Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad

October 19, 2012
1 Ratings
Photo by Linda Xiao
  • Serves 4, lightly
Author Notes

This recipe is infinitely adaptable -- even calling it a recipe may be going too far. It is sweet potatoes, a salad green, some cheese, dressing. It is intended to be augmented, although not overloaded. I have put a fried egg on top before and been pleased. —Nicholas Day

What You'll Need
  • Salad
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • 1/2 cup feta, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup whole scallions, tops and bottoms, roughly chopped
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and chop the sweet potatoes into slightly larger than bite-sized pieces. Toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, generously salt, and place in a large roasting pan; if they look claustrophobic, use another pan. Roast for about a half-hour, gently turning every 10 minutes or so. You want them golden and toothsome, but not mushy. During the last five to ten minutes of roasting, add the walnuts to the oven in a separate pan, toasting until fragrant.
  2. Meanwhile, place the arugula in a large bowl and add the feta and scallions. Put the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake well; remove the garlic clove.
  3. When the sweet potatoes and walnuts are just out of the oven, dress the salad. Then scatter the warm sweet potatoes and walnuts over the top. Serve.

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I'm the author of a book on the science and history of infancy, Baby Meets World. My website is nicholasday.net; I tweet over at @nicksday. And if you need any good playdoh recipes, just ask.

5 Reviews

Kristy M. December 8, 2013
I love sweet potato leftovers in salad. Whole Foods makes a "fettucine sweet potato salad" that is awesome. I think they slice with a spiral slicer and lightly cook in oil, then toss with lemon vinegraite and pecans, and goat cheese and dried cranberries. I just bought some yesterday and am going to try and re-create it at home.
Mons October 28, 2012
What kind of mustard? Dried or dijon?
mariacecilia October 28, 2012
Definitely not dried mustard. Dijon would be perfect.
AmandaClaire October 27, 2012
I love this! I used butternut and delicata squashes instead, because I only had one sweet potato, and I added shaved fennel. I can't wait to try with sweet potatoes!
Lindsay C. March 4, 2013
I have delicata and fennel at home -- I am definitely making this adaptation! Sounds fantastic.