Sweet Potato Salad


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This delicious Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is not only colorful but it’s loaded with flavor! A combination of roasted sweet potatoes, bell peppers, corn, and celery is tossed in a quick homemade dressing. 

This creamy salad is great made ahead of time making it the perfect side dish for potlucks and barbecues!

A bowl of our favorite sweet potato salad recipe topped with green onions and bacon

Potato Salad has been a summertime favorite forever… and it’s made even better with sweet potatoes!

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes – roasted until tender and cooled
  • Crisp Veggies – for crunch and flavor (bell peppers, celery, corn)
  • Smoky Bacon – salt and flavor

A flavorful twist on a classic potato salad recipe, this recipe tastes even better when it’s made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes for Salad

Sweet potatoes have a thick skin and they do need to be peeled. They can be boiled but roasting adds way more flavor.

Ingredients for our favorite sweet potato salad recipe including roasted sweet potatoes, corn, peppers and bacon.

How to Make Sweet Potato Salad

This roasted sweet potato salad comes together quickly but the flavor is amazing! It’s bright and colorful with a delicious tangy dressing!

  1. Roast and cool sweet potatoes.
  2. Assemble all the dressing ingredients (per recipe below) and mix well.
  3. Toss cooled potatoes, dressing and other add-ins in a bowl.

Sweet potato salad ready to serve and topped with corn, peppers and bacon

Variations

  • MAKE IT SPICY: This salad is creamy and a little bit sweet which means that it lends itself very well to the addition of a little bit of heat! Dice a jalapeno or add a small dash of cayenne pepper or chipotle.
  • ADD PROTEIN: Easy Grilled Chicken Breast or shrimp make a great addition to turn this from a side to a main dish. Even leftover baked ham is great in this recipe!
  • ADD KALE: we love a great Kale Salad so turning this into a kale sweet potato salad is another favorite option! Remove the hard stems of the kale and chop finely and add to the salad. Extra color and extra nutrition! It’s a win-win!
  • CHANGE THE DRESSING: We make a zippy creamy dressing to go with this recipe. A dijon or lemon vinaigrette is another great option!

Potato Salad Favorites

5 from 1 vote
Review Recipe

Sweet Potato Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
This colorful side dish features roasted sweet potatoes, corn, juicy red peppers and smoky bacon all tossed in a creamy dressing.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn defrosted
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste. Roast 35-40 minutes or until fok tender. Cool completely.
  • Combine dressing ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients, toss to coat and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Roasted sweet potatoes have the best flavor but you can substitute baked or boiled potatoes.
This salad goes well with a mustard based vinaigrette as well.
To make ahead, toss all ingredients and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 340, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 349mg, Potassium: 544mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 16555IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Keyword sweet potato salad

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  1. I love this salad. I did however add some honey to the dressing because the vinegar was a little too vinegary for me. It turned out wonderful. This is a keeper.5 stars

  2. Since you mention you can use leftover baked potato Im thinking it would be OK to cube and bake the potatoes a day or so in advance and then utilize them in this out a couple days later?

  3. This sounds sooo good! I want to make it and add chicken to serve it as a main dish for a easy dinner.
    My husband loves mist of what’s in here with the exception of celery. He has a hate for celery. ‍♀️ If I leave it out how much will it affect the taste? Is there something else I could replace it with so I don’t miss out on that crunch?
    Thanks!

    1. I hope you love it when you try it Kaylah! Maybe you could substitute water chestnuts for the crunch?