Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe (2024)

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Posted (last updated August 25, 2023) by Wendy Polisi

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This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe has ingredients that will leave you feeling great and has flavors that will keep you coming back for more. Roasting sweet potatoes brings out their sweetness, which plays perfectly with a sweet-heat dressing. Make this once, and you will turn to it again and again.

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I love green salads, but sometimes I find myself craving something different.

This roasted sweet potato salad is perfect when I want a hearty side or plant-based main.

It is one of my go-to dishes for meal prep. I like to make this recipe on a lazy Sunday afternoon, so I've got an energizing lunch during the busy work week.

This recipe for sweet potato salad is infinitely adaptable, so feel free to play with it and make it your own.

Ingredients for Making Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

  • Sweet Potatoes: I used four medium sweet potatoes for this recipe, but you could easily use two extra-large ones. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into ½ inch slices.
  • Spices: I used a mix of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and chipotle chili powder to give the sweet potatoes a nice flavor. If you don't have chipotle chili powder, you could use regular chili powder or leave it out.
  • Vegetables: I diced up one red pepper and added it to the sweet potatoes. You could also add yellow pepper, red onion, or even some kale.
  • Nuts: I used ¼ cup of pine nuts, but you could use any type of nut you like. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds would all be great in this salad.
  • Dressing: I made a simple salad dressing with apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt. You could also use balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar. Or skip the vinegar and use lemon juice in its place.

Tips & Tricks

  • Don't skip lining your pan with parchment paper when roasting sweet potatoes! The caramelized juices will make a mess and can be very difficult to clean up.
  • Make sure you give the sweet potatoes long enough to cook. They should cook a little past the initial point of tenderness for the flavors to fully develop.
  • Make sure that you cut the sweet potatoes to be all about the same size. Otherwise, they won’t cook evenly.

Variations for Sweet Potato Salad

  • Use sherry vinegar in place of the apple cider vinegar. Add one tablespoon organic white miso. (If you make it this way, I recommend not adding the salt and then tasting and adjusting the seasonings to your taste. Miso adds a lot of salt on its own.)
  • Add 1 bunch of kale massaged with one tablespoon of lime juice. Top with 2 tablespoons of pepitas.
  • Add 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa, or 1 ½ cups (about one can) drained and rinsed black beans.
  • Craving more sweetness? Dried cranberries are perfect here. Or finish with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  • Goat cheese or vegan nut cheese adds an extra pop of flavor.

Buying Sweet Potatoes

Look for sweet potatoes that show no signs of wrinkling or sprouting.

Avoid sweet potatoes that have a greenish color just under the skin. They have had too much exposure to light, and this has caused a natural toxin to develop.

Storing Sweet Potatoes

For the longest storage, keep sweet potatoes in a dark cool place. They will keep room temperature for about two weeks but will last up to a month in a dark, cool place.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the vegan roasted sweet potato salad over baby arugula and top with ¼ cup of chopped scallions for a complete meal.
  • Add 1 cup of corn and serve in a gluten-free corn tortilla soft-taco style!
  • Use candied pecans in place of the pine nuts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat sweet potato cold?

Absolutely! Once you have roasted it, you can enjoy this salad cold or at room temperature.

How do you soften sweet potatoes?

The best way to soften sweet potatoes is to roast them!

Tools Needed to Make Sweet Potato Salad

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Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

How to Make Sweet Potato Salad

Roast the Sweet Potatoes

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First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cube your sweet potatoes and place them in a bowl.

Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Transfer sweet potatoes to the prepared baking sheet, and post for 28 to 35 minutes until tender. Allow to cool slightly in the pan and transfer to a large bowl.

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Make the Salad

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, make the dressing by combining the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and chipotle chili powder in a blender.

Process until smooth. (You can also whisk together in a bow.)

Add the scallions and red pepper to the bowl with the sweet potatoes.

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Toss with the dressing. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Top with pine nuts and serve warm or at room temperature. (You can also make this a cold sweet potato salad if you prefer.)

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5 from 8 votes

Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pine Nuts

This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is a healthy side dish that is so easy to make. Throw in some quinoa, kale or black beans to make this a complete meal. This healthy sweet potato salad is vegan and naturally gluten free.

Prep Time15 minutes mins

Cook Time30 minutes mins

Total Time45 minutes mins

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Healthy

Keyword: roasted sweet potato salad

Servings: 6

Calories: 292kcal

Author: Wendy Polisi


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 scallions
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • ¼ cup pine nuts toasted
  • Dressing
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cubed sweet potatoes in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  • Roast for 28 to 35 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Meanwhile, whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl or process in a blender

  • Toss sweet potatoes with scallions, red pepper and dressing. Top with pine nuts and serve warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 13095IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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Christmas RecipesFall RecipesGluten Free RecipesHoliday RecipesSalad RecipesThanksgiving RecipesVegan RecipesVegetarian Recipes

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About Wendy Polisi

Hi, I’m Wendy! I’m a cook, 5 time cookbook author, blogger, natural health enthusiast…and most importantly a mom. My boys are 18 & 19 and my late life princess is 10.

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  1. Shannon Graham

    Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe (14)
    Mmm sweet potatoes are my favorite.


  2. angie

    this sounds so super yummy my daughter loves sweet potatoes will see how she loves this.
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  3. Tara Pittman

    How I wished that I had not had my last sweet potato last night. I really want to make this for breakfast with some eggs.


