Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This sweet and savory take on traditional potato salad is my go-to barbeque potluck contribution. I used to make this salad with parboiled sweet potatoes, but one day I decided to roast them instead and have never looked back!  This salad is also great alongside fried chicken or on a soulful vegetarian plate. Keep the potatoes separate from the dressing until right before serving - I prefer this salad warm but it is just as delicious at room temperature.


2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/2 inch thick and and cut into moons

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1  teaspoon ground paprika

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne

Pinch of fine kosher salt

Ground pepper to taste

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 clove garlic, pressed or minced very fine

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons chopped scallions, white and green parts


1. Preheat the oven 425F. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl toss together the sweet potatoes with 1/4 cup of the olive oil, paprika, coriander, cumin, and cayenne.  Spread out the potatoes in a single layer on the paper-lined baking sheet and place in the oven.  After about 20 minutes, shake the pan a little, and rotate the pan before returning to the oven. Roast for another 10-15 minutes.

3. While the potatoes are roasting, whisk together the remaining olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and pinch of salt.  Stir in the chives and cilantro.

4. Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl.  When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing all over and  toss gently.