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Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans

Sweet potato salad with pecans

This simple sweet potato salad, developed by Ginny Messina, is a great choice when you want something a little different for a picnic or potluck. It’s also a wonderful addition to fall and winter holiday meals. From Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet,* copyright © Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Serves: 8

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the sweet potatoes, and cook until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. (Watch to be sure they don’t become too soft.) Allow the sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature.

Toss the sweet potatoes with the celery, red bell pepper, pineapple, and scallions in a large bowl.

Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a small bowl. Fold the dressing into the sweet potato mixture. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Before serving, toast the pecans in a skillet, over medium heat, for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or heat-resistant spatula to prevent them from burning. Fold the pecans into the sweet potato salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.

sweet potato salad recipe with pecans

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  • Reply
    luanne jones
    April 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm


    This looks so good!! I’m wondering if there is something that could be used instead of the Pineapple.. my daughter is allergic to them.

    • Reply
      April 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Luanne, I think a crisp apple might be nice, too.

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    luanne jones
    April 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Ahhhh!! Great Idea, thank you so much, will try that.

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    Sadhna Grover
    May 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Looking very nice, I will try, I love different types of salads.

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