Healthy Recipe, Sweet Potato and Peanut Salad with Indian Spices

If you’re looking for something delicious, different, and healthy to take to a holiday get-together, this recipe, lightly adapted from the James Beard Award-winning chef Vishwesh Bhatt’s cookbook, “I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef,” could be your answer. Full of dazzling colors, flavors, and vitamin A, this is definitely not your mama’s marshmallow-topped casserole. The creamy dressing is spicy, tangy, and just a tiny bit sweet, and the peanuts add protein and unexpected crunch that will have vegans and non-vegans alike coming back for seconds. For a smaller crowd, the recipe can
easily be cut in half. Serves 8. RECIPE HERE. — Susan Puckett Ingredients
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups
raw)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt For the dressing:
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ cup Creole or other grainy mustard
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, preferably all-natural
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
A few dashes of hot sauce
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ¼ teaspoon ground)
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) To finish the salad:
¾ cup minced red onion
¾ cup minced red bell pepper
½ cup sliced scallions (green tops only; reserve white part for another
use)
1 serrano or jalapeño chile, stemmed, seeded and minced
1 cup roasted lightly salted peanuts, chopped
½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries or seedless raisins, chopped if
Desired Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potato cubes, olive oil, and salt
and toss to coat. Spread them in a single layer on the prepared
sheet pan and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until just soft. Remove
from the oven and set aside to cool.
3. Meanwhile, make the dressing: Toast the cumin seeds in a small,
dry pan over medium heat, shaking the pan gently, until fragrant,
about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mustard, peanut butter, 1
tablespoon of the lime juice, hot sauce, syrup, toasted cumin seeds,
cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne to taste, if using. Thin with a little
more lime juice if needed.
5. In a large bowl, combine the cooled sweet potatoes with the onion,
bell pepper, scallion greens, chile, peanuts, and dried cranberries
or raisins.
6. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently mix to distribute and
coat the vegetables. Taste and adjust with more salt if desired.
Serve at room temperature. NOTE: Leftovers may be stored in a covered container for up to 2
days. If preparing the salad in advance, leave out the peanuts and
stir them in before serving so they retain their crunch. Susan Puckett is an Atlanta-based food writer and cookbook author.

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