This salad was a side dish offered at the amazing paleo-friendly restaurant that we ate at when we were in Scottsdale, Arizona. The restaurant was called Nourish. I hit the paleo jackpot with it being right in our condo complex. I think I ate there 3 or 4 times. Everything from the drinks to the desserts were incredible. All the allergens were clearly labeled and I could easily eat 80% of the menu items with no special requests. I was sold when I walked in and there were coconut aminos for sale next to the register. Check out their website and menu if you would like to see what a “dream paleo” restaurant would look like. http://nourish123.com/ The chef/owner also has a cookbook out, Freak at the Table, http://nourish123.com/cookbook/.
I made the first version of this salad at a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. It was delicious, but didn’t look so great. I boiled my sweet potatoes and they got a bit too soft, then got mushy when mixed with the avocado, which was also mushy. The dressing was a very simple mixture of coconut aminos and vinegar. The second version I made today, looks amazing. I roasted the sweet potatoes, added the dressing, tossed it to mix, then added the avocado at the last minute. Heaven!
I am going to give two options for the dressing, 1 being really easy and another with a few more ingredients and using a blender. Both are good, so feel free to choose based on your time and ingredients. Remember, I use coconut aminos because I have a pretty wicked soy and gluten allergy. Feel free to substitute regular or gluten free soy sauce for the coconut aminos.
Avocado Sweet Potato Salad
- 3 large sweet potatoes, diced
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
1. Toss sweet potatoes in coconut oil.
2. Roast in oven at 350 degrees till carmelized a bit and tender all the way through.
3. Let cool.
- avocado, diced (1 per person, depending on how much you like avocado)
Inspired by: http://www.coconutsecret.com/recipies2.html
- 1 part coconut aminos/gf soy sauce
- 1 part vinegar (your choice)
- Olive Oil, to taste
- 3/4 cup coconut aminos/gf soy sauce
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, or 1 Tbsp powdered ginger
- Juice of 1 large orange, or 2 lemons/limes
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
1. Run ingredients through food processor or blender. If using fresh ginger, strain.
2. If using powdered ginger, just whisk well in a large bowl.
1. Toss sweet potatoes with dressing.
2. Add diced avocado and mix gently.