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Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

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Who knew that such simple ingredients as spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and eggs when combined and served with a mayonnaise-based dressing could create such a delicious salad? If you haven’t yet tried a BLT salad, hurry up and make it, especially if you have some extra vegetables that you need to use, such as spinach and tomatoes. So good!   The only thing that has always been missing from my BLT salads was the carbs, and in this recipe this problem is fixed by adding sweet potato fries!  Not only is this salad delicious, it has all everything: protein, healthy carbs, vegetables, fiber, and it’s GLUTEN FREE!

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A couple of recommendations:

  • Use real bacon, and not premade bacon bits.
  • When making the salad dressing, start by adding 2 tablespoons of milk to the mayonnaise but add more milk if desired to get a nice dressing-like consistency. Without adding the milk, the dressing would be too thick.
  • Do not add salt to the salad dressing, because the bacon will add enough saltiness to the dish.  If you do think you need more salt, add the salt directly into the salad AFTER you mix the salad with the dressing.
  • Add the dressing just before serving, otherwise the salad will wilt.

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Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Ingredients

    Sweet potato fries:
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil per 1 very big sweet potato
  • BLT salad:
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 1 or 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 8 strips cooked bacon (preferably baked), chopped
  • Salad dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or more)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

    Sweet potato fries:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the potato, slice in thin strips. In a large bowl, toss with spices and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread in one layer on aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the upper rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool on wire rack.
  4. BLT salad:
  5. In a large salad bowl, combine spinach, sliced tomatoes, chopped bacon, sliced eggs, sweet potato fries. Whisk mayonnaise, milk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add freshly ground pepper to the dressing, to taste. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad (you don't have to use all of it, just use as much as you prefer) and mix.
  6. Or, alternatively, layer the salad by layering spinach leaves as a first layer, then adding sliced tomatoes, chopped bacon, sliced eggs, and sweet potato fries in little separate sections on top. Sprinkle with some of the salad dressing and serve with the remaining salad dressing on the side
  7. Another way to serve this salad is to mix all salad ingredients, except for sweet potato fries, with the dressing, then add sweet potato fries on top of the salad.
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  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You March 13, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Did you say sweet potatoes? Oh, this dish is so for me. I am a fan of sweet potatoes… and this salad is crowned with nothing less than sweet potato fries!!! Mmmmmm!!!!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishesa March 14, 2014, 1:51 am

    I’ve always loved hard boiled eggs in my salads for some reason…good dose of protein!! Also, love sweet potatoes so this is my kind of salad 🙂

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) March 14, 2014, 4:57 am

    Your food always looks so colourful and beautiful, Julia.

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 14, 2014, 8:15 am

    Julia – I could eat a salad like this EVERY DAY! Sweet potato+bacon+boiled eggs = totally bliss! Such a colorful plate-love your photos!

  • [email protected] March 14, 2014, 9:56 am

    I love ALL the salads you’ve posted recently. but I think this one is my favorite. Sweet potato fries are like my favorite thing. Love that you put them in a BLT salad!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods March 14, 2014, 10:18 am

    Julia, you have no idea how much I wish this was my lunch for today. It just looks delicious! Beautiful photos as usual 😀 Those tomatoes are so red and how can you go wrong with sweet potato fries?! Pinning!!

  • ATasteOfMadness March 14, 2014, 11:36 am

    I haven’t made salad in forever, but I think I would start with this. This looks fantastic!

  • Laura Dembowski March 14, 2014, 4:07 pm

    This is my kind of salad! Of course, I’m a sucker for anything with sweet potato fries.

  • [email protected] March 14, 2014, 4:54 pm

    On mine…sweet potato fritters, what a treat this would be, on top of that beautiful salad! 🙂 ela

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking March 14, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Oooo this looks yummy! Your addition of sweet potato fries to a salad is genius!! The colors! I just can’t take it!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy March 14, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Yum!!!

  • Liz March 14, 2014, 10:00 pm

    What a vibrant salad! And with fries and BLT ingredients? I’m sold!!!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 14, 2014, 10:17 pm

    Love this salad, girl! Our kitchen is never without sweet potatoes. I must try your newfangled BLT salad soon! As always, gorgeous, colorful photography. Thanks for sharing. Already pinned!

  • Monica March 15, 2014, 7:08 am

    You make me crave a real salad like this! I adore sweet potatoes and eat one pretty much every day. I never thought about it like this! Plus, great tips as well.

  • whatjessicabakednext March 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

    This looks delicious- I love the colours!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook March 15, 2014, 11:46 pm

    Sweet potato fries!!!! Ok, I like mine to be crunchy, may I eat them first before dressing? =P Well, that might lose the whole flavor combination of this salad though.. Maybe I’d eat just a few fries first then. 😉 Such a wonderful salad that I could eat every day!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs March 16, 2014, 7:30 am

    This salad is everything I could ever want for lunch! Ohh it is mouth watering Julia!!

  • Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine March 16, 2014, 7:56 am

    What a yummy dinner in a bowl Julia! I love meals like this that are healthy but not the same old same old! It’s so bright and colorful too!

  • Beth March 16, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I love salads that are full of colours and flavours, and yours definitely hits the mark. And the sweet potato fries are a brilliant addition!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 16, 2014, 6:08 pm

    Pretty genius idea.. fries and salad?! Yes, please!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu March 16, 2014, 11:29 pm

    O.M.G. This is probably the best salad I have seen in my entire life. SWEET POTATO FRIES!!! In a salad??? Obsessed.

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