Yes, this salad has raw sweet potato in it—but before you wrinkle your nose, remember: We felt this way about kale salads not long ago. Raw sweet potatoes are crunchy and flavorful, and far from sticky-sweet, the way they can be when they're cooked. Raw sweet potato is pretty common in the raw food community, a natural place for novel ideas like this to catch on (they predicted one-ingredient banana ice cream, too). On blogs and in cookbooks, the crunchy orange starch takes the form of spiralized salads, soups, juices, and raw sweet potato pies. Adapted slightly from Whole Living (January/February 2012). Note: Although raw sweet potatoes can be eaten in a variety of ways safely, please don't get so excited about this salad that you make raw sweet potatoes a staple of your diet. In extreme cases, in the absence of other proteins, a diet based on raw sweet potatoes can be dangerous. Here's further reading. —Genius Recipes
freshly grated ginger
extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
small sweet potato, peeled and finely julienned into matchstick (about 2 cups)
tart apple like Granny Smith, cored and finely julienned into matchsticks
stalk celery, thinly sliced
scallions, thinly sliced
radishes, finely julienned
toasted sesame seeds
packed fresh cilantro leaves
In This Recipe
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, ginger, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, combine sweet potato, apple, celery, scallions, radishes, sesame seeds, and cilantro.
Drizzle dressing over salad, toss, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
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