Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Herb Dressing

Since starting the Beauty Detox Challenge, I have really learned a lot.

I’ve learned that it’s exciting and fun of to change up a recipe. I used to always be the girl following the recipe exactly, afraid to make any little mistake and completely screw it up. I am no longer that person. I’m actually becoming obsessed with mixing up recipes and creating my own from whatever I have in the kitchen.

sweet potato avocado salad

I’ve learned that healthy eating is a lot easier when you invest your time in preparing unique dishes. I’ve always struggled with healthy eating, because I tend to stick to the same dishes and get sick of them. Now I feel like my options are truly endless!

I’ve learned that it’s always important to try things again and again. I’ve always been a bit of a “picky” eater, but I’ve never been afraid of trying new food (unless it’s something completely disgusting like chicken hearts or liver. NO Thanks!). However, sometimes I just assume I don’t like certain food because I tried it years ago and didn’t like it. This challenge has reminded me to keep trying food again and again even if you think you will not like it (hint: you just may like it the 4th time around)

This weeks recipe assignment is one of those “Ugh, I hate potato salad” moments. Well, let me tell you, I guess I had never tried sweet potato salad with avocado herb dressing! Really, I’ve only ever tried potato salad with mayo and I stand by my decision that that is gross.

Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Herb Dressing

Salad:

2 Large or 3 small sweet potatoes

1/2 small onion, minced

1/3 cup celery, diced

dash of cayenne or cinnamon (depending on your preference, I chose cayenne)

salt & pepper to taste

Dressing:

1 whole ripe avocado (skin and seed remove)

1 garlic clove

1/2 of a lemon, juiced

1/2 cup of water

1/3 cup of fresh herbs (I used thyme, oregano, basil, & cilantro)

Directions:

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in cubes. Place a single layer in steamer and steam until tender. Let potatoes cool while you begin to prepare the remainder.

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or a food processor for an easy 30 – 60 second blend. You’re dressing is ready!

Once the potatoes are cooled combine in a large bowl with the onions and celery. Pour in about half of the dressing and mix all ingredients together. You can decide if you’d like less/more dressing or save the remainder for a kale salad later.

I’m officially a potato salad lover. Tell me, have you always loved potato salad? Do you have any favorite potato salad recipes (sans mayo) you’d like to share with me?

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