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When you hear potato salad, what comes to mind? White potatoes and a mayonnaise-based dressing?
Try serving this bright, fresh sweet potato salad instead! A refreshing change from the ordinary, it’s full of healthy goodness and flavor and is oh so pretty.
Potato, Potah-to, Does It Matter?
Besides the obvious color difference, does it matter what kind of potato you choose?
White potatoes are not completely devoid of nutrition, but compared to their orange-colored cousin they pale in comparison.
Including sweet potatoes in your healthy diet is a great way to get those important antioxidants!
Taste Is Also A Factor.
Can I make a confession? I used to think potatoes should be deep fried and smothered in ketchup! Since I’ve made a change in how I eat, I have actually developed a love for sweet potatoes.
Sometimes I find myself actually craving them! This easy sweet potato salad would make a delicious side next to a gorgeous piece of grilled, wild-caught, Alaskan salmon. Add steamed asparagus or broccoli for a colorful and nutritious meal.
Note: I also used to hate beets, until I tried this Roasted Garlic Beet Dip. Never be afraid to try something new!
If you like the taste of sweet potatoes, you’ll love the way the bright, tangy vinaigrette balances out their natural sweetness. A hint of garlic and cumin plays a slightly earthy note. I served this to a friend and her first reaction was “This is so good! So fresh and delicious!”
Cooking Sweet Potatoes — 3 Easy Methods.
#1 — Pressure Cook ‘Em!
You can cook 2 pounds of sweet potatoes in less than half an hour in an electric pressure cooker (such as the Instant Pot)!
It’s best to use potatoes that are similar in size, otherwise you’ll end up with the smaller ones being mushy and the larger ones cooked perfectly. For this recipe, 2 pounds of medium-sized, whole sweet potatoes (about 5 or 6) cooked in 14 minutes on the manual setting with a QPR (quick pressure release). When cool enough to handle, slip the skins off and dice into chunks.
#2 — Boil ‘Em!
Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, add to boiling water, and boil for 10 minutes or until tender (check after 5 minutes).
#3 — Roast ‘Em!
Roasting root vegetables always adds a delicious dimension of flavor which works very well in this recipe! Peel and dice the potatoes and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
No matter what method you use to cook them, be sure to let your sweet potatoes cool before assembling the salad. Be gentle while stirring the vinaigrette in, too, so you don’t end up with mashed sweet potatoes.