Monday, June 24, 2013

Sweet Potato Salad

My mom makes the absolute best potato salad. Seriously! Hands down. And while I would be happy eating it every single day, I came across a sweet potato salad that just looked delicious and was technically paleo. Especially if you whip up some homemade mayo for the dressing!

Unfortunately, my mayo experiment didn't work too well, so I used an already prepared kind that I found at Whole Foods; it was made with no nasty oils or sugar. I'm still on a mission to make my own mayo - if you have any methods or tips for me, let me know in the comments. I'd greatly appreciate it! :)

Anyway, aside from some veggie chopping, this salad is a quick throw-together side dish and couldn't be simpler. Like any potato salad, it is endlessly versatile so customize the ingredients for your own tastes. 

Sweet Potato Salad
adapted from Natural Noshing

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 small red onion, diced
1 large red pepper, seeded and diced
4 green onions, green & white parts thinly sliced
1/3 cup mayo (homemade or a fresh, paleo-okay kind)
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika would be great here)
3/4 teaspoon cumin
Big dash of cayenne
Salt and black pepper

1. Put sweet potato cubes into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in a colander and let cool.
2. Once cooled, place potatoes in a large bowl with the red onion, red pepper, and green onions.
3. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients with a whisk. Pour on top of the veggies and thoroughly mix.
4. Serve immediately, though it tastes even better once it has a chance to hang out in the fridge a bit.

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