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Sweet Potato Salad With Orange-Maple Dressing

Sweet Potato Salad With Orange-Maple Dressing 6.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; props by Limonata Creative for The Post

Nov 18, 2019

Cookbook author Toni Tipton-Martin originally got a recipe for this salad while working on a cookbook with Patrick Clark, an up-and-coming chef at Los Angeles's Bice restaurant, who suddenly passed away. The version here is an adaptation by B. Smith, a cookbook author, restaurateur, entrepreneur and model.

Serve this bright and zesty salad as an antidote to Thanksgiving's heavier dishes. The acidic dressing keeps the sweetness of the potato in check and livens up the entire meal.

Make Ahead: The salad and dressing can be made up to 4 days ahead, kept covered and refrigerated in separate containers.

Storage Notes: The salad can be stored, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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In a large pot, combine the sweet potatoes and enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, orange juice, vinegar, ginger, nutmeg and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Add the scallions, parsley, pecans and raisins to the sweet potatoes and toss to combine. Gently stir in the dressing, tossing just until combined. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking: A Cookbook” by Toni Tipton-Martin

Tested by Barbara Strack and Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 450

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 22g 34%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 180mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 63g 21%

Dietary Fiber: 8g 32%

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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