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Author Notes: A few years ago this recipe started a new sweet potato tradition for the holidays; all dressed up with Grand Marnier vinaigrette and garnished with pomegranate arils. It is sweet, tangy and spicy and can be tweaked for any time of the year. Eat, Drink, be Merry and Enjoy!
Serves 3-4 depending on your portion size. easily doubles or more.
- 1 large sweet potato - roasted
- 2 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 1-1/2 teaspoon orange juice
- 2 tablespoons Grand Mariner
- Taste test for sweetness and then add honey or agave to suit your taste
- 3 tablespoons walnut preferred but a neutral oil will work nicely, too
- Sea salt flakes
- 1/2 medium unpeeled granny smith cored and sliced
- 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 finely minced jalapeno pepper
- Salted sunflower seeds - a handful
- Oil on hand for roasting the potato
- Peel and cut the potato into 1/8 inch medallions, then roast with a little oil @ 400 degrees, until just tender. Cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the next five ingredients (rice vinegar through oil), whisk well. Add a pinch of salt, or to taste.
- Cut the cooled potatoes into a quarter moon size.
- Cut the apple into half moon slices and cut them in half, to make a quarter size moon. Add them to the vinaigrette to coat and to keep them from turning brown.
- Arrange the potatoes and coated apples in a serving bowl, sprinkle with salt to taste. Scatter the pomegranate, sunflower seeds and jalapeno over the top. Dot with a little of the vinaigrette.
- Cover and chill at least a couple hours.
- Serve with extra vinaigrette on the side.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Lettuce-Free Salad
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Potatoes
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pomegranates
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Root Vegetable Side
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Salad with Apples