Now that we live in Ohio, I finally got to meet in person my wonderful blog-friend, Gina of The Candid RD! After being blog friends for so long, it was such a treat to be able to chat at length in person, all while walking around the beautiful Eaton mall in Columbus,
(A Williams-Sonoma treat... vanilla bean paste!!)
and of course shopping at Trader Joe's!
Gina is incredibly sweet, and brought me a remarkably thoughtful package of her famous granola and granola bars! Gina, you truly need to patent these and start selling them online, because they are beyond amazing!
Back home in Dayton this week, I had the fanciful idea of creating a dish in Gina's honor... :-)
I started with sweet potatoes, because I purchased them during our trip to Trader Joe's! Then I added Greek yogurt, which Gina and I both agreed is amazing... and finally, I knew I had to include walnuts, because Gina taught me how healthful they are! Thus, curried sweet potato salad found its beginnings...
As always, I'm thankful for the inspiration of friends!
Curried Sweet Potato Salad
4 medium russet or Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup plain fat free or 2% Greek yogurt (I used fat free, but I would imagine the salad would be even more amazing with the slight upgrade to 2% Greek yogurt)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce (I used a chipotle hot sauce)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup minced chives
1/2 tsp celery seed
6 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
~ Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
~ Whisk together the yogurt, curry powder, hot sauce, salt, chives, and celery seed.
~ Fold the yogurt mixture into the potatoes.
~ Sprinkle with the walnuts, and serve chilled!