Is this Chilled Roasted Sweet Potato Salad an oxymoron? It’s a simple summer salad and tastes best chilled. But the sweet potatoes are roasted. Do you see my dilemma? I try to be very precise about my words.
Speaking of precise language, I have to admit that the word oxymoron sounds a lot like something it’s not. It sounds like an insult to the men and women who attend(ed) Occidental College (Oxy) in Eagle Rock, California. People like my BF and (oh yeah) President Barack Obama (same dorm). However the word oxymoron has nothing to do with that terrible word for people of limited intelligence (you do realize I am NOT talking about Occidental College, right?).
Full Definition of OXYMORON
1: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as in jumbo shrimp and chilled roasted)
- ox·y·mo·ron·ic adjective
- ox·y·mo·ron·i·cal·ly adverb
But let’s get back to my simple summer sweet potato salad. If we simply call it Chili-Coriander Roasted Sweet Potato Salad we can avoid all the baggage that imprecise words carry, and only include words that tell you precisely what this salad is all about. Well, all the words except chilled. After all, this roasted sweet potato salad is a summer salad so I assume you know it’s chilled. I mean what are you, some sort of…
Wait. I think I was about to step into the trap of imprecise language. I refuse to do that. This Chili-Coriander Roasted Sweet Potato Salad deserves better than that.
Chilled Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Which brings me to my thesis. Who says sweet potatoes (or even yams) need to be cold weather food? Not me. Why not shake up your ideas about summertime potato salads? Leave the mayo in the fridge and have a look at what I can do with the humble (chilled roasted) sweet potato. My version is a little sweet, a little sour and even a little spicy. GREG