Sweet Potato Salad



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This sweet potato salad is a tasty side dish featuring roasted sweet potatoes, creamy avocado chunks, chopped spinach, red onion and dried cranberries. It’s the perfect side for parties, potlucks and holiday dinners.

If you love sweet potatoes and want to find the perfect sweet potato salad, look no further. This one tastes amazing and it’s really easy to whip up!

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.

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

Why You’ll Love This Salad

  • It’s vegan, gluten-free and really tasty.
  • Makes the perfect easy side salad.
  • Such a great way to serve roasted sweet potatoes.
Lemon, cranberries, spinach, avocado, sweet potatoes and red onion on a sheet pan.

Sweet Potato Salad Ingredients

  • sweet potatoes
  • spinach
  • red onion, chopped very small
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • dried cranberries
  • avocado
  • avocado oil, sea salt and pepper

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.

How to Make This Salad

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

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.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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. 
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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted sweet potato salad
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  1. 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. So glad you enjoyed this salad, Natashia. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    1. 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. I loved this salad! It is definitely joining my go to salads as I love roasted sweet potato in a salad.

    If you like a sweeter dressing like I do, add some olive oil and honey to to the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. It came out great.

    We had some tehina sitting around and it was a fabulous dressing as well for this salad.

    1. YUMM! I am so glad you are loving this recipe, Elle. It is one of my favorites! Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

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