Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad recipe – an AMAZING side dish!!! Such a great twist on traditional potato salad. Sweet potatoes, apples, pecans, raisins, celery, and green onions tossed in a brown sugar, honey, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg dressing. We love the sweet flavor of the dish. This makes a lot of food. It is great for a potluck. Everyone RAVES about this dish. Perfect addition to your holiday table!

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Healthy Sweet Potato Salad

This Sweet Potato Salad recipe has been a long time coming. Chicken Legs got this recipe a million years ago from a caterer when he had a work lunch catered. He loved the Sweet Potato Salad that the caterer served so much, that he asked her for the recipe. Luckily, she obliged! I’ve had this on my list of recipes to make forever! I finally decided to make the recipe and it was delicious! I can’t believe that I waited so long to make this delicious salad. This is a great change from our traditional potato salads. This is the perfect side dish for fall dinners and your upcoming holiday meal.

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How to Make Cold Sweet Potato Salad

This recipe is super easy to make with only a few basic ingredients. Peel sweet potatoes. Place in a large saucepot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and cook until tender. Drain the potatoes and cool. Cut potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place in a large bowl. Add dried apples, chopped pecans, raisins, diced celery, and green onions to the bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, canola oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour dressing over the sweet potato mixture and gently toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can serve the salad cold or let it come to room temperature.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I boil the sweet potatoes. You can also roast the potatoes. Cut peel sweet potatoes into chunks. Toss potatoes with olive oil and place on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Heat oven to 425ºF and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Stir the potatoes every 10 minutes.
  • Can substitute maple syrup for honey.
  • What can I add to the salad?
    • baby spinach
    • goat cheese
    • pumpkin seeds
    • red onion
    • dried cranberries
  • Can Sweeet Potato Salad be made in advance? Yes! I actually think this side dish tastes better the next day. It gives the flavors time to develop.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Sweet Potato Potato Salad

This easy recipe is a staple during the holiday season. This is the perfect side dish to go with that leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich! While this is a great holiday dish, we actually make this any time of year. This is a great recipe for summer cookouts, potlucks, or meal prep for the week. Give this a try the next time you need a different side dish. It is sure to become one of your favorite recipes too!

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Sweet Potato Salad

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Sweet Potato Salad recipe – an AMAZING side dish!!! Such a great twist on traditional potato salad. Sweet potatoes, apples, pecans, raisins, celery, and green onions tossed in a brown sugar, honey, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg dressing. We love the sweet flavor of the dish. This makes a lot of food. It is great for a potluck. Everyone RAVES about this dish. Perfect addition to your holiday table!

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • cups dried apples, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

Instructions:

  • Peel sweet potatoes. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until fork tender. Drain potatoes and cool. Dice cooked sweet potatoes and place in large bowl.
  • Add dried apples, pecans, raisins, celery and green onions to bowl with sweet potatoes.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Pour dressing over sweet potato mixture and gently toss to coat.

Notes:

  • I boil the sweet potatoes. You can also roast the potatoes. Cut peel sweet potatoes into chunks. Toss potatoes with olive oil and place on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Heat oven to 425ºF and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Stir the potatoes every 10 minutes.
  • Can substitute maple syrup for honey.
  • What can I add to the salad?
    • baby spinach
    • goat cheese
    • pumpkin seeds
    • red onion
    • dried cranberries
  • Can Sweeet Potato Salad be made in advance? Yes! I actually think this side dish tastes better the next day. It gives the flavors time to develop.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. Maybe this is a dumb question, but should this be served warm? Room temperature? Cold? Not sure what would be best. Thanks

  2. Cut up the sweet potatoes before you cook them, or you'll end up with the potatoes being mushy on the outside before they are cooked in the middle.

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