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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (VIDEO)

This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad has all the best flavors of Fall wrapped in one delicious salad. It’s loaded with kale, creamy sweet potatoes, crisp apple, and crunchy pecans with the best maple vinaigrette dressing. Watch the video tutorial and you’ll be craving it.

We can’t get enough of sweet potatoes in Autumn, especially for Sweet Potato Soup and classic Sweet Potato Casserole. Also, we have Sweet Potatoes and Bacon on repeat this time of year.

Roasted sweet potato salad with kale in a large salad bowl

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A platter of Kale Sweet Potato Salad looks stunning on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s also a satisfying dinner salad and you can roast the sweet potatoes ahead to meal prep. The best part? Leftover kale salad keeps really well.

Sweet Potato Salad Video Tutorial

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Up close roasted sweet potato salad with apples, pecans, kale and goat cheese

Why You’ll Love Kale Sweet Potato Salad

  • Feel-good recipe – this salad is packed with so many healthy greens and veggies, plus sweet potatoes are high in fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It’s a hearty and satisfying salad and feels like a meal in itself.
  • Make-Ahead – you can roast the sweet potatoes a day ahead and pre-chop your lettuce. Store both in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Leftovers keep well – don’t toss the leftover salad. Unlike regular green leafy salads (like remain, spinach, or arugula), a kale salad doesn’t get soggy after adding the dressing. Refrigerated leftovers taste great the next day.
  • The best dressing – you’ll love the combination of flavors in this maple vinaigrette. It has a short list of ingredients and is simple to make; just whisk or shake it up in a mason jar and you’re set.
Pouring maple vinaigrette dressing over sweet potato salad

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Salad

  • Sweet Potatoes – You’ll need 1 1/2 lbs (about 2 medium or 3 smaller sized), tossed with oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
  • Kale – 1 bunch should yield 10 cups chopped. Be sure to strip the leaves and discard the tough stem.
  • Apple – perferably crisp and sweet-tart, but any variety will do
  • Pecans – lightly toasted (you can sub with walnuts, pine nuts, shaved almonds or even pumpkin seeds).
  • Dried cranberries – add a sweet tanginess. We love to use Pomegranate seeds when in season.
  • Goat cheese – our favorite for sweet and savory salads like Berry Arugula Salad and Beet Salad.
Ingredients for sweet potato kale salad

How to cut kale for salads

  1. Strip the leaves – hold the stem with one hand and pull the leaves right off.
  2. Rinse & spin dry – transfer kale leaves to a salad spinner (in 2 batches) to rinse and spin dry.
  3. Chop – bunch or stack leaves together and slice into thin strips.

The best tool for making Kale Salad: Besides a sharp knife and a cutting board, I find that having a good salad spinner saves a ton of time and effort in making a kales salad.

step by step how to strip, rinse and dry kale leaves

How to Make Sweet Potato Salad

  1. Roast Sweet potatoespeel and chop sweet potatoes into 1/2″ thick pieces. Toss with olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Arrange on a lined baking sheet (I love my nonstick silpat) and bake until tender.
  2. Make Dressing – whisk together all of the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  3. Chop kale – strip kale leaves then rinse, dry and chop per instructions above.
  4. Toss kale – place kale in a large salad bowl, drizzle with 3/4 of the dressing and toss with 2 forks until the volume of kale has shrunk down by 1/4.
  5. Add toppings – add cooled sweet potatoes to the salad bowl then sprinkle in chopped apples, toasted pecans, dried cranberries and crumbled goat cheese.
  6. Serve – drizzle with remaining 1/4 dressing or add it to taste and enjoy.
Step by step how to make sweet potato salad

Common Questions

Is a yam the same thing as a sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes have an orange or reddish peel with an orange center. Real yams are white in the center like a russet potato and yams are not typically sold in US Grocery stores. Even though people refer to sweet potatoes as yams, they are technically not yams.

Can I substitute kale?

If you prefer not to use, kale, you can substitute with arugula, but add the dressing to taste just before serving. Baby spinach would be the next best option.

