Fuss-Free Foodie Friday: Twisted Yam Salad

In honor of this special time of year, I thought it appropriate to lead you towards an orange and black colored recipe today. Let me clarify that by “special time of year” I am not referring to Halloween, but the power of orange and black in the World Series. This recipe will make any Giant’s fan proud!

Inspiring my Giant's with an orange & black recipe!

This dish was mama’s holiday go-to salad last year and it gained rave reviews from every potluck. Mama adapted this salad from a recipe in the New York Times (September 2009). I can promise you, this version of yams is unlike anything you have ever tasted.  It is sweet, yet spicy and leaves a fresh citrus-herb flavor in your mouth. If your guests can take the heat, go ahead and double the amount of jalapeno.

Timmy likes his yams twisted

Viva la orange and black! Enjoy this side dish tomorrow evening as you and your friends watch our Giant’s devour the Ranger’s! Bon appetite and play ball!


4 large yams (we prefer the ruby reds) or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into dice-sized bites

1 large sweet onion (Maui or Wallawalla are wonderful), peeled and chopped

1/3 cup olive oil

1 jalapeno (or other hot chili pepper)

3 limes

2 cloves garlic

2 cups cooked black beans (canned is fine if you are in a rush)

1 red (or yellow) bell pepper, diced

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Toss onions and yams with 1/2 olive oil, salt and pepper and place, single layer, on baking sheet.  Roast until tender & getting a little carmelized (about 30-40 minutes).  Stir a few times during roasting.

In food processor or blender, blend jalapeno, garlic, remainder of olive oil and juice of the limes.

In a large bowl, combine the yam & onions with the beans, bell pepper and cilantro.  Drizzle the lime/jalapeno mixture and toss.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

A terrific side-note to this side-dish:  This salad is delicious warm, room temperature or cold. Perfect, don’t you agree?

may the force be with the Giant's!

Do you have any special orange and black themed party food that you will prepare for the games or Halloween this weekend?



  1. I love yams! Never associated them with the Giants, but will be happy to make them part of the World Series experience. This looks like a serious recipe (serious heat and serious flavor!), and I think it could be a hit in my household. Because of dietary restrictions related to health, I can’t sample too many innovative recipes, but the ingredients in this are actually ok. for me! Thanks for the culinary inspiration, Atticus!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

  2. Atticus says:

    I am so pleased that the ingredients are “ok” for you, Judy! Mama doesn’t eat meat and she’s creative in the kitchen, my “Fuss Free Foodie Friday” posts will always be meat-free and, usually, quite healthy, low-cal, high-protein, but with high flavor! You can always adjust the pepper & garlic, to taste, so it’s an easy to customize dish.

    Please let me know the verdict after you serve this to your family, Judy.

  3. Hmmm, that sounds really good! Thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband likes heat and he´s from San Francisco, sounds like the perfect dish to make for him.
    GO GIANTS (I am loyal to my husband even though we live near Dallas, sorry Rangers, not this time)!!


  4. Nom, nom! Another great recipe and of course one that’s perfect! Think I will do this for the Sunday game.

    Candace Davenport
    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

  5. Laine D says:

    Sounds great and very healthy! Lots of available Vitamin C and fiber.

    For those of us just learning about this type of colonial fare what is the difference between a sweet potatoes (they’re the orange ones?) and Yams (darker?)

    As long as you don’t make me eat Pumpkin Pie I’m good! Love Pumpkin but not as a pie :P

    Laine D

  6. Atticus says:

    Good choice Franziska (Giant’s over Ranger’s, I mean!). If hubby likes the heat, bump up the jalapeno a bit. Please let us know how you like the recipe, and thanks for visiting!

  7. Atticus says:

    Great, Candace! let me know what you think after you’ve made it. I brought this to Thanksgiving last year (big hit) and to a fancy holiday buffet (even bigger hit!). This dish has ingredients that you wouldn’t normally put together, yet it’s heaven! Enjoy :)

  8. Atticus says:

    Yes, Laine — high in C, A and fiber. As far as the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, yams are generally sweeter than sweet potatoes. Yams are a South American/Caribbean tuber, originally from Africa, growing in more tropical climates. Both work well in this recipe, but my preference is towards dark yams.
    I suggest that you bake one of each sometime (like you would a baked potato) and see what you like best. Enjoy!

  9. I love the recipe, especially as it’s got no meat, it may finally make me brave enough to try Yams, as I never know what to do with them! Plus my husband should like it as it’s supporting the Giants! :) We might have a different view on how much heat I should put in it though! :)

    Great to see another dog blog, I knew there must be many more dogs out there who can type……:)

  10. bruce barone says:
  11. Atticus says:

    You will like it, Bruce! Let me know what you think. and thanks for the links… always looking for inspiration!

  12. Atticus says:

    Thanks for stopping by Annette & Snoopy! the recipes I feature are always meat-free (although sometimes with fish), as mama is one of those strange humans who is not a carnivore.

    Happy to hear you will be supporting the Giant’s today! This color-themed dish will add even more excitement to what promises to be an exciting day!

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