Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

For the longest time, I was confused with sweet potatoes and yams. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t dare eat a yam. Really, the only time I ever saw them was at Thanksgiving. My mom would make a candied casserole with canned yams. She’d layer brown sugar, marshmallows, and pecans all over those yams. For some reason, it never appealed to me. 

So, when the sweet potato craze began I wasn’t about to jump on that bandwagon. I thought sweet potatoes and yams were the same vegetable. It took me a long time to even try a sweet potato, like years! Then I began to see recipes with sweet potatoes and the pictures of them looked really good. Then, I discovered that yams and sweet potatoes are not one and the same. Out the door went my association of a sweet potato with a Thanksgiving casserole. 


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

At that point, I knew I had to find out what this craze was all about. I’d seen the nutritional differences and that was reason enough for me to want to try them.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A. This comes in the form beta-carotene, which you see in their orange color.  They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. 


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

Another positive aspect of sweet potatoes is they have a low glycemic score. This means your blood sugar doesn’t rise as quickly as compared to when you eat a white potato.


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

I still remember the first time I served sweet potatoes….everyone thought they were carrots! One bite and my husband loved them. The kids loved them. We were hooked! Since then, I have been trying sweet potatoes in all different types of ways. 

This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad is one of my favorites. The potatoes are roasted with bacon, so they develop a nice caramelization and a smokey flavor. I toss these warm sweet potatoes with the bacon, green onions, and walnuts for a delicious flavor and texture combination. I love their beautiful color!  I think they are the perfect side dish for any meat. 

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 pieces uncured, natural bacon (I like Hormel)
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place diced sweet potatoes on a sheet pan lined with foil.
  3. Toss potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place bacon strips on one side of the same pan.
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
  6. Place sweet potatoes in a serving bowl.
  7. Chop bacon into small pieces; sprinkle onto potatoes.
  8. Top with green onions and walnuts. Toss to combine.
  9. Serve warm.


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  1. This salad looks wonderful! I love anything roasted!!

  2. I took a long time to try sweet potatoes, too! We just never ate them as a family growing up. I love how they are so nutritious yet, really are so tasty! This warm salad looks great and right up my alley considering where I live in Southern Ontario it’s still super freezing! This winter is really dragging on …

    • Just like me :) I love the way they taste and roasting is perfect for brig out their flavor. Stay warm, friend it’s sounding like it will be cold for a long time :/

  3. Oh yes! Love sweet potatoes and bacon! This looks like a great side dish!!!

    • Thanks Chris! These sweet potatoes turn out great. The bacon is tasty and the walnuts give it a nice crunch. It’s just delicious!

  4. Sweet potatoes are very possibly my favourite veggie, Cindy. And they go sooo well with any kind of smoked pork. I would love this, I’m sure!

    • I’m thinking you would love these too. I love these with pork. They are always the first vegetable I think to make when I’m cooking it.

  5. My whole family LOVES sweet POTATOES! Yum!

  6. I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes! I am still a little iffy on the difference between them and yams but I think I love them all. I pretty much eat one almost everyday and I particularly love Japanese yams (the purple skin kind that’s white inside)…it is so good and so hearty (not to mention sweet). I’ve been roasting sweet potatoes like you do here also and sometimes having mixing in grains in a salad. It’s all good. I bet it’s divine with that bacon!

    • The difference is clear to me now. Sweet potatoes have a reddish orange color skin and the inside is a bright orange. They are shaped similar to a potato but the ends are pointed. Yams have a brown or black skin and the inside is whitish or purple . I think yams are sweeter than sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes also have a lot of vitamin A. Those purple yams would be high in antioxidants too 😀 I’ll have to try those Japanese yams.

  7. I love roasted sweet potatoes, but I’ve never tried eating them with walnuts. That sounds like a yummy combination!

  8. This looks like such a tasty salad Cindy! Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorites and this sounds awesome with the crunchy walnuts and bacon.

  9. I hated yams growing up — they came out of a can! Sweet potatoes are my favorite now, and I would eat this salad for sure — it looks delicious, Cindy!

    • Who knows maybe if they didn’t come in a can I would have wanted to eat them. They never looked appealing. Now, I’m right with you on the sweet potatoes they are a family favorite. No leftovers when you make this salad…it’s delicious!

  10. This salad sounds delicious. And healthy too! Confession time: I still can’t tell the difference between yams and sweet potatoes when I’m at the grocery store, haha! I always have to ask the produce guy which is which. Oh dear…

    • Gotta love the produce guy 😀 I always hope things are labeled or have a little sticker that says what it is. Ha

  11. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    Sweet potatoes + bacon?? Yum – this must be one awesome salad indeed!

    • Thanks Consuelo, it truly is 😀 Since sweet potatoes soften when roasted the bacon and walnuts give the salad crunch and texture.

  12. Ohh Cindy this sounds delicious!!! Especially with the addition of bacon!

    • Thanks Jessica! Roasting the sweet potatoes with the bacon is amazing. It smelled so delicious, I couldn’t wait for it to be done!

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