Roasted Sweet Potato Salad


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Makes: 4 servings

Time: About 45 minutes

Here is another potato-vinaigrette combo: The red pepper dressing is tart, sweet, and spicy, with a touch of cumin. This is best served warm or at room temperature, though of course you can refrigerate and serve it up to a day later, as long as you take it out of the refrigerator beforehand to take the chill off. Recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

4 large sweet potatoes

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and ­ quartered

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon grated orange zest (optional)

1/2 cup sliced scallion

1/2 cup minced fresh mint or parsley leaves

1 or 2 fresh minced chiles (jalapeño, Thai, serrano, or habanero), or to taste

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Put them on a baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast, turning occasionally, until crisp and brown outside and just tender inside, about 30 minutes. Remove and keep on the pan until ready to dress.

2. Make the dressing while the potatoes cook. Put the remaining 6 tablespoons oil in a blender, along with the vinegar, bell pepper, cumin, and zest if you’re using it. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.

3. Toss the warm potatoes with the scallion, mint, chiles, and raisins if you’re using them. Add 1/2 cup of the dressing and toss to coat, adding more if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately or at room temperature.


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  1. PatTovo said...

    I’ve also made this with pineapple…and it’s very good, too.

  2. Emma Van Engelen Miles said...

    Even those who don’t like sweet potatoes may like this. Such a tasty combo. I made as written sans dead flies (raisins) and it was gobbled up in no time. I made it later with toasted cashews put it over mixed baby greens dressed with a bit of the recipe dressing for a ladies luncheon. Huge hit!

    • Kathy said...

      I really think the raisins bring something to the party, Why nor soak them in warm rum, brandy or sherry? They plump up and get juicy. Emma, I do like you addition of cashews.

  3. ceebee said...

    This would be good for the baseball field when families get together for a picnic after the game. Add some cold baked or fried chicken, a roll, green salad and all, including the kids, would love this.

  4. Marion said...

    We play with this recipe a good deal, but one thing that has become standard is replacement of the raisins by dried cherries. Sometimes we include toasted walnuts or pine nuts.

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