Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sweet Potato Salad #1

sweet potato salad0624 (3)We try to avoid eating too many “white” foods, like breads, potatoes, rice. But, potato salad is a go-along with BBQ anything. Good thing we not only like sweet potatoes, but had some at the F&P. I’d heard/read about using them in a potato salad and it seemed like a perfect salad to have with BBQ chicken when friends came over for Sunday dinner.

It’s called SP Salad  #1 since this was a first attempt with variations from a couple of recipes. The recipe I planned to use called for safflower or grape seed oil (instead of mayo) and none was in our pantry, but will be soon. So expect a future version of F&P sweet potato salad. HINT: After you zest the orange, cut it and squeeze the juice to use as well.

Sweet Potato Salad #1
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, cubedsweet potato salad0624 (5)
  • 1 red pepper, seeded & chopped (green OK)
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/3 C mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • 3 TBSP fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
Boil sweet potatoes in salted water over medium heat. Cook until tender (10-14 min.) depending on the cube size. Drain and cool. Transfer to a large bowl; add onions and pepper.

Whisk together the mayo, OJ, spices — hold the orange zest andsweet potato salad0624 (9) paprika — carefully fold into potatoes. sprinkle orange zest and smoked paprika on top. Refrigerate until serving.

As with most salads, this one was better the second day with leftover BBQ chicken.


NCmountainwoman said...

I'm going to try that sweet potato salad tomorrow night. It's supposed to be record-breaking hot and that looks perfect.

Arija said...

Your sweet potato salad seems like a lot of trouble to make. The best I ever tasted was in New Zealand, the home of many varieties of sweet potato and was so simple. Take two or three varieties of sweet potato cubed, par boiled ( about 10-15 min.) and dress with freshly squeezed orange juice. You'll be surprised at the result.

Doris said...

Interesting! I love potato salad and love sweet potatoes. Will have to give a try!

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