Light and Healthy Sweet Potato Salad

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Memorial Day.

Over the weekend I BBQ’d like many of you, and decided to make a Sweet Potato Salad to go with our meal. After viewing various recipes I came up with this one that turned out light and delicious. It was a nice twist on what typically is high in fat. I hope you like it.

Light & Healthy Sweet Potato Salad
serves 4-6

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1″ cubes
1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade style*
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


Place sweet potato chunks in a medium saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 8-10 minutes. Drain, run under cold water to cool, and drain again.

In a large bowl combine yogurt, agave nectar, bell pepper, scallions, basil, vinegar,salt and black pepper then blend together. Add sweet potato chunks and mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Can be served at room temperature or chilled.

*Chiffonade – to cut the basil chiffonade style, simply layer basil leaves one on top of the other. Then roll like a cigar and slice into thin strips.

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  1. sweet potatoes…what a mistery…not easy to find in my town. and also the use of agave nectar…never experienced in cooking! so, very simple but very interesting!

  2. You don’t heat the agave nectar but just blend it in with the other ingredients. You could also use honey, sugar or add no sweetener at all, whatever your preference.

    I didn’t know sweet potatoes weren’t common in Italy? I love them and they are so good for you. Read this:

  3. Thank you VIcky! I’ll use honey when I find the potatoes…maybe in african shops I would think…

  4. I’m not sure where you would find them in Italy. Maybe if you ask at one of the markets.

    If you’ve never tried them they’re even wonderful just baked like a baked potato or sliced and baked in the oven like fries. YUM!

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