Do you have to peel a sweet potato?

This is personal preference and you can leave the skin on or peel it with a potato peeler.

Tossing sweet potato salad with salad servers

Are you craving Sweet Potato Salad yet? It really is as good as it looks, from the roasted sweet potatoes to the tasty vinaigrette.

Complete your Thanksgiving Menu

We’ve made a tradition of this salad for Thanksgiving. If you need more recipes and ideas for the biggest cooking day of the year, check out our Thanksgiving Category. We have everything from Juicy Roasted Turkey to Turkey Gravy and all the fixings. The holiday menu isn’t complete without these staples:

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

4.92 from 48 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Sweet potato salad in serving bowl
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad has all the best flavors of Fall in one delicious salad. It’s loaded with kale, roasted sweet potatoes, apple, pecans and goat cheese, then topped with the best maple vinaigrette.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: kale sweet potato salad, roasted sweet potato salad, sweet potato salad
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 376
Servings: 6 as a side salad

Ingredients

For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, (2 medium or 3 smaller sweet potatoes) 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 bunch kale, (10 cups chopped)
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, lightly toasted if desired
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, or pomegranate seeds
  • 2 oz goat cheese, (1/2 cup crumbled)

Dressing Ingredients:

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone liner. Toast pecans on a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently for a few minutes until golden and fragrant then transfer to a plate to cool.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Peel and dice sweet potatoes into 1/2” thick pieces and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper and toss to combine.

  2. Spread sweet potatoes out onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425˚F for 30 minutes, flipping the sweet potatoes after 20 minutes to promote even roasting. Remove from the oven and let cool while preparing the salad.

How to Make Salad Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl or mason jar, combine all of the ingredients for the salad dressing in the order they are listed and thoroughly whisk together until well combined. You may need to re-whisk before dressing the salad since the dressing can separate as it sits.

How to Make Kale Sweet Potato Salad:

  1. Strip the kale leaves and discard the stems. Rinse and spin dry leaves then finely chop them into thin strips and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 3/4 of the dressing. Toss for a few minutes with two forks until kale is slightly softened, evenly coated in dressing, and reduced by about 1/4 in volume. Let salad rest for 15 minutes while you add the remaining ingredients.

  2. Scatter roasted and cooled sweet potatoes over the kale then sprinkle on remaining toppings: sliced apple, toasted and cooled pecans, dried cranberries, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle the top with the remaining 1/4 of the dressing or add to taste then enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 519mg23%
Potassium 526mg15%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 17158IU343%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Linda
    December 1, 2021

    Made this for a dinner party I had last week and it was a hit!! So delicious and healthy! Just substituted feta cheese for the goat cheese. Though I love goat cheese, I wasn’t sure if others did as well. The flavors of this salad blend so well together. It was perfect! Thank you!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 1, 2021

      I’m so happy this was a hit, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Michael Ruiz
    November 27, 2021

    I made this salad for Thanksgiving dinner. Was a hit!!!!!! Got many compliments for it! Never tried goat cheese before, but took your advice Natasha. Was skeptical about my making the dressing, cause I thought I’d screw it up. But was easy enough and they liked it. Guess I know what I’ll be bringing to next years Thanksgiving dinner!!Thank you Natasha!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Michael! Happy Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  • Christine
    November 27, 2021

    Yummy!! Made this for Thanksgiving gathering at my son and daughter in law home. Everyone (at least those willing to eat green things 🤣) loved this recipe. Definitely making again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2021

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Christine!

      Reply

  • sonnchris4
    November 26, 2021

    Delicious, tasty salad. So flavorful & the dressing is amazing!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Arya
    November 22, 2021

    DELISH!! ps this was my only ever successful homemade salad dressing! THANK YOU!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2021

      Very nice and great job!

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    November 21, 2021

    The second I saw your video for this I immediately texted myself the ingredients to pick up at the grocery store. Made this tonight and it was OUTSTANDING! I could eat this salad EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!!! The key is to slice the kale super thin—like extremely thin. It is scrumptious! I also added Zen Basil Seeds which added a little crunch. SO excited to make it again tomorrow!!! Thank you! xo, Jennifer

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 22, 2021

      That’s awesome feedback, Jennifer. Thank you so much!

