Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad

Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad
Posted On: April 6, 2016
Last updated: October 18th, 2023

This is a lighter, fresh, sweet and tangy potato salad.  The orange zest and fresh squeezed juice in the dressing balances out the sweet.  Orange pecan sweet potato salad is great vegetarian side dish for a light spring meal or healthy potato salad to compliment a BBQ.  Pecans add even more earthy flavor to one of the sweetest and healthiest root veggies around.

Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad close up serving

Zesty Side

I love the zesty and sweet combination of apple cider vinegar and orange zest in this recipe.  You’ve already got the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and some fresh orange zest with juice just adds a fresh flavor to this basic healthy side salad.

Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad with green onions and pecans

Hot or Cold Side

This side salad is made for eating cold, but if you prefer to serve it warm, it’s just as great.  It all depends on your preference or time of year.  This recipe would make for a tasty hot side dish to a salty, savory entree.  As a cold side dish, it’s great for a BBQ, a warm weather feast or just an everyday easy side dish.  Hot or cold, you really can’t go wrong with this sweet potato salad.

Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad Collage with potatoes, scale and cubed

Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad close up serving


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Orange Pecan Sweet Potato Salad

This sweet potato salad can be served hot or cold. It's a great warm weather salad or warm side salad.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 103 kcal


  • About 2 lb sweet potato peeled & cubed into 1/2" cubes

Orange Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice use the same orange you zested
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans lightly toasted
  • *optional-chopped green onion


  • Place cubed sweet potato in a pot of salted cold water covering the potatoes. Boil potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until just knife tender. (For me the cook is just right at about 10 mins at sea level)
  • While the potatoes are cooking, in a small bowl whisk together cider vinegar through orange juice.
  • Once the potatoes are done, immediately run the potatoes under cold water in a colander for at least 1/2 minute. Let drain and cool 1-2 mins.
  • Add sweet potato to mixing bowl and stir in orange dressing.
  • Once all of the potatoes are coated, gently fold in pecans and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve immediately if wanting a warm side.
  • If serving cold, chill in fridge for 1hr or freezer for 30 mins.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 389mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword cold side, sweet potato
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