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Sweet Potato Salad


Does anyone else fear the summer BBQ the way I do? I hate being that freakanoid who shows up at the BBQ and all I have on my plate are those little creepy bullet shaped carrots which the host has proclaimed "They're Organic!" even though real carrots don't grow as bullets or get packaged in sealed plastic.

I am a big proponent of the quinoa salad that you can share with friends. But even bringing a quinoa salad makes you the 'healthy one'. Now- I wear that title with pride but I know not everyone is quite ready to wear the name loud and proud. So I thought, as we near the end of summer, I should throw another party favourite your way that will serve you well into autumn as well.

The good old fashion classic potato salad- made anywhichway but old and classic.  So, this is a healthy potato salad for the ages!

I am not a potato fan. White potatoes are going to skyrocket your blood sugar which has the short term affect of causing you to crash and burn and a long term effect of making you supa-fat. This is the kinda spare tire around the middle, muffin-top roll kind deal that not only is a sign of hormone imbalance, but can also be an indicator of increased risk of hormone related cancers and diabetes. Skip the potaters.

We are what we eat and I am no slothy potato. (Tweet it homies. Tweet it!)

In factuals- did you know that every single vegetable on earth works to prevent cancer except the white potato? (Tweet that too).

I say that with a slight wavering confidence, only because my grandma- now pushing 91- claims the potato to be her favourite vegetable.

So this classic potato salad I am now sharing with you is taking a dip towards my side of the playing field as I make it with one of my supa-flava-fave kinds of sweet potatoes- the purple skinned white sweet potato. These ones work awesomely well for potato salad because they are firmer than the orange variety. I also do something that many potato-salad devotees will be appalled at- I skip the mayonnaise. Why? Because of all the foods on earth, mayonnaise grosses me out the most- vegan or otherwise. No thanks.

Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes are supes low on the glycemic index, and so this baby will keep your bod high and mighty in the energy production realm. Keep the skin on of your organic sweets for extra mineral power. Now make this and show it off to your friends, and your farmers.

Sweet Potato Salad


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Yield: Serves 6-8

This Sweet Potato Salad will keep your body high and mighty in energy production. Eat it up at your next Summer BBQ.

  • 6 medium purple fleshed sweet potatoes
  • ½ red pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli, steamed
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 3 dill pickles
  • 3 tbsp tarragon or seed mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Make It Like So
  1. Scrub skin of sweet potatoes and chop to 1-inch pieces
  2. Steam for 10 minutes until fork-tender
  3. Remove from heat and run under cool water
  4. Allow water to drain
  5. Coarsely chop red pepper, broccoli, dill and pickles
  6. In a large mixing bowl, toss together vegetables with mustard, olive and sea salt
  7. Serve at room temperature

Question of The Day: What pot luck BBQ staple creeps you out the most?


20 Responses to “Sweet Potato Salad”

  1. Jeana said…
    Without a doubt . . . JELLO!
  2. Jen said…
    It's gotta be that disgusting marshmallow Ambrosia Salad or processed cheese slices. Ick.
  3. pdw said…
    "did you know that every single vegetable on earth works to prevent cancer except the white potato?" Beg your pardon? Where is the proof of that one?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Have a watch of this lecture:
  4. grammer police said…
    Please... "They're Organic" not "Their Organic". Still important, thanks.
  5. grammer police said…
    Also... this looks delicious! Thanks.
  6. ok wow that look so incredible!! and so healthy!! :)
  7. Intrigued said…
    Look AMAZING but where on earth can you get purple sweet potatoes?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      check your local farmer's markets!
    • Jacqueline said…
      In stores by me they are called Japanese sweet potatoes
  8. Melanie said…
    That looks awesome, but what about pickles...aren't they processed? No idea how to make my own! Also, I've never seen purple sweet potatoes at our farmer's market. Could you use red potatoes or another variety?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hey Melanie - you can use whatever sweet potatoes you can find! purple sweet potatoes are used here because they are firmer, so if you're using orange ones steam them for slightly less time, and handle the carefully when tossing the salad to avoid them getting mushy. Enjoy!
  9. renay said…
    Great recipe, thank you! However I really don't agree with dissing the lowly white potato. Even white potatoes are super high in vitamin C (more than oranges, people!), fiber, B6, and potassium to name a few nutrients. For those who are afraid to try a sweet potato just yet on their path to healthier living, there is nothing wrong with embracing white potatoes and cooking them properly (as in, not in the deep fryer) and reaping their health benefits. Every vegetable has its greatness and is on the planet for a reason!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      If only we had the same variety of white potatoes as are available in other countries.
  10. Deb Young said…
    This is the best salad. I have made it numerous times and taken it to get gatherings with rave reviews. The rare time I eat a white baked potato I feel awful afterwards but not when I eat sweet potatoes.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Amazing, Deb! I'm happy you like this recipe and that you've shared it with other people. I'm sure the rave reviews are due to your mad culinary skills!

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