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Southern Sweet Potato Salad

 Southern Sweet Potato Salad
I do some catering, so I'm always looking for good new recipes. I love to take this deliciously different potato salad to potlucks and cookouts. Even folks who are reluctant to try it at first come back for more! —Marlyn Woods, Lakeland, Florida
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, cook sweet potatoes in boiling salted water
  • just until tender, about 5-8 minutes (do not overcook). Drain; toss
  • with the lemon juice.
  • In a large bowl, combine, mayonnaise, orange juice, honey, orange
  • peel, ginger, salt and nutmeg. Add the warm potatoes, celery and
  • dates. Toss to coat well. Cover and chill.
  • Before serving, gently stir in pecans. Spoon salad onto a
  • lettuce-lined platter. Arrange oranges around salad. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 381 calories, 28 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 173 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein.