Sweet Potato Mango Salad

If beef is your idea of real food for real people, you’d better live real close to a good hospital.
— Neal Barnard, M.D.

Lately, life hasn't been permiting me time to cook up dinner. Sometimes, I forget my lunch and have to buy a teeny $4 Umpqua Oats bowl from the cafe at work (#theonlyveganoption #superbummer). More often than not, when I have to choose, I'll prioritize walking Bailey versus making a proper dinner. And occasionally, I'll get back from vacation and be precluded from squeezing in the time to make it to the store for actual dinner preparations...aka food. It's only been two weeks since we got back...a very busy two weeks.

All of these things lead me this dish. It might sound really odd, mango and sweet potatoes together in an Italian potato salad type of fashion but I'm going to need you to trust me. Your trust will be rewarded greatly. 

Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad

We have mangoes and sweet potatoes at home. That's pretty much it. No creamer, no bread, no vegan milk, no veggies, and only one (really rough looking) banana. I know, right? It's been a hectic few weeks. My stress level can be determined by how much food is in the house and how many hours I've been able to wear my nightgown. If I claimed to be living off anything other than hummus, dried figs, and vegan chocolate chips I'd be lying. It's not awful. Figs and chocolate are amazing together, seriously, you need to try it.

Things have been so dire that I spent the latter half of yesterday slinking around the clinic, seemingly casual (but actually frantic), investigating the break room tables for "please eat me" forsakens like bags of oldish bread or boxes of muffins. Half-opened candy someone didn't want in the house, shunned fruits (usually oranges, people hate oranges apparently), or a posse of pillaged chip bags from some prior festivities I wasn't privy to. I won't tell you I'm proud.

Unfortunately, my food-seeking adventures often end in a few dry spoonfuls of nutritional yeast that I have in my desk drawer. It's not ideal, but it works in a pinch. Come on, you've done it...we've all done it, right? I'll die of starvation before I spend $2.25 on a green (or conversely rotting) banana from the cafe. 

Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad

Thank goodness when I finally got home I was able to stuff my face with dried figs and chocolate chips, then start making this fantastic salad. I ate a good portion straight from the serving bowl with that big wooden spoon before I was able to shoot some photos. Cavewoman style...don't judge...

Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
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Sweet Potato Mango Salad
A delicious spin on regular potato salad. This sweet potato mango salad is studded with dried berries and dressed with lime juice and olive oil.
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 large mango, diced
  • ½ medium brown or red onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp. dried blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp. goji berries (or other dried berries)
  • small handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ Tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
Place the diced sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Boil for about 5-8 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender taking care to not overcook them. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Add the mango, onion, berries and parsley to the cooked potatoes. Toss gently to combine.In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the potato and mango mixture. Toss gently to coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad
Produce On Parade - Sweet Potato Mango Salad

German Word of The Day

Doctor --> Arzt (artst)

Good Deed of The Day

Read this article by Kim A. Williams, MD about how he changed to a vegan diet in 2003 to battle his rising cholesterol. Trust him, he's a doctor. Actually, he's been elected to be the next president of the American College of Cardiology. So, you really should trust him. 

Italian Potato Salad

Sweet baby jesus you guys. I finally, finally got DISQUS (the comment platform) to work on my new site. I seriously teared up with joy when I saw it was finally working. This has been a giant source of frustration over the last week and I am so, so, so incredibly elated it's finally working. Now I can share posts! Gah! Why did I switch hosts again?? 

Now to the good stuff. If there's one thing that sings "Summer!" for me, it might just have to be...potato salad. Is that weird? My dad had the rare ability to make the most rockin' potato salad around (for some reason I only recall it's existence around warmer temperatures) and I feel like I might have (fingers crossed) inherited said gift from him.

Some people might be all like, "It's potato salad, big whoop. Anyone can whip up a potato salad!" I beg to differ. And in a few short words, I'll tell you why. Most potato salad is either soaking in way too much liquid or is as dry as a bone. Sometimes it's completely lacking in flavor. More often than not, it's mostly just a whole lotta mayonnaise with some mushy potatoes and a little veggies thrown in just so you know you're not just consuming a potato and mayonnaise smoothie...yep, in my experience most potato salad straight-up sucks

I won't even discuss store-bought potato salad. I just won't. 

Produce On Parade - Italian Potato Salad

Stop eating potato and mayonnaise smoothies. I've come to save you from the potato salads that haunt your dreams. I'd like to start off by noting that  this salad is completely mayo-free. Instead, it's dressed in a beautiful herbed olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing. Tender baby red potatoes, crunchy celery, tart capers, salty Kalamata olives, and juicy cherry tomatoes mingle with fresh basil and parsley to make the truly simplest and most lovely potato salad you've ever had. 

Italian Potato Salad

Serves 4-6


  • Salad:
  • 3 lbs. baby red potatoes, unpeeled and quartered or halved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. capers, drained
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 16 pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chiffonade
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Start by bringing a very large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile wash and scrub the potatoes of any dirt. If the potatoes are on the larger side, cut or quarter them. Once the water reaches a rapid boil, add the potatoes. Boil for about 20 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork. Strain and set aside.

While the potatoes boil, prep the remaining salad ingredients. Add them all to a very large serving bowl and combine.

To make the dressing, simply combine all the ingredients in small bowl or measuring cup and whisk well. 

Add the boiled potatoes to the large serving bowl and combine with the tomato/celery/olive mixture. Pour the dressing over it all and mix again, until well coated. 

Serve warm or cold!

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It seems I've been caught picking out of the bowl!

It seems I've been caught picking out of the bowl!

Someone was all ready for the big cabin trip last week!

Someone was all ready for the big cabin trip last week!

We saw MGMT in concert yesterday. Can you believe they came all the way up to Alaska?! I'll share a video on Instagram! I am not a concert person and never, ever will be. It's just not my bag. I like my personal space...and not being smoked on. Someone threw up right next to me and if I want to go to a bathroom so disgusting I have to hover-pee, I'll go to the state fair. *shudder* I just chanted, "Go to your happy place...go to your happy place..." all night. Why am I such an old, grumpy lady?!

German Word of The Day:

Potato --> Kartoffel (pronounced: car-toffel) I know I've shared this one before but for some strange reason, it's one of my favorite German words!

Good Deed of The Day:

Simply wish everyone you come in contact to happiness (in your head, don't want people thinking you're crazy). Smile, and be happy!