Hungry Girl: Creamy Sweet Potato Salad with a (Healthy!) Secret Ingredient
This party-ready side dish is only 130 calories per serving.
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Sweet potatoes are delicious and packed with nutrients. But since they’re pretty calorie dense, I like to go halfsies and mix them with butternut squash. Add a creamy dressing made with Greek yogurt, and this side dish is ready to party!
Creamy Sweet Potato Salad
1 lb. (about ½ medium) butternut squash cut into 1-inch cubes
10 oz. (about 1 medium) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
⅓ cup light mayonnaise
¼ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 packet natural no-calorie sweetener
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
1. Place squash and potato in a large microwave-safe bowl with ⅓ cup water. Cover and microwave for 6 minutes. Stir, re-cover, and microwave for 8 minutes, or until tender. Once cool enough to handle, drain excess water.
2. In another large bowl, combine mayo, yogurt, vinegar, sweetener, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Mix until uniform. Add all remaining ingredients, including drained squash and potatoes. Gently stir to coat.
3. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Nutritional Information: ⅙th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 130 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 236mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 2.5g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!