From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
Tackle traditional potato salad boredom at your next tailgate party by using oven-roasted sweet potatoes. After just one bite, guests will be rushing back for more of this antioxidant-, fiber- and nutrient-rich salad. Roast sweet potatoes in the oven first, and then throw in pineapple chunks, raisins, pecans, green onions and celery. Score on the sauce by pairing light mayonnaise with high-flavor, low-calorie ingredients like orange, ginger and Dijon mustard.
Makes about 12 servings (1 cup each)
Potato Salad4 pounds sweet potatoes2 tablespoons olive oil1/4 teaspoon (each) salt and pepper2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans1 2/3 cups diced (1/2-inch) fresh pineapple2/3 cup chopped celery3/4 cup finely chopped green onion (white and green parts)1/2 cup seedless raisins
Dressing1/2 cup light, reduced-fat mayonnaise1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger1 teaspoon Dijon mustard1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Directions1. Heat oven to 400 F. Coat a large, rimmed sheet pan (roughly 18 inches by 13 inches) with vegetable spray.
2. Wash, peel and cut sweet potatoes into bite-size (1-inch) diced pieces. Toss in a large bowl with olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Spread in pan.
3. Roast 25 to 35 minutes, stirring several times, just until slightly tender when pierced with fork. (It should not feel mushy or break apart.) Remove to wire rack and cool slightly.
4. While potatoes roast, combine pecans, pineapple, celery, onions and raisins in a large bowl.
5. In a separate small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients (mayonnaise, orange juice and zest, ginger, mustard, salt and pepper).
6. Add warm potatoes and dressing mixture to pecan-pineapple mixture, tossing lightly until blended.
7. Serve immediately or chill first. Refrigerate leftovers in covered container.
Nutrition information (per serving)240 calories4 g protein39 g carbohydrates9 g fat (0.5 g saturated)2 mg cholesterol249 mg sodium785 mg potassium70 mg calcium1.4 mg iron26261 IU vitamin A40 mg vitamin C6 g fiber
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