Sweet Potato & Granny Smith dressed w/Grand Mariner Vinaigrette

January  7, 2011
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  • Serves 3-4 depending on your portion size. Easily doubles or more.
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!

What You'll Need
  • 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
  1. Peel and cut the potato into 1/8 inch medallions, then roast with a little oil @ 400 degrees, until just tender. Cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the next five ingredients (rice vinegar through oil), whisk well. Add a pinch of salt, or to taste.
  3. Cut the cooled potatoes into a quarter moon size.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Cover and chill at least a couple hours.
  7. Serve with extra vinaigrette on the side.

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13 Reviews

Betty B. March 22, 2014
I have to tell you that this salad has been my go to group function dish this fall and winter...It had place of honor at the neighborhood potluck,our Thanksgiving table, and nary an aril was left after the Superbowl party! Sorry to take so long to tell you how wonderful this dish is! Had lots of requests for the recipe!
lapadia March 22, 2014
Thanks so much, BB, am happy to hear back, any old time :)!
lapadia October 2, 2011
note: oops wasn't able to edit the name (sp) = Marnier, before deadline :(
lapadia October 8, 2011
Edited and revised 10-8
boulangere September 30, 2011
lapadia October 1, 2011
La, la! :) Thanks, B!
wssmom September 29, 2011
You had me at Grand Mariner....
lapadia September 29, 2011
LOL....thanks, wssmom! :)
boulangere September 29, 2011
Yes, me too!
lapadia September 30, 2011
Okay then, boulangere! :) Have a great & relaxing weekend!
lapadia September 29, 2011
** recipe has been revised since it was first posted
gingerroot January 7, 2011
Love the contrast of sweet and spicy flavors here, as well as textures. Saving and hope to try soon.
lapadia September 30, 2011
Hi gr! I just revised this recipe a bit and just noticed I didn't see your comment...a while back. OOPS, don't know how that happened, except for there was a time when, for some reason I wasn't getting my F52 email notifications. Anyway, thanks... :)