Apple, Orange and Sweet Potato Salad

I KNOW this salad sounds funky.  When you read through the ingredients list, your natural reaction will be to  pass on this recipe.  You're going to think, "Jill's gone off her rocker.  There's no way my family is going to eat this."  I had the VERY SAME THOUGHTS.  When I took the extra salad over to my favorite farmer's house, I was nervous that his family would think it was foodie food and not like it.
I was dead wrong on all counts.  Please don't hesitate to try this recipe.  It's naturally sweet from the apples and oranges.  It's has a good crunch from the apples and grated sweet potato, and the dressing is creamy with a mild zippy garlic flavor that is in good balance with the sweet fruits.

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated sweet potato, rinsed well
  • 2 sweet apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large orange, pith removed, separated into segments

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mild tasting oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In an medium bowl, toss the rinsed sweet potato, apple and orange together.  Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring.

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously to blend.  Just before serving the salad, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well together.

COOK'S NOTES: You see how I sliced the apples in the photo above?  It looks pretty, but it's not easy to eat.  I recommend chopping the apples into manageable chunks for better scooping and/or fork stabbing ability.