Roasted Sweet Potato Salad


Skip the white potatoes and make this roasted sweet potato salad instead! It has chopped spinach, creamy avocado chunks, red onion and dried cranberries. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect potato salad for spring picnics and summer BBQs.

One of my favorite memories about summer as a child was all the family cookouts. My extended family has always been close, so it seemed like every weekend we were hosting or attending some sort of cookout or family function.

Bowl of roasted sweet potato salad with cranberries, onion, spinach and avocado.

Of course, these get-togethers always involved food – things like hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs and lots of side salads. Naturally, my favorite dishes were the salads… healthy pasta salad, potato salad, broccoli raisin salad, watergate salad and strawberry pretzel salad. Now you know where my love for salads comes from. 😉

Lemon, cranberries, spinach, avocado, sweet potatoes and red onion on a sheet pan.

Making Salads Healthier

Turns out, many of these “salads” aren’t really the healthiest. I mean watergate salad and strawberry pretzel salad are literally just desserts with the word salad in the name.

While I certainly enjoyed all of those salads as a kid, it never hurts to upgrade a bit. So that’s what I’ve done here. This sweet potato salad is a remake of traditional potato salad, but this version is packed with veggies (spinach, red onion and avocado), has some dried cranberries for some sweetness and there’s no real dressing — just lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which makes for a sweet and zesty salad.

The potatoes can be roasted ahead of time and once that step is done the salad comes together in a matter of minutes. It’s great served cold (or at room temp), making it perfect for BBQs, potlucks and parties.

Sweet potato chunks roasted on a sheet pan.

Why Roasted Sweet Potatoes?

Anything with roasted sweet potatoes is bound to be delicious, and this roasted sweet potato salad is no exception. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but roasting veggies brings out their natural sweetness. And sweet potatoes are such a nutrient-rich vegetable. They’re loaded with fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. In addition, the orange and purple varieties of sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals.

Side by side photo of a bowl with sweet potato salad ingredients. In one bowl the ingredients are in the bowl organized. In the second photo they are all mixed together.

Once you the sweet potatoes are roasted you simply let them cool and then toss with the spinach, red onion, dried cranberries, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and avocado. That’s it! It so simple, but so so good.

Bowl of sweet potato salad with avocado, spinach, onion and cranberries.

How to Serve and Store Sweet Potato Salad

I love serving this dish as a side for dinner with my apple cider vinegar chicken, these baked chicken tenders or grilled lemon pepper shrimp skewers. It’s great served cold or at room temp, which also makes it perfect for BBQs, potlucks and parties. One batch makes about 6 servings so if you’re making it for a potluck you may want to double the recipe.

I recommend serving this salad right away, but it you want to prep it ahead of time, you can roast the sweet potatoes and chop all the veggies up to a day in advance. After roasting, let the sweet potatoes cool and store in the fridge until you’re ready to make the salad. The avocado is best added just before serving, but leftovers of the salad will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. The avocado might turn a little brown so not the prettiest for serving to guests, but it will still taste good!

Bowl of sweet potato, avocado and spinach salad garnished with lemon wedges. A fork and napkin are beside the bowl.

More Side Salads You’ll Love

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

4 from 192 votes
This roasted sweet potato salad has chopped spinach, creamy avocado chunks, red onion and dried cranberries. Serve as a side dish with your favorite protein. 
Bowl of roasted sweet potato salad with cranberries, onion, spinach and avocado.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 10 cups sweet potatoes, about 3 large, chopped evenly into bite-size chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped very small
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 avocado, chopped in chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons hemp seeds, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Place sweet potato chunks into a large bowl and toss with oil and sea salt. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through, flipping once. Remove from oven and let the potato chunks cool. This step can be done ahead of time. Just keep the roasted potatoes in the fridge and complete step 2 the day you want to enjoy the salad.
  • While the potatoes are roasting, add the chopped spinach, onion, dried cranberries, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add cooled sweet potato chunks to the bowl and stir to combine. Gently stir in avocado and sea salt. Add ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle on hemp seeds (if using). Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. Can be eaten cold or at room temperature.
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to two days. If needed, add a splash of extra lemon juice before serving.



Serving: 1/6 of recipe (without hemp seeds) Calories: 292kcal Carbohydrates: 57g Protein: 5g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 730mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 16g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted sweet potato salad


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    1. Amber
      September 15, 2022 AT 8:20 am

      5 stars
      One of my favourite salads ever

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2022 AT 2:29 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you loved this salad, Amber. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Natashia
      September 4, 2022 AT 11:34 pm

      5 stars
      love this dish! I’ve made it twice and it’s so simple, hearty, and has lots of flavor! With some protein it’s the perfect lunch/dinner.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 6, 2022 AT 4:17 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this salad, Natashia. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Melissa
      August 18, 2022 AT 5:43 pm

      5 stars
      I made this today. I replaced the Apple cider vinegar with red wine vinegar. I added 2 avocados , I blended the red wine vinegar with the lemon juice, and added ground cilantro, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and garlic and herbs salt free seasoning! Delicous!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2022 AT 9:49 am

        YUM! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Melissa. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    4. Jessica L
      May 18, 2022 AT 12:05 pm

      5 stars
      This is quite possibly my favorite salad! I did have changes because I used what I had on hand- not a hemp seed and dried cranberry person but followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Thank you – I truly loved this salad!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2022 AT 6:11 pm

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Jessica! Thank you so much for leaving a review, I really appreciate it.

    5. Gussie
      November 17, 2021 AT 6:56 pm

      5 stars
      I made the Sweet potato salad tonight, practicing for doing it for Thanksgiving! So good! We have more vegetarians this year,so this is good for the veggie lovers and sweet potato people. I substituted Balsamic vinegar for apple cider vinegar 😃

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2021 AT 10:33 am

        Yay!! Happy to hear this sweet potato salad was a success, Gussie. Thanks for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

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