      Reply

  • Kelly
    November 21, 2021

    Love this salad! The flavor combinations are deeelish. I subbed walnuts for the pecans and used gala apples because that’s what I had on hand. Also added garlic to the sweet potatoes bc I minced way too much garlic for the dressing and didn’t want to just toss it. Everything was yummy and it got high praise from my man.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 22, 2021

      I’m glad you loved this recipe, Kelly. Thank you for the review!

      Reply

  • Sharon
    November 20, 2021

    I was skeptical about the kale, but it was wilted nicely. And I am not a fan of goat cheese, but it totally was delicious in this salad. I will be making this for the holidays! Thank you!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 20, 2021

      It’s the perfect holiday salad! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sharon!

      Reply

  • J Crews
    November 17, 2021

    Does this salad hold up over night? Can I prep it the night before for an early meeting or will it be wilted like a regular salad? Also do you toss it before serving or just leave it all on top?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 17, 2021

      Hello there, you can roast the sweet potatoes a day ahead and pre-chop your lettuce. Store both in the refrigerator until ready to use. You may toss it before serving too!

      Reply

  • Sally Gierl
    November 16, 2021

    This is my new favorite salad! I love the combination of flavors. It is very filling and a great meatless option.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2021

      That’s so great! I’m happy to hear you have a new favorite, Sally!

      Reply

  • Shirley Forsha
    November 15, 2021

    Hi Natasha,

    I made your roasted sweet potato kale salad last night, and I have to say it was the best salad I’ve ever had! The flavors are amazing. Thanks for such a great recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 15, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Shirley!

      Reply

  • Beck & Bulow
    November 13, 2021

    Best sweet potato I’ve ever made. I usually over cook potatos but haven’t as yet. Simple to make!!! and please visit us.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2021

      I’m happy you enjoyed this sweet potato recipe! Thank you for your lovely review!

      Reply

  • Annie
    November 10, 2021

    This was delicious. We will definitely be making it again and again. Thank you! My family loves your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2021

      That is the best when the family love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • KN
    November 9, 2021

    This was absolutely delicious! I made it as written but substituted feta cheese. My daughter requested that I pack the leftovers in her school lunch. Highly recommend!

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    • Natasha
      November 9, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear you and your daughter loved the salad and leftovers do keep so well for lunch the next day. Thanks for sharing that you loved it with Feta cheese.

      Reply

  • Jean Nishio-Chan
    November 8, 2021

    What can be substituted for sweet potatoes? Can butternut squash be ok as substitution?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      Hi Jean, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. I think it will work but it will be a different recipe. Please share with us how it goes if you do an experiment.

      Reply

  • Tammy
    November 8, 2021

    Hi, Can I use other greens? We really don’t loke kale.
    Can it work with lettuce?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      Hi Tammy, we love it with Kalt but you can try spinach or another favorite green to see how you like that.

      Reply

      • Shantelle Brungardt
        November 8, 2021

        This was an amazing salad!! I swapped out sweet potato for butternut squash added red onion and chicken apple sausage!!!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 8, 2021

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Shantelle! I’m happy you enjoyed it!

          Reply

  • Tania
    November 7, 2021

    Hi please What is a good substitute for maple syrup? Are there any other options

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      I think honey or agave nectar will work.

      Reply

  • Lucy
    November 7, 2021

    This salad looks good. What would work for a nut-free version?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      Hi Lucy, you can omit them!

      Reply

  • Charity Smith
    November 7, 2021

    Wow, this was so delicious, and very satisfying. I was hesitant about using goat cheese because I don’t care for it. Was going to use feta, but I’m glad I didn’t. It was perfect. Thanks for this fantastic healthy recipe!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2021

      You are so welcome, Charity. Great to hear that the recipe was a success!

