Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon is a naturally sweet and creamy treat that I’ve been enjoying this summer. It seems indulgent, but really – it’s not! Now that I’m back from traveling, I’ll share the recipe with you in time for the long weekend.
I know. Summer is almost over. I’m glad that in Ontario the kids don’t go back to school until after Labour Day. That helps to extend our short summers a bit.
When I redid the Elimination Diet earlier this year, I found that my body is reacting to potatoes right now. Potatoes are members of the nightshade family. Sweet potatoes are not. Nightshade vegetables also include tomatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), and eggplant. Gogi berries are related, too. These foods contain alkaloids which cause problems for some people. While nightshades are healthful for most people, according to Dr. Axe, people who struggle with food sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease or leaky gut syndrome may find that they contribute to the condition.
Another issue with nightshades is their high-lectin content.
Everyone’s body reacts differently to the nightshades. Potatoes are the worst for me. I also react to raw tomatoes, but seem to get along all right with a little cooked tomato.
Sweet Potato Salad
So, if I can’t eat potato salad, what am I to do? Create a sweet potato salad recipe, of course! Fortunately, I love sweet potatoes!
Sweet Potato Salad is great for taking to picnics and potlucks. Just be sure to keep it cooled to a safe temperature (4 C or 40F or lower). I find it a great salad to have made up ahead of time to take with us when we go away in our trailer. It would even be easy enough to make in the small trailer kitchen.
This recipe uses homemade mayonnaise. If you don’t have any on hand, you can whip it up in a minute. The recipe for that is here.
Prepare your sweet potatoes and bacon first. Then it’s easy to toss the salad together. This 37-second video shows you how: