I’m starting to hit that phase of summer where everything feels fleeting and urgent and I realize that I’m far behind my seasonal quota of patio sitting, potlucking, and eating side dishes for dinner. My pick: Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon.

The BEST Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon! Easy, healthy recipe with no mayo. The zippy dressing makes this similar to German potato salad, but even better. Paleo and gluten free.

This colorful, zippy salad is the ideal addition to your summer spread.

It stand outs from the crowd, and I’m betting you’ve never had a potato salad quite like it.

Bucket list recipe, right here.

While plain-old potato salad often lets me down (with the rare exception of this Healthy Potato Salad), sweet potato salad makes my taste buds sing.

For a roasted sweet potato salad, this Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Salad is my squeeze and a meal prep super star.

When I’m looking to please a crowd, however, it’s this Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon all the way.

This vibrant and healthy sweet potato salad recipe has no mayo, replacing it with a lively jalapeno mustard dressing.

A shower of crispy bacon and crunchy celery combined with the golden, tender sweet potato chunks give this salad different textural dimensions.

A light sprinkle of green onions adds a subtle but important bite that will leave you craving more.

Lovers of German potato salad with its grainy mustard dressing (as well as all lovers of bacon and all lovers of sweet potatoes) will be especially enamored with this simple but surprisingly flavorful sweet potato salad recipe.

The BEST Sweet Potato Salad recipe — with bacon, crunchy veggies, and a zippy mustard dressing. Easy to make, perfect for picnics and barbecues, and I never have any leftovers! Gluten free and dairy free.

About Healthy Sweet Potato Salad

I first made this cold sweet potato salad a few years ago, and it’s become one of my favorite sides to bring to summer get togethers.

It’s memorable, easy to make, and someone always asks me for the recipe.

Easy and healthy Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon. Serve hot or cold. Paleo, gluten free, and no mayo!

How to Store This Salad

  • To Store. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I’ve enjoyed this sweet potato salad cold, at room temperature, and even warmed up as a side at dinner.

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The BEST Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon! Easy, healthy recipe with no mayo. The zippy dressing makes this similar to German potato salad, but even better. Paleo and gluten free.

Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon

5 from 12 votes
An easy and healthy sweet potato salad recipe with bacon and zippy mustard dressing. Fantastic flavor! No mayo, Paleo friendly, and great for potlucks.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

For the sweet potato salad:

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon cooked*
  • 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks (I do a rough 3/4 inch, but you can do any size you like)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery hearts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions

For the mustard dressing:

  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced**
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons  rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large bot of salted water to a boil, then add the sweet potatoes. Simmer just until fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes depending upon the size of your potato chunks. Drain, gently and quickly rinse with cold water, then set aside.
  • If necessary, cook the bacon according to one of my easy methods listed below. Once cool, crumble it into a large bowl. Add the celery and green onions.
  • Prepare the mustard dressing: In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the jalapeno (or fresno chile), mustard, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the sweet potatoes to the bowl with the bacon, drizzle with the dressing, then toss gently to combine. Taste and season with additional salt/pepper as desired. Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature.

Notes

  • I’ve enjoyed this sweet potato salad cold, at room temperature, and even warmed up as a side at dinner. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • *Easy bacon cooking methods: Air Fryer Bacon and Oven Baked Bacon.
  • **The original recipe calls for a red Fresno chili. I was unable to find one, and swapped a seeded jalapeño. It was delicious!
  • Recipe shared with permission from Pure Delicious

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

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  1. Hi Erin, I’m trying this for the first time today. The recipe calls for 3 large sweet potatoes, once they’re cubed, how do they measure? How many cups? I’m cutting this recipe in half. Thank you! Lorri

    1. Hi Lorri, I’ve not measured the amount of sweet potatoes in cups, so it would be hard to say. This really is a forgiving recipe so if you are halving, I would use two medium sweet potatoes. Hope you enjoy it!

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