Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

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Recipes.net Team December 16, 2020

Today, we’re bringing you a true superfood! Sweet potato salad deserves to be more than just a side piece on your dining table. They’re delicious, high in nutrients, and their natural sugars offer a balanced source of energy. Of course, it goes perfectly with almost all meals!

Sweet potatoes are an all-around food diva. It gives you so many ways to incorporate them into your daily meals. You can make our rich and silky Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe out of them, which is a perfect dish to serve for Thanksgiving! You can also make a healthier alternative to the crowd favorite, crispy french fries, and try our Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries. But, our simple yet vibrant potato salad is also one you can’t miss. So, if you’re after healthy sweet potato salad recipes that will surely be on the regular, just keep on reading!

This simple potato salad recipe made out of only 5 major ingredients surely deserves a space on your next meal plan. It’s so easy to make and to pair with every meal there is!

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Salad

As we’ve said, almost everything goes well with our classic potato salad recipe. To give you some ideas, a sweet potato salad can be served with great meat like steak. Steak is already greasy as it is, so you’ll need to pair it with something light, hearty and delicious just like our salad.

Sweet potatoes are also good to pair with fish meats. Fish dishes are great as a party entrée pair with sweet potato salad. Another seafood that tastes wonderful with our salad is grilled shrimp. The fresh and juicy taste of seafood gives off a sweet and clean flavor, so it would work with a creamy and a little salty side.

Aside from main dishes, there are plenty of other side dishes that also go well with our baked potato salad. One of the best sides that taste good with it, is baked beans. For this recipe, we used chickpeas, cashew nuts, fresh tomatoes, while our salad dressing is made of onions, parsley, apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil which all give a healthy and fresh flavor.

Since sweet potato is an all-around dish that you can pair with almost anything, it tastes amazing with greens, too! You can have a roasted sweet potato salad together with healthy greens such as spinach, avocado, onion, with a drizzle of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice like what we did in our Southwestern Kale Power Salad.

Best Dressing For Your Sweet Potato Salad

Are you looking for the perfect cooked potato salad dressing? We’ve got you covered! If you’re for a creamier mixture, you can make a mustard potato salad recipe and drizzle it with a delicious mustard and pickle relish.

If you’re after making a potato salad without mayo, or a potato salad with Italian dressing, you might want to use another condiment like Italian Vinaigrette for your dressing, like what we have in our Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale & Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe.

Aside from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and tahini dressing, you can also use Honey Mustard Salad Dressing or the ever classic Greek Salad Dressing. There’s a lot more condiments to choose from! You’ll never run out of options to enjoy our stellar food item even more, so feel free to explore on your salad dressing!

Tips in Making Sweet Potato Salad And Variations To Try

We’re so excited to get you cooking your own potato salad! So, here are some tips you might want to take note of.

First, since making a potato salad is all about mixing your other favorite veggies, it’s important that you let the sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature first before you toss everything together. If you mix the salad while the sweet potatoes are still hot, the veggies will wilt.

Tip: Remember to add the dressing at the last minute before serving to avoid making your sweet potato salad soggy.

You can also have this salad hot or cold. You can store your leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, and you can simply warm it up as a side dish for dinner.

If you’re here for something leafy and zesty, try our Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. It would give you that warm and earthy color with ginger and lime dressing, too.

We also have our Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe if you’re looking for something similar to roasted yams for Thanksgiving. A hearty salad like our Italian-Style Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe is also a must-try! Being so flavorful and satisfying with its marinara sauce. Lastly, our ever classic Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe topped with marshmallows and pecan. Try these delicious recipes at home!

How To Make Sweet Potato Salad

The all-around sweet potato brings a fresh, appetizing, and healthy salad to your table! Have this any time of the day with any of your favorite dishes. Don’t forget your favorite dressing too!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins


For Salad:

  • lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts, roasted
  • ½ cup chickpeas, canned and drained
  • ¾ cup fresh tomatoes, cut into chunks (no need to deseed)
  • Salt and ground black pepper , for seasoning

For Dressing:

  • ¾ cup spring onions, finely minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 7 tbsp white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper , to taste

To Serve:

  • cup feta cheese, Haloumi, or Paneer cheeses, packed in water, drained, and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, or parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees F. Grease and line your roasting tray with parchment paper.

  2. In a mixing bowl, add the oil and potatoes. Toss to evenly coat the potatoes.

  3. Season briefly with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

  4. Transfer to a roasting tray and roast for roughly 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender but still hold shape.

  5. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool down your potatoes completely.

  6. While waiting, prepare your vinaigrette. Combine all the ingredients and whisk until evenly incorporated.

  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly.

  8. When the potatoes are cold, transfer the contents into a salad bowl.

  9. Add the nuts, chickpeas, and tomatoes. Toss briefly to combine.

  10. Add enough vinaigrette just to coat the vegetables evenly.

  11. Garnish with crumbled cheese of your choice and chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve!


Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make this sweet potato salad ahead of time?

Definitely! To make your potato salad ahead of time, simply toss all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 to 24 hours before proceeding to roasting them based on our recipe instructions. Let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

How to clean sweet potatoes?

You can clean sweet potatoes by scrubbing them using a clean vegetable brush with warm water before cutting or cooking them. Since sweet potatoes are crops that grow on the ground, it’s important to make sure to remove all the dirt and grit covering them before we use them.

How do I store sweet potato salad?

To store your potato salad, place it in an airtight container. If properly stored, cooked sweet potatoes will last for 2 to 5 days in your refrigerator.


You’ll never run out of ideas on how to make your sweet potato salad. Most of the ingredients are inches away from your fridge! Go ahead and make your own and pair it with your favorite savory dishes!

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