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Monday, March 7, 2011


Even though winter is still rearing its head up here in New Hampshire, I'm thinking of spring.  When I think of spring, I think of salads.  When I think of salads, Cuban Sweet Potato Salad is at the top of my list.  Last year, I had a sweet potato salad for the first time and I fell in love. 

My father-in-law is allergic to potatoes.  I know....I know.  Hard to imagine, isn't it?  He's, also, allergic to tomatoes, apples, chocolate and a few other wonderful things.  Because of these allergies and because he loves to cook and loves to eat, he has done very well at adapting recipes so that he can eat and enjoy life.  This creativity has led him to the discovery of some really wonderful recipes.  

When we were visiting them last summer, he made a sweet potato salad that was so good that I literally craved it.  He gave me the recipe; but by the time I got back home to Louisiana, I couldn't find it.  I could have given him a call and he would have given me the recipe again; but, I decided to do a search for it online first.  Thank God for Google because you can really Google anything! 

Now I didn't find the recipe that he had prepared for us; but what I did find was at least as wonderful as his recipe and maybe better.    I present to you now:

Cuban Sweet Potato Salad
adapted from a recipe found here

5 large sweet potatoes
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
2 limes
small handful of cilantro
1 clove garlic
Smoked Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400F.   Peel the sweet potatoes, rinse and pat dry. Cut them into even sized chunks and coat them with the olive oil.  Make sure that they are completely coated with the oil and sprinkle with cumin and smoked paprika.  Spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the oven.  Roast them for 25-45 minutes turning every 15 minutes so they will roast evenly.

While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the dressing. Squeeze the limes into a small bowl. Grate the garlic into the juice. Wash and dry the cilantro and finely chop. Mix with the juice mixture.

Once the potatoes are out of the oven, put them in a bowl to cool for a few minutes and then toss with the dressing. Check for seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. You can serve these warm or at room temperature. Oh so good!

As you can see, I cooked mine a little too long.   I was distracted with other things and forgot them.  Please feel free to cook yours a little less than mine.  If you do, yours will look more like this...

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

This post is being linked up with Delectable Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesday Night Supper Club.


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  1. I love sweet potatoes and this sounds like a delicious way to serve them!

  2. Another wonderful recipe! Can't wait to try it!

  3. I don't know what my parents would have done if I ended up being allergic to potatoes...since that's the only vegetable they eat on a regular basis!

    I adore sweet potatoes and this salad sounds absolutely delicious!

  4. That salad looks awesome! We love all that flavor. Definitely trying this one! Yours looks exactly how we'd like it! Perfect!

  5. Your pictures make it look yum, but I'm sure it will be way too spicy for me. Hugs! :O)

  6. How beautiful! I typed out the whole recipe because the 'copy' function is disabled for some reason. I'm going to make this soon. Looks wonderful!

  7. Oh Miz Candace,
    You out did yourself with this salad. It looks delicious. I just have to try it. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  8. Another recipe "keeper".


  9. ahhh this looks DELISH! I am having serious cravings for SP now! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  10. Your Cuban Sweet Potato Salad looks tasty and is unlike anything I've ever made. Yum!

  11. hmmm Candy, that looks sooo yummy. I'm going to try this one....Love ya....Aunt M

  12. Any potato salad that does not have mayo in it is a ....WINNER. I need to make this.

  13. This looks super good! I can't wait to try it and filling enough for a meatless meal.

  14. What a super recipe. I love sweet potatoes and they are packed with nutrients. I always love to have new ways to prepare them. You've given me another recipe and it sounds terrific. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  15. Candace, I love sweet potatoes any time of the year. This recipe seems very simple and I know that it's delicious. I love your photography:)

  16. What a gorgeous potato salad. Love the color!

  17. Poor father-in-law. From all the things he can't eat, I think chocolate be the hardest for me. This salad looks delicious Candace. Here is snowing like in New Hampshire and we are stuck inside our house. Hope spring comes fast!

  18. I am not sure if it is intentional, but it appears your comments are turned off on the above wordless Wednesday post - which looks out of this world delicious!

  19. Just yesterday I was looking fro something to do (besides my usual recipes) with sweet potatoes. I am glad you posted this recipe to use the sweet potatoes I still have.

    Love the addition of cilantro.

  20. Candace, I made this Cuban Sweet Potato Salad last night, but had to sub cubes of Butternut Squash. Fantastic, we loved the flavor, thanks for a great recipe, I'll be trying it again soon with Sweet Potatoes!
    Definitly a keeper!

  21. Oh Candace - your salad looks heavenly - I can see why you crave it! Your father in law is a great cook!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  22. Interesting!! I would never think to use sweet potatoes like this. My son & his family love them so I will definitely try this. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Been having so many problems with Blogger and Google...bad stuff...and it's been difficult to comment, etc. Hope you have your situation fixed.

    More later my friend!

  23. P.S. Took forever just to leave the above...not sure what's going on.

  24. welcome to tuesday night supper club.thank you for sharing this wonderful and simple salad. mi piace;)

  25. You always find the best recipes. I have never heard of sweet pt. salad. I feel for your father in law as his allegeries are some of my favorite foods!

  26. Candace, this potato salad looks delicious! I love, love, love sweet potatoes and will definitely be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!!

  27. Oh wow, this is right up my alley. I LOVE sweet potatoes. I've never seen a recipe quite like this and now I really want to make it!!

  28. Oh that looks so so so yum! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'm glad to have foudn your blog for more real food ideas too (:

  29. We love roasted sweet potatoes with smoked Spanish paprika or chipotle. Never thought to turn them into a salad. Will now!

    Btw, just discovered your blog by way of my friend Carol's @ There's Always Time to Cook.


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