Sweet Potato Salad

Did I tell y’all we bought a new grill?

We did – not The Egg, I’m sorry to say (I just couldn’t justify the cost – the damn thing is $800), but we got a decent, if inexpensive, charcoal grill with a smokebox on the side – and an obscene amount of all natural, hardwood charcoal.  (I’m sorry, but I dislike gas grills – they’re silly and defeat the purpose of barbecuing.)

Since then, we’ve been grilling and smoking our little hearts out.  And since we will be cooking a great many things on the grill, I will be posting a great many recipes for my favorite warm-weather dishes – main dishes,  side dishes and desserts.  Because I’ve already posted my barbecue sauce recipe, I thought I would give you my all-time favorite warm-weather side dish:  Sweet Potato Salad.

I’ve mentioned before, when I was posting Thanksgiving recipes, that I happen to LOVE sweet pototoes.  In fact, I think there’s very few dishes that can be made with white potatoes that aren’t better with sweet potatoes.  I was thinking along those lines a few summers back, when it occured to me that sweet potatoes would probably be quite tasty in my potato salad recipe – and I was right.  Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement – they are MARVELOUS in my potato salad recipe.

My potato salad recipe is pretty typically Southern; if you have a favorite potato salad recipe, why not try it with sweet potatoes?


Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

serves 6

5 cups peeled, cubed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 – 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

1/2 – 2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Place the cubed, peeled sweet potatoes in a large pot of cool water; bring to a boil and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, or just until fork tender.  Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until they have cooled enough to handle.  At this point, I drain them well and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper and mix well.  Gently stir in the potatoes, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately (can be refrigerated before serving if desired).

26 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Salad”

  1. OMG I. MUST. TRY. THIS! I love, Love, LOVE sweet potatoes.

    When I get my stuff we should do a meat and veggie versions thing. You make a meat version of a recipe and I make a veggie one. Want in?

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  2. I love sweet potatoes too. Do you have Trader Joe’s in Ohio? They sell frozen sweet potatoe fries that are to die for. I think they’re low calorie too. They must be because I like them so much! : )

  3. Your recipe posts always make me so hungry. Stomach is growling away over here.

    I love warm weather foods and also love sweet potatoes. Do you get the Okinawan purple sweet potatoes over there? Yummmy. Bet they would be good with this.

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  4. I love sweet potatoes! This sounds wonderful and I can hardly wait for a chance to try it out. You always make me so darn hungry! Which by the way, I am trying not to be…lol!!!

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  5. Oh my…. that sound yuuuummmmmmy!
    This is great I love to find new recipes that will knock people’s socks off and make me look like I know what I’m doing. I can’t wait to try this.

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  6. My husband has been dropping increasingly more frequent hints that we need a new grill and since we use the darn thing an average of five nights a week, year round, he thinks he needs a new one more frequently than I’d like.

    A WHOLE 1/2 cup of onion….NOOOO.

    And I can’t figure out why commentluv isn’t picking up my feed. Onions and technology…there are some days when they rank equally low on my list of favorite things.

  7. SMB – this dish may do it. The Young One won’t touch it, but he won’t touch 2/3 of what I cook, and Whacky-But-Lovable sister wouldn’t either (she’s almost as picky as TYO). But, you never know – this is really good potato salad.

    Michele – you’ll love it, I guarantee. And bring on the vegetarian recipes; even if I can’t make a non-vegetarian version, I’ll try them out!

    Linda! Hi! Where have you been? YUM, indeed.

    24 – no, no Trader Joe’s anywhere near Podunk. 🙁 I’ve bought some really good frozen sweet potato fries at my grocery store before, however…but I don’t think they were low cal. Nope, my behind says they aren’t. Oh, well.

    Pseudo – the last time we were in Hawaii, we rented a little condo on Maui with a small kitchen and I did a bit of cooking, so I got to make some of those lovely purple sweet potatoes. Alas, we cannot find them here, but I agree – they would be GREAT in my potato salad!

    SK – this potato salad is very, very good. Give it a whirl; it’s not hard to make. And it’ll keep you from being ravenous.

    Stoneskin – if you’d offered, I’d have taken you up on it. Do you do a lot of grilling over there, across the pond?

    Lori – I try very, very hard not to be hungry too. I usually fail miserably. Try the potato salad; you’ll love it. You’ve got to eat anyway – you might as well eat something really, really tasty.

    TC – you know wherefore you drool, don’t you kiddo?

    Rebecca – your friends and loved ones will be completely sockless after you serve them this. I promise.

    Tricia – wow! Y’all grill that often? All year? I’m impressed. And jealous. And the onions are completely optional in a dish like this. Tell me, are you anti-shallot and anti-leek as well?

  8. When is your cookbook coming out? I can’t believe you are giving us all this yummy goodness for free, woman! And it would be so much better to just have all this in one book, instead of printing out all these recipes and having flyaway all over the kitchen.

  9. Nanny Goat – we are taking advance deposits on the cook book. All venture capital is welcome!

    BTW – this one is one of my all time favorites! Yeah I like sweet taters, but this is one heck of a salad!

  10. Yes we do grill that often…less pans to wash. It’s true I’m anti shallot AND anti leek…except sometimes when I sneeze.

  11. oohhh….I think this sounds delicious! I love sweet potatoes but potato salad, not so much. I think I’ll try this out at the annual 4th of July party we always attend. You’re the best!

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  12. I am with you on the BBQ vs. Gas thing. I love smoking things (especially ribs) on my grill! I can’t wait to try the sweet potato salad. Have you ever tried french fried sweet potatoes? OMG, they are tasty!

  13. I’ve never acquired a taste for warmish potato salad (though I think they serve something like that on my dad’s side of the family who is German) – can you serve this right after making and it seem chilled or would you suggest refriging it for my picky tastes? Thanks for answering.

  14. Oh, I love this recipe. Now I can make it tomorrow. I’ve been trying to find just the right recipe for the day! Wonderful!

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