      Reply

  • Jodi
    November 7, 2021

    I don’t like kale as it rates bitter. Is there another green leaf lettuce that will work in this recipe?
    Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2021

      If you prefer not to use, kale, you can substitute with arugula, but add the dressing to taste just before serving. Baby spinach would be the next best option.

      Reply

      • MT
        December 4, 2021

        My family doesn’t usually like kale either BUT they love this salad, I especially like that the kale doesn’t get wilted like other lettuces.. and we love the goat cheese, its gets creamy. Try it!!

        Reply

  • Erika
    November 6, 2021

    I’m not a fan of goat cheese. What other cheese would work well with this salad?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2021

      Hi Erika, Feta should work well too.

      Reply

  • Antoinette Monaghan
    November 6, 2021

    I love this recipe. The colours are wonderful and it has made me use kale! Love all your recipies!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Gerald Estes
    November 6, 2021

    Your winter salad says sweet potato’s, those are NOT sweet potato’s. They are Yams and do not tasty the same. I suggest if your working with food you know about the food your talking about..

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    • Donna
      November 10, 2021

      My God, no reason to be nasty or sarcastic. You could just let her know in a nice way. CHILL!

      Reply

    • AC
      November 14, 2021

      Maybe you should spell check before you post a nasty comment, (Tasty the same). So rude over a yam and sweet potato. Geez.

      Reply

    • Nadia
      November 19, 2021

      Can I substitute goat cheese with different one? We just not fan of goat cheese. Which one would you recommend?
      Thank you,

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 20, 2021

        Hi Nadia, feta is a great substitution for goat cheese. I hope you love this recipe!

        Reply

    • Melanie
      November 21, 2021

      Yes, they are sweet potatoes. You should google yams vs. sweet potatoes.

      Reply

    • Renee Holder
      November 23, 2021

      Before you criticize this lady, please learn how to properly use an apostrophe. You meant to use the plural. Correct? And you have also spelled the noun incorrectly. Potatoes is what you meant.

      Reply

  • Tanya
    November 6, 2021

    I love your broccoli apple salad and making it at least once a week. Looking forward to try this one as it’s filled with so much of goodness, beauty and love!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe also, Tanya!

      Reply

  • LYNDA MORRIS
    November 6, 2021

    If taking this salad to a pot luck party, how to keep the apples from turning brown? and would I wait to add dressing at the time of serving?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2021

      You can roast the sweet potatoes a day ahead and pre-chop your lettuce. Store both in the refrigerator until ready to use. You can prepare the apples on the same day you’ll serve the salad. I would recommend adding the dressing last.

      Reply

  • Kristen Mullaney
    November 6, 2021

    I can’t wait to try this for Thanksgiving Dinner!! Where did you get your beautiful salad bowl?

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  • Cristina T
    November 6, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I am a big fan of yours and tried many of your recipes, but I have started lately a plant-based diet. Therefore, what do you suggest to replace the goat cheese with?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2021

      Hello Cristina, thanks for your support. I haven’t tried any vegan substitute, I only know that feta cheese is a good one to use but I haven’t tried anything else to advise.

      Reply

  • Christie
    November 6, 2021

    How would this work with Feta instead of Goats Cheese ? I just like the flavor better.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      Hi Christie, I bet that would work here!

      Reply

  • J. D.
    November 5, 2021

    I normally don’t like kale, but this recipe works for me! Double the dressing recipe, then use a stick-blender to make sure the garlic is mixed well with the other ingredients. Just a suggestion.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Toni
    November 5, 2021

    I love everything about this salad! Packed full of flavors and really easy to make!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Toni!

      Reply

  • Anna
    November 5, 2021

    I am obsessed with this salad! I could eat it every day and never get bored of it. Simple but so delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      We love simple and delicious recipes! I’m glad you loved it too!

      Reply

  • Lily
    November 5, 2021

    I loved this salad it screams fall and is filled with so many nutrients! I’m taking some for lunch for work tomorrow!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      I hope you love it, Lily! Thank you for your excellent review!

      Reply

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