Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad

Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad - an easy fall favorite. This sweet & spicy salad is SO filling with apples, corn, roasted tomatoes, and chipotle.

Roasted Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad

This is my new favorite salad… and I don’t throw words like “favorite” or “best ever” around lightly. You may have noticed that I love roasted sweet potatoes in just about any salad (as evident herehere, and here) but this combination – with roasted tomatoes, roasted apples, corn, and a tangy/smoky chipotle dressing – was so good that I made it for dinner two nights in a row.

Roasted Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad

The first night, I made this as a lazy-girl dinner. Jack was out of town so for an easy “by myself” dinner I decided to roast the things (pictured above) that had just arrived in my Farmhouse Delivery box. I made a quick (yet super delicious!) dressing and tossed it all together with toasted pepitas for crunch.

The second night, I was so excited to recreate it for Jack because I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Am I the only person who goes to bed dreaming of things like sweet potatoes and apples?

Roasted Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato SaladRoasted Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad

In my humble opinion, this is late-summer-early-fall produce perfection. Be sure to make this while you can still find a few cherry tomatoes in season!

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Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad
 
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Serves: 2 as a meal, 4 as a side
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 large gala apple, cored and chopped
  • ¾ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 ear of fresh corn, husked
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • two handfuls of baby spinach and/or arugula
  • ¼ cup pepitas, toasted
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, optional
dressing
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle paste (or chipotle powder, to taste, see note)*
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes, apple, and tomatoes onto the baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast 30 to 35 minutes until the edges of the sweet potato are golden brown, tossing halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile wrap the ear of corn in foil and place it in oven during the last 15 minutes of roasting time.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, chipotle paste (or powder), apple cider vinegar, honey (or maple syrup), and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Place the baby spinach and/or arugula in a large bowl along with the roasted sweet potatoes, apples and tomatoes. Slice the kernels off the corn and add them to the bowl as well. Toss the salad with the dressing, toasted pepitas, and feta cheese, if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Notes
*If you're using chipotle powder, start with ½ teaspoon since the spice level can vary from one powder to the next.

You can also use adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo. The chipotle paste that I used here is very convenient because you can use small amounts at a time without opening and storing the contents of a whole can - I found it recently at Whole Foods.

 

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  1. Rachel from rachelphipps.com
    09.23.2015

    This looks delicious, and I love your new layout!

  2. This salad looks amazing!! I am going to make it next week and am already so excited to try it out!

  3. Michael
    09.23.2015

    How would this be the next day…all assembled? Dressing on side.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      09.23.2015

      Hi Michael – I saved the leftovers already dressed and they were delicious – you could keep the dressing separate if you wanted to (or at least the greens so they don’t get too wilty). It’s not the exact same on the second day – but I still enjoyed it cold or reheated 🙂

  4. Allyson from consideringtheradish.wordpress.com
    09.23.2015

    You are not the only one who goes to sleep thinking of food. This salad looks like a delicious way to usher in fall.

  5. Medeja from medejos.blogspot.com
    09.23.2015

    Apple and sweet potato is delicious combination indeed!

  6. Such a pretty salad!

    And no, you’re not the only one who goes to bed dreaming of food! Not only do I fall asleep imagining banana froyo, I wake up pondering pumpkin pancakes 🙂 Ah, the life of a food blogger!

  7. As much as I hate to admit it – I’m excited for fall and all the Honeycrisp apples. This looks so interesting with the tomatoes, apples and sweet potatoes together. I’m always up for new flavor combos so will try this out. Thanks!

  8. I’m intrigued with the flavour combination not to mention how pretty they look together. I can already see myself devouring this!

  9. Really lovely Autumn salad. Chipotle and apple cider are one of my favorite cold weather flavor combinations in a soup so I can’t wait to put it into a salad.

  10. Simone from insimoneskitchen.com
    09.25.2015

    I happen to have all ingredients for this salad in house and I’m so gonna make this for dinner. Tonight!

  11. Simone from insimoneskitchen.com
    09.25.2015

    I happen to have all ingredients for this salad in house and I’m so gonna make this for dinner. Tonight!

  12. Sam from samanthabetteridge.co.uk
    09.25.2015

    I love apples in salads but I didn’t ever think of baking them like this! I bet this tastes amazing so I’m definitely going to give it a whirl 🙂 xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  13. Spicy hot and sweet salad! Love it! Looks absolutely delicious 🙂 Pinned

  14. Absolute yum. What a terrific combination! We love chipotle powder, so I especially have to try that dressing.

  15. Anne-Josée
    09.27.2015

    Tried it and loved it! Fall in a plate!

  16. I think this would also be great with pumpkin instead of sweet potato. Here in New Zealand we use pumpkin as a savoury vegetable rather than in sweet dishes. Cheers

  17. Michelle
    09.28.2015

    Made the salad and loved the combination of ingredients. The chipotle dressing was a bit spicy for my taste, a little bit goes a LONG way. My husband preferred an oil/lemon juice dressing.

  18. Beth
    09.28.2015

    I made this the other night, and it was absolutely delicious! The combination of smokey, sweet and savory was fabulous! Making it again tonight 🙂 Thank you!

  19. I love that you roasted all of the vegetables/apples together! Finding a tasty salad combination is the best feeling, I definitely know where you’re coming from with the whole dinner for two nights in a row thing!! 😀

  20. Barb
    09.29.2015

    Made this salad this morning for my lunch-time book club … so easy, and what a crowd pleaser! I did end up going very easy on the chipotle (powder, couldn’t find paste) — about a 1/2 teaspoon provided enough flavor for me.

    • Beth
      10.02.2015

      I can confirm that, if you’re using chipotle powder rather than paste, you should reduce the amount. I went with the full 2 tsp., and it was too spicy, even for my significant other, who’s from Mexico and eats pickled jalapeños straight from the jar. Weirdly, the spice seemed to diminish rather than intensifying after a night in the fridge, but maybe we had just added the dressing unevenly. The salad was still yummy, but if I ever make it again, it won’t be with more than a half teaspoon of powder.

      • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
        10.02.2015

        thanks for the feedback, I updated the recipe with better notes about chipotle powder amounts!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      10.02.2015

      Thanks Barb! Glad you and your book club liked it 🙂

  21. Krista from thefoodanddrinkadventure.com
    09.30.2015

    This looks UNREAL. This salad will be perfect for the cottage this weekend. It’ll match the beauty of the changing leaves. Cheers!

  22. RO from intheknowwithro.blogspot.com
    10.01.2015

    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to give this one a try! Great to try something different with sweet potatoes! Hugs…Ro

  23. amsterdamveg
    09.16.2016

    we loved this so much we made it two nights in a row. the second night we added avocado (instead of feta, since i am vegan), which was a super good addition!

  24. Ioana
    02.15.2018

    So colorful and healthy. I bet it’s delicious too!!

  25. Kvp
    01.24.2019

    I made this salad tonight without the corn and it was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

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