and chorizo

Pan frying cavolo nero quickly over a high heat brings out its vibrant colour and flavour while retaining its robust texture. Combined with sweet potato and chorizo, this is a hearty, filling autumn salad. It keeps for a day, so makes for a good packed lunch too.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2


1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into 3cm chunks

3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1⁄2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

50g chorizo, diced

200g cavolo nero, stalks and leaves roughly chopped

1 red chilli, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced

2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

10g pine nuts, toasted

16 cherry tomatoes, halved

1⁄2 tsp dried chilli flakes


1. Preheat the oven to 200 ̊C, gas mark 6. Toss the sweet potato with 2 tsp oil and the paprika; season. Roast for 20 minutes, until just tender and golden.

2. Meanwhile, put the chorizo and remaining 1 tsp olive oil into a large frying pan and set over a medium-high heat. When hot and the chorizo has released some of its oils, add the cavolo nero stalks. Fry over a high heat for 2 minutes, then add the leaves and fry for a further 5-6 minutes, turning frequently, until the leaves are crispy and slightly charred. Add the chilli and garlic and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, mix in the balsamic vinegar and season well.

3. On a large serving dish, mix the cavolo nero with the roasted sweet potato, pine nuts and tomatoes. Sprinkle over the dried chilli flakes and serve immediately.