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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon boasts a tangy maple syrup-based dressing for a zesty kick and spicy diced jalapeno peppers to create a perfect sweet and savory balance. If you can peel and dice, you’ve mastered the hardest step in making this simple yet sensational side dish — so let’s get cooking!

With just a handful of ingredients, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad is the perfect side dish for any summer meal.

Bring this tasty recipe with a unique twist to your next gathering, potluck, or summer BBQ — it is a sure win crowd-pleaser!

Why you’ll love this simple recipe!

  • Not-Your-Ordinary Potato Salad. Have this tasty recipe handy when you need a break from mayo-based classic potato salad.
  • Healthy Alternative. Sweet potatoes are super nutritious, containing several valuable vitamins and minerals, and the no-mayo dressing cuts a good chunk of the calories and excessive fat content.
  • Subtle Heat. Spice up your summer days with this potato salad recipe that includes vibrant jalapeno peppers for a bit of a kick.
ingredients for sweet potato salad on a table.

Key ingredients & substitutions for Easy Sweet Potato Salad

  • Sweet potatoes | Instead of the standard gold or red potatoes used for potato salads, this recipe uses large orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into one-inch cubes. 
  • Oil | Toss the potatoes in quality olive oil for roasting. If preferred, use avocado oil or another mild-flavored oil.
  • Bacon | Mix in freshly fried and crumbled bacon. If necessary, use pre-packaged bacon bits found in the salad aisle of your local grocery store. However, fresh bacon will be far more flavorful. Use turkey bacon for a healthier alternative.
  • Jalapeno pepper | Add a hint of spice with half a seeded and diced jalapeno pepper. For extra heat, leave some or all of the fiery seeds.
  • Green onions | Bring a light onion flavor with two sliced green onions. If preferred, replace them with red onions with a more distinctive and robust taste. Chives or leeks are some other excellent substitutes.

Dressing

  • Maple syrup | Perfect for the natural sweetness of the potatoes, maple syrup is the star of the show for this yummy potato salad dressing. If you aren’t a fan of classic maple syrup, swap the ingredient out for your favorite brand of honey.
  • Vinegar | Mix the syrup with tangy red wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will also do the trick.
  • Dijon mustard | I like to use Trader Joe’s stone-ground Dijon mustard, but any Dijon mustard works in this recipe.
  • Seasonings | Round out the dressing flavor with kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, and smoked paprika.
  • Oil | Finally, drizzle the dressing with olive oil to thin it out so it completely and easily coats the salad ingredients.

How to make Sweet Potato Salad with tangy dressing

TIP: Smaller sweet potatoes are easier to peel, and cutting smaller sweet potato cubes will shave off a few minutes of the cooking time!

STEP 1 | Preheat oven and season potatoes

process steps for roasting sweet potatoes; maple vinaigrette in a bowl on a table.

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. After chopping them into bite-sized pieces, place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat evenly.

STEP 2 | Roast sweet potatoes

Next, pour the potatoes onto a large baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until fork-tender.

tips

  • It may help to line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent the potatoes from sticking and make for easier cleanup.
  • It’s best to mix the recipe while the potatoes are still warm so the dressing easily coats the salad ingredients.

STEP 3 | Prepare the vinaigrette

While the potatoes are roasting, combine the dressing ingredients.

Start by whisking the maple syrup, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika until smooth. Then, slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly, until the dressing is emulsified.

STEP 4 | Combine salad ingredients

Roasted sweet potatoes in a bowl with vinaigrette being poured on top for sweet potato salad.

Transfer the roasted sweet potatoes to a large bowl and add bacon, jalapeño, and green onions, tossing gently to combine.

tips

  • If you want to include more of your favorite ingredients in this tasty potato salad, add feta cheese, creamy goat cheese, baby arugula, pomegranate seeds, red bell pepper, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or red onion.
  • Consider leaving the potato salad in the refrigerator overnight. While serving it fresh is delicious, this is also a great recipe to serve the next day!

STEP 5 | Toss with dressing and serve!

Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes and toss gently until fully coated. Finally,  serve this delicious sweet potato salad right away or chill it to serve later. Enjoy!

a platter of sweet potato salad garnished with fresh parsley with a serving spoon.

Frequently asked questions

How long does sweet potato salad last?

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days. Serve the recipe cold or warm by reheating it in the microwave or for a few minutes on the stovetop over medium heat.

Are sweet potatoes healthier than regular potatoes?

Many believe sweet potatoes are the healthier of the two. However, this isn’t completely true. Sweet potatoes have numerous health benefits that differ from russet or gold potatoes.

The primary difference is which minerals and vitamins sweet potatoes have more of, like Vitamins A and E, Calcium, and more.  Standard potatoes also have great nutritional value but differ from the less common sweet potatoes.

Do you have to peel sweet potatoes before you eat them?

Not at all. Sweet potato skins are perfectly safe to consume and, in fact, contain several health benefits. Most prefer their potatoes to be skinned when in a potato salad, but leaving the skins on can produce additional texture and added nutritional value.

a serving of sweet potato salad in a small white bowl on a table.

Serving suggestions

This is the perfect salad to serve with flavorful Orange Mustard Glazed Pork Chops and these easy Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with a hint of earthy bitterness to balance the sweeter notes. Then, top off the night with this Old-Fashioned Southern Sweet Potato PieDelish!

For even more ideas, check out this collection of the 30 Best Dishes to Serve with Potato Salad — there are plenty of great recipes there!

Looking for more hearty salads?

If you’re craving something a little different from ordinary potato salad recipes, try my Southern Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans, this Zesty Spaghetti Pasta Salad with McCormick Salad Supreme, or my fantastic Santa Fe Rice Salad!

a platter of sweet potato salad garnished with fresh parsley sitting on a table with a linen napkin.

Behind the recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Russet, red, and Yukon gold potatoes may be the more popular choices in modern times, but did you know the sweet potato came first?

Researchers estimate sweet potatoes were first cultivated around 2000 BCE. Early civilizations in Peru grew the crop as a staple in their diet, and Christopher Columbus eventually introduced them to Europe in the 15th century many years later.

Tracking the history of the sweet potato has proven a bit challenging, as they were referred to as ‘potatoes’ until American colonists started to call them sweet potatoes to differentiate them from the white Irish potatoes.

While other potato varieties have become more commonly consumed in the U.S., sweet potatoes are still a favorite for some and are used in holiday dishes, desserts, entrees, and more!

a serving of sweet potato salad in a small white bowl on a table.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon

SWEET and SPICY! Sweet Potato Salad gets spice from diced fresh jalapeño and sweetness from a simple maple syrup vinaigrette.
3.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Vegetables & Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 384 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 slices bacon fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 green onions sliced

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place sweet potatoes into a large bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Pour the potatoes onto a large baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  • Transfer the roasted potatoes to a large bowl and add bacon, jalapeño, and green onions, tossing gently.
  • Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes and toss gently until coated. Serve immediately or chill to serve later.

Maple Vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the maple syrup, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly, until the dressing is emulsified.

Notes

  • It may help to line the baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the potatoes from sticking and make for easier cleanup.
  • It’s best to mix the recipe while the potatoes are still warm so the dressing easily coats the salad ingredients.
  • If you want to include more of your favorite ingredients in this tasty potato salad, add feta cheese, creamy goat cheese, baby arugula, pomegranate seeds, red bell pepper, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or red onion.
  • Consider leaving the potato salad in the refrigerator overnight. While serving it fresh is delicious, this is also a great recipe to serve the next day!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 835mgFiber: 7gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 32260IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword bacon, roasted vegetables, salad, sweet potatoes
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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