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Sweet Potato Salad with Apple and Avocado

More a meal than a side dish, this potato salad gets its protein from avocado and pumpkin seeds, both good sources of essential fatty acids. Nutrient-rich corn and diced apple give it crunch. Try serving it over a bed of spinach or arugula.



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1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
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1 cup frozen corn
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¼ cup unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds or pepitas
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1 medium red apple, diced (1 cup)
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½ small onion, finely chopped (½ cup)
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¼ cup chopped cilantro
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¼ cup lime juice
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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½ avocado, finely diced


1. Place sweet potatoes in large saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook 3 minutes. Add corn, and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, or until potatoes are tender. Drain in colander and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain well.

2. Toast pumpkin seeds in dry skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until seeds begin to pop. Transfer to plate, and cool.

3. Combine apple, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in large bowl. Stir in sweet potatoes, corn, and oil, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in avocado and toasted pumpkin seeds just before serving.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
23 g
0 mg
117 mg
4 g
8 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

I made this for dinner last night. So delicious and so easy! The combination of ingredients is not anything I would have come up with on my own. I served this over arugula. We ate fresh mango and oranges on the side to round out the meal. I didn't have any pumpkin seeds so I substituted toasted walnuts instead. I might even try this with green onions rather than the regular onion next time. A winner for sure! PS - I just bought the VT cookbook "Everything Vegan" and found this recipe in there.


So delicious! I served it over mixed greens as a first course. Everyone loved it. Don't skip the pepitas--the crunch is a great addition.

Great salad. Very different from the usual "salad". I made it for a pot luck and several people asked for the recipe.

This salad turned out great. I was a little skeptical about the combo, but once the pepitas and avocado are mixed in it comes together amazingly well. I was fortunate to have 3 different kinds of sweet potato at my grocery store too! I added a shot of Bragg (I do to almost everything) and next time I think I'd add more apple, but VT's favorite recipes have yet to disappoint. This even tastes great the next day!

So delicious! A great combination of flavors and healthy, too!

I, like others, was skeptical about the ingredient combination. Sweet potatoes, apples, and avocado? Really? But it actually is quite delicious. I think it's the lime juice that pulls it all together. I didn't have pumpkin seeds to put on, but I'm sure that's what makes it truly excellent. A crunch would have been nice.

Love it! Instead of pepito, I used cashews and added dried cherries as well.

hello.I'm not a native English, so what is pepitas? dictionary did not help on this one :) thanks

Soooo yummy! I was not doubting that it would taste good, but I had no inkling that it was going to taste THAT good! I only made half the recipe, as my husband is not always helpful in eating leftovers...even when they are yummy...=-) But I won't mind hogging it all! As I have an aversion to Cilantro, BIG time, I switched to parsley as usual, and it was divine. Great recipe. High Marks! To round out my meal, I had a vegetarian sausage patty with it...

What is pepito?


@ Dagos and Brenda, pepitas are pumpkin seeds.

Delicious! Great way to get a mix of healthy fruits and veggies. I took another poster's suggestion and added dried cherries. I also substituted basil for cilantro and that seemed to work well.

I love this dish, and it really is a meal. Just be careful not to overcook the sweet potatoes and to not add the avocado until you serve; otherwise, it can turn into a mix of mush (albeit still tasty though).

Pepito = pumpkin seed. Loved this recipe, great for a picnic. I used Cortland apples because they don't brown very quickly plus sweet and crunchy.

I love this recipe! I've made it several times, and it's always a hit! I even made it for Thanksgiving last year, and added dried cranberries to the mix. Love it! The lime juice dressing is fresh, tangy and healthy at the same time!

We love this. It is a meal. I made some cold melon soup with it and they were both so refreshing. The pumpkin seeds were a great addition and I think I'll try the dried cherries.

i made this tonight in the great state of Florida :))) I used the small stronger flavored (guatemala) avocados and fresh lime juice. I LOVE the texture of it, with the corn and pumpkin seeds mixed with the softer sweet potatoes and avocado and then the apple gave it a crisp crunch. It's overwhelmingly lime/cilantro flavored but I still liked the taste. Overall pretty good, I'll make it again.

Was a big hit!! I made this for school lunch and the kids loved it, and so did my husband. I didn't have pepitas or avocados. Skipped those added roasted walnuts and spring onions instead of regular. Was really good, will definitely make it again.


awesome dish! I mostly eat veggies, fruits and grains... and live with a carnivore. This was enough that it can be my main dish, a side for her, and still have leftovers to use in other meals and/or take to lunch! I did put in less cilantro (and added salt, pepper and a little red pepper) - next time, I think I may put in some cranberries, almond slivers, and lemon AND lime juice for a multilevel flavor. I served it with a spicy southwestern chicken breast because of the carnivore. The next night, some pasta, this salad, and a homemade sauce of olive oil, spices, lime and lemon was perfect to use up a bunch of the leftovers!

I just made this recipe. It is absolutely fabulous! I was not able to find the hulled pepitos so used salted ones but it is still good and definitely worth the extra trip I made to get them. The fresh lime juice added a lot of great flavor. What an unusual mix of flavors with an amazing result. Thank you!