Grilled California Avocado, Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad

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28 g
Total Fat
43 g
Total Carbs
6 g
460 mg
 Grilled California Avocado, Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad

This grilled avocado and sweet potato salad is slightly smoky, slightly sweet and full of flavor. It’s simple to prepare yet has an impressive presentation. This recipe is an excellent source of dietary fiber (46% DV) and potassium (25% DV). Consuming foods rich in fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, a diet rich in potassium helps to offset some of the harmful effects that sodium has on blood pressure.


Serves: 4
    Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Tbsp.  extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing avocados and yams
2 1/2  Tbsp.  balsamic vinegar
tsp.  stone ground mustard
3/4  tsp.  garlic salt
1/4  tsp.  dried basil
1/8  tsp.  freshly ground pepper or to taste
1 1/4  lb.  small (2 inches in diameter) yams, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  ripe, firm Fresh California Avocados, peeled and sliced
cups  baby arugula
1/3  cup  red onion, slivered
1/4  cup  shelled, roasted and salted pistachios (optional)

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Brush yam slices on both sides with olive oil. Grill over medium-low (350°F) heat for about 12 minutes or until tender and lightly charred, turning once or twice. Remove from grill and place in a medium bowl to cool.
  3. Increase heat to high (450-550°F) and let grill preheat. Cut avocados in half, remove skin and seeds. Brush with olive oil and place cut side down on grill. Cover and cook for 1 minute to lightly grill mark.
  4. Place equal amounts of arugula onto plates. Top with equal amounts of sweet potatoes, onion and avocado. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with pistachios, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Calories 430
Total Fat 28 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Monounsaturated Fat g
Polyunsaturated Fat g
Total Carbs 43 g
Dietary Fiber 13 g
Total Sugar 12 g
Protein 6 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 460 mg
Potassium mg

Vitamin A 1420 mcg; Vitamin C 44 mg; Calcium 151 mg; Iron 2 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 112 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.22 g.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Patty Mastracco

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