Southwestern Sweet Potato Corn Salad

Sweet potatoes don’t seem to get near enough attention compared to their cousins, regular potatoes of many different colors.  I don’t know why either.  Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and are filled with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.  They are considered low glycemic and help, maintain blood sugar levels.  They are high in fiber, which helps with weight control.   And they are actually considered to be a super food.  Plus, they just taste really good.  So why wouldn’t people want to eat them more?  I don’t have the answer to that.  But I love sweet potatoes and try to incorporate them into our diet on a fairly regular basis.

When I made my Southwestern pork chops with the chiptole-peanut butter sauce,  Simple Southwestern Pork Chops I wanted a Southwestern side dish to accompany them.  My Southwestern sweet potato corn salad was a perfect match.  It’s sweet and spicy and cool and refreshing all at the same time.


Southwestern Sweet Potato Corn Salad


1 large red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded

1 large jalapeno, roasted, peeled and seeded

3 lbs sweet potatoes, cubed

1 cup mayonnaise

3 TBSP hot honey mustard

1-2 tsp Tabasco sauce, or to taste

salt & pepper to taste

1 lb corn

1/2 cup green onions, sliced thin

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped fine

toasted pepitas, optional


Roast the bell pepper and jalapeno, either on an  flame or in the oven until they are completely blackened and charred.  Place them in a plastic bag to let them sweat, then peel away the charred skin.  Roasting Peppers



Cook the sweet potatoes until they are soft and tender, then drain and let cool.

As your sweet potatoes and peppers are cooling, make your sauce by blending all the other ingredients together well.


Mix in the sweet potatoes, jalapeno, bell pepper and corn, and voila!  You now have a Southwestern potato salad.  Let chill for at least a couple of hours before serving, to let all the flavors really blend in together and pop.  I also topped mine with a few toasted pepita seeds.

I used my Sweet Heat Honey Mustard Bread and Jam which really brought the sauce to life.  Also, for salads I always use frozen corn vs. fresh corn on the cob.  I love corn on the cob, but for consistency’s sake, I find the frozen corn is best.


Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.




Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

22 thoughts on “Southwestern Sweet Potato Corn Salad”

  1. WOW, Jeanne! I’m not kidding at all I love sweet potatoes and bake them a few times a week to have with chicken dinners or seafood dishes I make as well; but I never had sweet potato corn salad! That sounds like an awesome way to serve them up and what a great combo of ingredients and I love them all having a real taste for honey mustard! That presentation looks mouthwatering and I want to dive into the bowl!!! I could see having big mounds of this on just about any of my main course meals I cook for dinner!!! Thank you for this humdinger of a new way to have my sweet potatoes….. 😉 👍 🇺🇸 🙏 🙏

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      1. Heck yeah!!!! Making me think more like a cowboy too! South Western dishes do that to me fa-sure, maybe like John Wayne or some range rider posse hero like that, but I’m not big enough to be him and he always said this town ain’t big enough for the two of us! I’d just agree and say, I’ll be on my way! I’m average dude; I didn’t even have any buddies growing up like John Wayne! 🙂 You’re right I will enjoy this recipe! Thank you Jeanne!

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      2. 🙂 AWWW shucks, now you make me blush! I could too if I had been born much longer ago and followed through on the acting intention at the studios; but I sure do like to dream of those riding off into the sunset scenes in the old classic Westerns with or without the Duke! I used to do a pretty decent impression of him saying, “Well listen here pilgrim, this town isn’t big enough for the two of us, see!” 😂😂😂 I might scare somebody talking like that, right…😜😉 Probably myself!!! 🤣 Hey it was either my Duke impression or Rocky, “Heeey Adriane- ya gotta have a good watch if you wanna hava good time!!!” 😜🤣😉👍

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    1. Hey there “Jeanne in The Kitchen,” you’ve got quite the imagination in more ways than one because besides the great chef talent you apparently have a huge sense of humor or can see things I can’t which would make you one helluva film director; and a great ones knows how to make his or her stars look good, so that ride off into the sunset could work out after all!!! 😉👍

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      1. Necessity is the Mother of invention; so you’d have to be in that situation, and as they say, that’s a horse of a different color! Now me, being around many siblings I tended to have an imagination just to try entertaining or outsmarting at times! I guess by default we both had to keep on our toes for somewhat different reasons, but for the same end result! Keep those laughs coming! 😂😂😂

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