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Nutty sweet potato salad

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
15 min
5 min
Sweet potatoes aren't just for Thanksgiving anymore. We used them to put a spin on our potato salad, that all-American picnic side dish. Five-spice powder, traditionally used in Chinese cooking, seems like a very unorthodox addition to any potato salad. Here, it adds a warm sweetness since it's usually made with star anise, fennel, and cinnamon, and is a wonderful complement for the heartier ingredients as well as the tart currants. It'll turn the heads of even the biggest potato salad skeptics.


uncooked sweet potato(es)

2 large, peeled and cut into chunks (about 1 1/4 lbs)

reduced calorie mayonnaise

3 Tbsp

fresh lemon juice

3 Tbsp

five-spice powder

¼ tsp

chopped walnuts

¼ cup(s), toasted

fresh currants

½ cup(s)

table salt

tsp, or to taste

black pepper

tsp, or to taste


  1. Steam sweet potato chunks until tender, about 5 minutes; cool to room temperature.
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice and five-spice powder. Pour over sweet potatoes and toss gently.
  3. Add walnuts and currants; toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

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