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Power Salad

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 27 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
This is a great make-ahead salad that is perfect as a simple side dish. Sweet potatoes, apples and walnuts give the dish a big dose of vitamins and flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 4 medium), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons no-calorie sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

How to Make It

  1. Heat nuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

  2. Arrange sweet potatoes in a steamer basket or stainless-steel colander in a 4- to 6-qt. Dutch oven over boiling water. Cover and steam 16 to 17 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Plunge potatoes into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.

  3. Place apples in large bowl. Sprinkle with lime juice and no-calorie sweetener; toss gently to coat. Stir in sweet potatoes, raisins, salt, and 3 Tbsp. walnuts.

  4. Stir together yogurt and mayonnaise. Add yogurt mixture to sweet potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. walnuts. Cover and chill 2 to 12 hours.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Splenda No Calorie Sweetener.

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