  4. Sarah Bailey

    Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe (15)
    My other half isn't really a salad person ( and hey neither am I ) but he does love sweet potatoes, so I am going to have to ask him if this is something he would like to try.


  5. Marissa Zurfluh

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    We are all about sweet potatoes in this house. I would love to give this a shot and see if the kids like it!


  6. Crystal Carder

    These potatoes look delicious. I love sweet potatoes and am always looking for new ways to make them. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Tiffany Haywood

    I've heard of potato salad of course but Sweet Potato - this is all brand new to me! It looks delicious and like something I would love to try!


  8. Natasha

    This looks like a great recipe! I love sweet potato but typically like many enjoy them baked or in a pie. This gives another alternative to those. And 4 1/2 is such a sweet age. Our littlest will be turning 2 soon so right now our next to the youngest is the most talkative at 6yrs old.


  9. lavandaMichelle

    I love sweet potatoes and I want to try these recipes. Iy seems fairly easy and looks so delicious.


  10. lavandaMichelle

    I love sweet potatoes and I want to try these recipes. It seems fairly easy and looks so delicious.


  11. fashionmommy

    I love traditional potato salad, so I would definitely love to try a sweet potato version.


  12. Yuliya

    Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe (17)
    Looks amazing! I can imagine what it would taste like. I will definitely make this one.


  13. Kimberly Zahr

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    Excellent favor with all of the fresh ingredients that make this recipe a keeper for our family. Hoping to try some of the variations.
    This was definitely out of my “wheel house” and so happy I decided to make it!


    • Wendy Polisi

      I am so glad that you enjoyed it!


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe (2024)


Can you eat roasted sweet potatoes cold? ›

Are sweet potatoes a good cold (after being cooked of course)? Yes. Cubes of sweet potato would go well in borscht or chilled soup, topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Is it better to steam or roast sweet potatoes? ›

Steaming was efficient and hands-off and didn't create a lot of messy pots and pans, and sweet potatoes cooked that way became moist and fluffy and could be easily pureed. (Roasted sweet potatoes might be great as an alt-fry, but they can also become dry and fibrous.)

Why should you not refrigerate sweet potatoes? ›

It's best to keep sweet potatoes in a cool, dry area that gets good ventilation, according to the U.S. Sweet Potato Council. You really shouldn't store sweet potatoes in the fridge if you plan to eat them within a month or so, as refrigeration can bring on an unpleasant taste and a hard center.

Can you eat the skin of a roasted sweet potato? ›

You can eat sweet potato skin. It's a good source of fiber, a nutrient that may help lower the risk of heart disease and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. The next time you make a sweet potato dish, whether it's a roasted side dish or a hearty, cozy casserole, leave the peel on.

Why don't you peel potatoes for potato salad? ›

There's no reason at all, so my advice is to leave the skins on. The skin on a potato adds a nice texture and flavor to the potato salad and it's also the healthiest part.

Why does my potato salad get soggy? ›

Potatoes can retain moisture. To prevent this, drain the potatoes very well in a colander or pot. Allow all the steam to escape the potatoes before mixing them with the dressing and other ingredients.

Should you rinse potatoes in cold water after boiling for potato salad? ›

Rinsing washes off some of the starch from the potatoes so that the potato chunks are more defined and easily coated with the dressing. Rinsing the potatoes in cold water also stops the cooking process so you know exactly what texture your potatoes will be and won't risk over-cooking.

What herbs are in potato salad Ina Garten? ›

Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl and pour enough dressing over them to moisten. (As the salad sits, you may need to add more dressing.) Add the onion, tarragon and parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Can you cook potatoes for potato salad the day before? ›

Yes, potato salad gets even better if left to sit overnight in the fridge. The flavors combine and the potatoes absorb more of the seasoning/dressing, making for a more flavorful experience.

Why are roasted sweet potatoes so good? ›

The salt and pepper accent the potatoes' sweetness, creating a delectable sweet and savory flavor. I also love how the cubes puff up as they bake, becoming lightly crisp and caramelized on the outside and tender in the middle. And third, they're just so versatile.

What is the healthiest way to eat sweet potato? ›

Boiling sweet potatoes retains more beta-carotene and makes the nutrient more absorbable than other cooking methods such as baking or frying. Up to 92% of the nutrient can be retained by limiting the cook time, such as boiling in a pot with a tightly covered lid for 20 minutes.

What type of sweet potato is best for roasting? ›

Hannahs are dense, firm, and creamy, and much less prone to becoming waterlogged than orange sweet potatoes. Their firmness and dense texture makes Hannah sweet potatoes ideal for roasting in chunks, turning into fries, or mashing as a side dish.

Can you eat leftover roast potatoes cold? ›

The thing with leftover potatoes I find is that their crispy outer layer protects them, and they can be eaten the next day without much work. I'd even eat them cold.

Can you eat cooked roast potatoes cold? ›

I always sneak one off the plate and eat cold on their own with a pinch of sea salt.

Is it OK to eat a cold baked potato? ›

Cold cooked potatoes are great for your gut health because they contain resistant starch which help feed the beneficial bacteria. Once cooled the sugars in the potatoes become resistant to human digestion, but they travel through the gut to feed the microbes.

Can you refrigerate roasted sweet potatoes? ›

If your sweet potatoes are already cooked, storage is fairly simple. Put your cooked sweet potatoes in a shallow container such as a GladWare® Container or a GLAD Food Storage Zipper Gallon Bag and place in the refrigerator for short-term use. Cooked sweet potatoes can last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

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