Monday, June 13, 2011

Sweet Potato Salad With Bacon

Yes, you read that correctly.  Sweet potatoes.  In a salad.  With bacon.  Because it makes all things better.  I'm rocking pot-luck picnics everywhere, my friends.  Gettin' down with my crazy salad self!

This was an original creation that totally had the potential to be a disaster.  I saw Rachel Ray make a potato salad with a honey Dijon mustard dressing the other day and liked that idea.  Then when googling recipes, I saw one for a hot potato salad that involved beef broth and bacon.  I stopped reading after bacon.  I knew that had to be involved.  And well, if you've been reading long enough, you must realize that I love a sweet potato the way Paula Dean loves a stick of butter.  So the creation was born in my head, translated in a bowl and resulted in total fabulousness.

This is a MUST try.  Not a "you might want to taste it" but a "you MUST MUST MUST make this today" recipe!  Oh and I made this for a large crowd as we celebrated Flag Day.  If you are just feeding 4 or 5, I'd cut it in half.

But like all of my recipes, I write nothing down and just eyeball it.  I know this must be so annoying for type A's out there (ahem, Bestie).  But just use your best judgement.  It is, after all, just a salad. 

This is when I planned to take step by step photos...

Honey Dijon Sweet Potato Salad With Bacon

* 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed bite size
* 10 radishes, quartered
* 3 stalks of celery, including leaves, chopped
* 4 scallions, white and green, chopped
* 3 slices bacon, cooked crispy, crumbled

Dressing ingredients:
* 1 cup Dijon mustard
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/3 - 1/2 cup EVOO
* 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* salt and pepper to taste

* Cook potatoes until just tender.  Don't overcook or you'll instead have a mashed potato salad.
* Whisk dressing ingredients together while potatoes are cooking.  Be sure to adjust to taste.
* Toss veggies into dressing as they finish getting chopped.
* When potatoes are finished cooking, drain and then return them to the hot pot to dry off for a moment.  Then toss the hot potatoes into the dressing.  Gently toss together.  Chill in the fridge over night or at least a few hours to let the flavors blend together.

And this was taken the NEXT day when I realized the only photo I had was of a dumb peel potato!

OK so must make this.  It's so different and tasty.  Sweet and savory all at the same time.


Peachy Keen said...

That salad looks delicious! I have a cook out coming up and I think that's the perfect dish to bring, thanks!

Diana of Windmasters Hill said...

"And this was taken the NEXT day when I realized the only photo I had was of a dumb peel potato!"

So funny! That sounds like ME!

Looks delish. Will have to try it!

SarahCate said...

Hmmmm....this sounds great- I will be trying this one out this week for sure, thanks for sharing!

REBrown said...

This looks really different than any potato salad that I've ever had. I'm interested to try it!

Landlocked Mermaid said...

OMG! SOO Delish!! I love sweet potatoes.. yummy.. thanks for your sweet words about going back to work. I made it,, but can't believe I have to do it all again tomorow.. xox hugs

erica said...

Oh my this salad looks absolutely amazing. I am definitely going to try this salad out!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like the perfect cook-out potluck because it's not same-old same-old but how could you wrong with bacon and sweet potatoes? I can't wait to make it!


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