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Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

By Creativeculinary @CreativCulinary

A different kind of summer potato salad, this Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans, Cherries and Goat Cheese is simply amazing!

Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

I've occasionally shared where my inspiration comes from when I get the urge to make a certain dish. This one was from a friend on Facebook! I had posted over the course of a couple of days some of my favorite recipes for potato salad and she asked if I had a recipe for a sweet potato salad. I did not! Until now when that moment brought about this Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad.

Other than the sweet potatoes which I immediately added to my grocery list, everything else was on hand in either my fridge or pantry. It was somewhat prophetic too. The apples needed to be used and the cherries I had just purchased from Sprouts? Well I had no plan for them, so finding a recipe to use them in was perfect! No cherries? Substitute some dried cranberries; I will so make this a year round dish.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

The ingredient list really did come from what I had available, so don't always worry with salads that you have the same exact ingredients...mix in your favorites too. This salad calls for: ( complete list and recipe at bottom of page):

  • Spinach
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Apples
  • Sweet Cherries (or dried cranberries)
  • Toasted Pecans
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

I am calling this a 'chopped salad' for a reason. While I have often simply shredded spinach by hand into bite site pieces, I recalled a wonderful little salad place I would go to with my friends called, you guessed it, 'Chopped Salad.' You would order the ingredient mix you liked and then the chefs would chop everything together before drizzling on your favorite dressing.

The result is lettuce that is more bite size, onion that is minced and bigger chunks of the featured ingredients, in this case the sweet potatoes, apples and cherries. I don't know if it tastes any better really but one thing I do love with everything chopped; nothing is too large and so the mixture of ingredients on one forkful is always a great combination of everything in the salad.

This dressing is simply to die for. I contacted some neighbors once I finished taking photos of this salad; spinach does not hold up well after the fact and I knew I couldn't save the salad for another meal so my friends Amy and Parul were the lucky recipients.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

Parul and her husband Sauraub are Indian and she makes the most amazing Indian food so I am always especially pleased when she enjoys something of mine and they LOVED the salad and were especially fond of the dressing. Sweet from the maple syrup and honey with a zing from the apple cider vinegar and accentuated perfectly with a touch of whole mustard.

While I do make a honey mustard dressing I enjoy that has mayonnaise, this is my new favorite...even if you don't try the salad you have to make this dressing!

For this dressing, even though we're in the middle of summer, I couldn't help but think of using an ingredient that I often do in the winter when I cook sweet potatoes and that was maple syrup. The tangy, sweet dressing with just a hint of heat was so perfect; I made double so that I would have leftovers for other really could be a standard in my fridge I love it so much!

This is all it takes! I almost used all maple syrup but decided to combine it with honey to thicken the mix a little and the two together were divine.

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle pepper

Don't be afraid of the chipotle pepper; it's not enough to make it hot but I like the flavor better than plain pepper. Want a bit more heat...add 1/4 teaspoon more or to taste. I served the salad with this Smoked Chicken with Peach and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Priceless!

We loved this so much I'm already thinking of new variations...I've always loved sweet potatoes but now I love them in summer too!

Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad
Sweet Potato and Spinach Chopped Salad

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