Spicy Sweet Potato Salad + Ginger Dressing

Sweet potato, kale, and ginger come together to make the best salad you’ll ever have!

This post comes from our blog intern, Monica!

October is here and that means sweet potato season is in full swing. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods – full of vitamins and fiber, delicious no matter if they’re seasoned sweet or savory. They exude autumn, being a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners and emitting that bright orange color that makes you think of a crisp, October day. Not only do I love sweet potatoes, I’m a sucker for salad. After a little experimenting, mixing sweet potatoes and salad with a variety of flavors, I decided to try my hand at making a homemade ginger dressing. Let me just say: it was a BIG hit.

The three unique flavors of sweet potato, kale and ginger came together in such an unexpected way, complementing one another to create a complexity and character unlike any salad I’ve had before. Since making it (and promptly devouring it) I’ve not stopped craving the zesty freshness of love at first bite. Once you make this salad, you’re guaranteed to make it again and again!

Step 1: Cook your sweet potatoes

1 large sweet potato
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Set your oven to 350˙F, cube your sweet potato and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle the cubes with olive oil and seasonings and bake for about 12 minutes. Let your sweet potatoes cool before you toss them into the salad.


Step 2: Make the ginger dressing!

½ cup diced onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup chopped carrots
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon agave
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil

While your sweet potatoes cool, it’s time to make the best part of the salad — the dressing! Add all of the ingredients in your blender and liquefy. The dressing does tend to separate so, if you aren’t eating it right away, be sure to stir or shake it up before the next use.

IMG_0737IMG_0687Step 3: Make the salad!

chopped kale
red onions
purple cabbage
dried cranberries
feta cheese
sliced almonds
*Feel free to get creative–you don’t have to have all of these things to make a fantastic spicy ginger salad!

IMG_0715Step 4: Toss it all together
Add the dressing and sweet potatoes to the salad and, voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious salad.


More recipe ideas from the BLDG 25 blog!

+How do you prepare your favorite salads? 

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4 years ago

I’ve always wondered how to give a sweet potato a different twist, and your salad sounds just like the right thing! Thanks for the recipe!


4 years ago

where’s thw recipe?

4 years ago
4 years ago

Oh wow, that looks so delicious! <3

4 years ago

It looks yumm! I will try this salad to make at home. Thanks for sharing this healthy snaks!

4 years ago

This look so great! Sweet potatoes are my fav + so good for you!
Keep Dreaming, Bethany

4 years ago
4 years ago

Dear Free People,

Stop using the word “Asian” to describe a salad. Not only are you marginalizing Asian culture down to a few ingredients, it’s extremely disrespectful!! There’s nothing asian about that salad. It does not originate from any kind of asian culture.

4 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Ana – Thank you for reading and for bringing this oversight to our attention, the title and all usage of that particular word has been edited.

4 years ago

Hi fp Julie,

Thank you for listening to and being sensitive to readers such as Ana. I appreciate that you deleted the sweeping generalization and replaced it with appetizing, accurate description! This salad looks so delicious, I will definitely be saving this recipe for later.

4 years ago

I’m Chinese and not offended by the word Asian to describe a salad. Almost every restaurant in America has a so called “Asian” dish that doesn’t accurately represent Asian culture, from pizzas to hamburgers to salads. I was drawn to this recipe because it looks delicious. I love all of the fresh chopped vegetables, especially the roasted sweet potatoes. I would say the dressing IS Asian inspired with garlic, soy sauce, ginger & rice vinegar. Happy day to you and all of your readers.

4 years ago

The salad is looking very good. My mouth is watering after seeing such delightful things . Thanks for sharing such delicious and yummy delight.

4 years ago

This looks like husband material! Thanks for sharing! ;)

This look so great! Thanks for sharing it.

3 years ago

delicious food . good pictures

John Peter
3 years ago

Delicious food. Same kind of dish I have tried in one dubai hotel that was very tasty. Moreover, that hotel achieved HACCP Certification in Dubai. So, I have more confidence and trust about their quality of food.

Thanks for sharing!

2 years ago

Nice article

2 years ago

Interesting article

2 years ago

Nice post. Keep sharing.

1 year ago

Interesting Food , I Love Cooking, keep sharing.

1 year ago

Yum. it looks so delicious.

1 year ago

Looks delicious and worth to try next weekend.

1 year ago

It really looks so yummy.

1 year ago

It looks yumm! his look so great! Sweet potatoes are my fav + so good for you!
Keep Dreaming.
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It really looks yummy and healthy. Nice article for people who worry about health and wellness plus healthy food. Thanks for sharing

1 year ago

amazing food