Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad — This roasted sweet potato salad is tossed in a honey Dijon dressing. The sweet and savory flavors of this potato salad are to die for! 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad in blue serving dish

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

I’ve never been a fan of traditional potato salad. Mushy, mayo-ey, too monotone white carby, and just not my thing. But this sweet potato salad puts ‘potato salad’ in a whole new light. I love sweet potatoes, and there’s so many other goodies in this fast and easy recipe with Mexican-inspired flavors.

There’s texture and crunch from red peppers and green onions, black beans add heartiness, corn adds sweetness and juiciness, and there’s the fresh pop of cilantro. Feel free to work in avocado, red onion, or other favorites. You can even use this roasted sweet potato salad as a filling for enchiladas, tacos, or wraps.

Everything is tossed with a honey Dijon mustard sauce that’s sweet, tangy, and bright with a little bit of a kick from the cayenne I used, but it’s optional. It’s naturally gluten-free and if you use agave rather than honey it’s vegan.

The sweet potato salad can be served warm, at room temp, or chilled, and it gets better the day after making it because the flavors marry.

It’s a perfect clean-eating dinner and the leftovers work great in lunchboxes. It’ll be a favorite at your next picnic or potluck and since there’s no mayo it’s great for warmer months.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad recipe

What’s in Sweet Potato Salad? 

For this sweet potato salad recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Black beans
  • Green onions
  • Bell pepper
  • Corn
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Honey 
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Cayenne pepper

How to Make Sweet Potato Salad

You’ll first need to roast the sweet potatoes (more on that in a moment), and while the sweet potatoes are roasting you should prep the rest of the ingredients. Add the black beans, green onions, red pepper, corn, and cilantro to a large bowl and set aside. 

Then, whisk together the honey Dijon dressing in a separate bowl. Once roasted, add the sweet potatoes to the bowl with the veggies and toss everything together with the dressing. Taste the sweet potato salad and adjust seasonings as needed. 

You can serve this roasted sweet potato warm, or let the flavors mingle in the fridge for a few hours before serving chilled. 

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes 

Don’t often roast sweet potatoes? Don’t worry, it’s really easy! You’ll first need to preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray and add the diced sweet potatoes in an even layer. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake until fork-tender and done.

Halfway through baking, flip potatoes to ensure even cooking. The exacct baking time will vary based on the size of your potatoes, and I recommend starting to check at 30 minutes for doneness. 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad - Goodbye mayo-loaded, mushy, boring potato salad. Hello to a Mexican-inspired potato salad full of flavor and texture with corn, black beans, peppers, and cilantro!! (Great for outdoor events and lunchboxes because there's no mayo!)

Can I Use Another Type of Mustard in the Dressing? 

Most likely, yes. I prefer Dijon mustard because it has a deeper flavor than your average yellow mustard, but you’re welcome to use whatever mustard you have on hand. 

Can I Add in Other Veggies? 

Of course! You can doctor up this roasted sweet potato salad however you see fit. 

Tips for Making Sweet Potato Salad

It’s important that you cut the sweet potatoes into roughly the same size chunks, otherwise your sweet potatoes will cook at an uneven rate. Obviously, each piece won’t be exactly the same size, but do your best! 

For a slightly different take on this sweet potato salad, you can use lime juice in the dressing instead of lemon juice. It’s a subtle change, but it does make a difference! 

I used frozen, thawed corn in my sweet potato salad, but if you have fresh sweet corn on hand definitely use that instead. You can cut the sweet corn off the cob and you don’t even have to cook it. It’s incredibly sweet and juicy straight off the cob. 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad - Goodbye mayo-loaded, mushy, boring potato salad. Hello to a Mexican-inspired potato salad full of flavor and texture with corn, black beans, peppers, and cilantro!! (Great for outdoor events and lunchboxes because there's no mayo!)

Want to know how to make sweet potato salad? Watch the video: 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

This roasted sweet potato salad is tossed in a honey Dijon dressing. The sweet and savory flavors of this potato salad are to die for!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • about 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 jumbo), washed, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced (use the white and green)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 cup corn (I use frozen that I allowed to thaw)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, minced (about half of 1 bunch)

Honey Dijon Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (lime juice may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray and add the sweet potatoes in an even, flat layer. Evenly drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake for about 45 minutes, or until fork-tender and done. Halfway through baking flip potatoes to ensure even cooking. Baking time will vary based on size of potatoes, oven and climate variances, and I recommend starting to check at 30 minutes for doneness. While potatoes bake, prep and chop the remaining ingredients.
    2. To a large bowl, add the black beans, green onions, red pepper, corn, cilantro; set aside.
    3. To a large measuring cup or medium bowl, add the honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, optional cayenne pepper, and whisk to combine; set aside.
    4. After potatoes are cooked, add them to the bowl with the beans and vegetables, add the sauce, and toss to combine. Taste, check for seasoning balance (add more salt, pepper, touch of honey, lemon juice, etc.), make any necessary tweaks, and serve.

Notes

Potato salad can be served warm, at room temp, or chilled and will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1133mg Carbohydrates: 71g Fiber: 15g Sugar: 21g Protein: 13g

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105 comments on “Roasted Sweet Potato Salad”

  1. I just made your sweet potato salad, and it’s incredible! I followed your instructions to the letter (I used lime juice instead of lemon, because I love lime with my southwest flavors!), and can’t wait to eat this in my lunches this week!

    Rating: 5
  2. I made your delicious sweet potato salad and it was a hit with my family and friends. Thanks

    Rating: 5
  3. Was looking for a recipe to use ingredients I had on hand instead of going to the grocery store. Luckily I had everything I needed for this. It is delicious. Will definitely make again. Just wish I could Pin this though..

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad you had everything on hand!

      You can pin easily…there are buttons on all the top left hand corners of every photo if you hover over it with your mouse.

  4. Yum! Works as a vego meal or a side with meat

    Rating: 5
  5. My new favorite salad!!!!! I used sweet potato but looks like you used yams. I roasted them until just golden, used tri-color bells but everything else the same. My husbands poker pals devoured this. I have to make it again so I can get some! Very easy and super super good.

    Rating: 5
  6. The honey mustard dressing so delicious. Love this salad!!

    Rating: 5
  7. This is a fabulous alternative to regular potato salad. Having family members who eat gluten free….this is the picnic request I’m always asked to make. Very tasty.

    Rating: 5

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