Buttermilk Sweet Potato Salad

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Salad
Buttermilk Sweet Potato Salad. James Baigrie/Getty Images
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: serve 4-5
Ratings (5)

Sweet potatoes are quite versatile and this recipe offers an alternative to traditional potato salad. The creamy buttermilk dressing offsets the sweetness of the potatoes. Give this fantastic recipe a try at your next cookout or game day celebration.  

What You'll Need

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into inch chunks)
  • 1/2 small red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (flat leaf, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (add more for a creamier salad)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon/ salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

Peel, rinse and chop sweet potatoes.  Fill a large pot halfway full of water.  Bring to a boil.  Add salt, stir, and add sweet potato pieces to the pot. Reduce heat to medium-high, cover and let potatoes cook for 12-15 minutes. They should be fork tender but not mushy. Toward the end of cooking time, prepare an ice bath for the sweet potatoes.  Fill a large bowl up with ice and water. Using a large strainer, scoop pieces out of the pot and into an ice bath.

Let potatoes rest in the ice water for 10-12 minutes.

Chop red onion, parsley and celery as directed above. Prepare the dressing by combining mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.  Add cooled sweet potatoes, other vegetables, and parsley to bowl,  Toss well to coat. Taste and adjust for flavor.  Add more mayonnaise for a creamier potato salad. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 220
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Sodium 196 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)