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Welcome to your new favorite dish – a single serving Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad. This recipe is a game changer for anyone who loves a good blend of sweet and savory flavors. Imagine tender sweet potatoes, mixed with hearty black beans, all tossed in a zesty dressing. It’s not just a salad; it’s a vibrant, flavorful meal that’s both nutritious and filling. Perfect for lunch, dinner, or even as a substantial side, this salad is easy to whip up and packs a punch of flavors.

Explore our delicious range of single serving sweet potato recipes! From crispy Sweet Potato Fries to creamy Sweet Potato Casserole, and the rich, flavorful Sweet Potato Pie, there’s something for every taste.

Why You’ll Love This Sweet Potato And Black Bean Salad Recipe

  1. Effortless to Make: This recipe is all about simplicity. Roast, mix, and enjoy – it’s that easy!
  2. Nutrient-Rich: Packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins, it’s a meal that’s as healthy as it is delicious.
  3. Perfectly Portioned: Designed for a single serving, it’s ideal for a quick and satisfying meal without leftovers.
  4. Customizable: Easily adaptable to your taste preferences and dietary needs.
  5. Great for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a busy weekday lunch or a relaxed weekend dinner, this salad fits the bill.

Ingredients

Ingredients in a black bean salad with sweet potatoes on a kitchen counter.

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  • Sweet Potato: A great source of fiber and vitamins. If you’ve got an extra sweet potato, consider using it to make a sheet pan chicken and vegetables meal. Substitute with butternut squash for a different flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Used for roasting. Can be swapped with avocado oil.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Adds a tangy sweetness. Apple cider vinegar is a good alternative.
  • Dried Rosemary: For an aromatic touch. Thyme can be used as a substitute.
  • Garlic Powder: For a hint of garlic. Fresh minced garlic can be used for a stronger flavor.
  • Kosher Salt: I reach for Diamond Crystal kosher salt in this sweet potato recipe and in all of our recipes because it dissolves quickly and enhances flavors without packing too much punch. This particular brand tends to be less salty than other kosher salts, and its slightly larger flakes mean you’re less likely to oversalt if you’re substituting a different brand. If you do use a denser, finer kosher salt like Morton’s, remember to adjust the amount slightly – start with about ¾ of the quantity called for and taste as you go.
  • Black Pepper: Enhances the overall taste.
  • Black Beans: Adds protein and fiber. Try kidney beans for a variation. If you’ve got leftover black beans, use them in Baked Black Bean Tacos, Southwestern Black Bean Soup, or Vegetarian Enchiladas.
  • Green Onions: For a mild onion flavor. Red onions can be used for a sharper taste.
  • Goat Cheese: Adds creaminess. Feta cheese is a great alternative. Got extra goat cheese? Use it to make a small batch of Goat Cheese Dressing.

Recipe Variations

This single serve Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad is wonderfully adaptable. Here are some ideas to switch things up:

  • Add a Protein Punch: For a more substantial meal, mix in cooked chicken or pan-seared tofu cubes. The added protein transforms the salad into a more filling entrée.
  • Mexican-Inspired Twist: Stir in some chopped avocado, a handful of fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Top with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of cotija cheese for an authentic Mexican flair.
  • Mediterranean Makeover: Incorporate chopped Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
  • Warm Autumn Salad: Roast additional vegetables like brussels sprouts or red bell peppers along with the sweet potatoes. Toss with a maple-mustard dressing similar to the one found in our Roasted Salmon recipe and top with toasted pecans for a cozy, autumn-inspired variation.
  • Spicy and Sweet Combo: Add a kick with some diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
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How To Make A Sweet Potato And Black Bean Salad

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 425°F (220°C), getting it ready for roasting.
Cubed sweet potatoes tossed with olive oil and seasonings on a rimmed baking sheet.
  1. Prepare Sweet Potatoes: Spread sweet potato cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast them in the oven for 25 minutes until tender and golden.
dressing for a sweet potato salad with black beans.
  1. Create the Dressing: In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk these ingredients together for a flavorful dressing.
black beans tossed with a vinaigrette in a small bowl.
  1. Mix with Black Beans: Add black beans to the bowl with the dressing. Toss everything well to ensure the beans are thoroughly coated.
roasted sweet potatoes and black beans tossed in a vinaigrette in a mixing bowl.
  1. Combine with Sweet Potatoes: After roasting, add the sweet potatoes to the bowl. Gently stir them with the black beans and dressing.
a sweet potato and black bean salad on a white plate topped with goat cheese and green onions.
  1. Serve with Toppings: Place the salad on a serving plate. Garnish with sliced green onions and crumbled goat cheese for a perfect finish.

Expert Tips

  • Roasting Perfection: Cut the sweet potato into even cubes for uniform cooking.
  • Dressing Balance: Adjust the vinegar and oil ratio to suit your taste preference.
  • Flavor Boost: Let the salad sit for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld together.

Serving Suggestions

Before we dive into the serving ideas, remember that this warm sweet potato salad is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a substantial side, here are some ways to enjoy it:

  • On a Bed of Greens: Elevate this salad by serving it over a bed of fresh mixed greens or baby spinach. The leafy greens add a crunchy texture and increase the nutritional value.
  • With Grains: For a heartier meal, serve it alongside or mixed with cooked quinoa, brown rice, or farro. These grains complement the flavors and add a wholesome element to the dish.
  • As A Wrap: Spoon the salad into a tortilla for a convenient and portable lunch option. Add some lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese for an extra layer of flavor.
  • With Eggs: Top the salad with a poached or soft-boiled egg. The runny yolk creates a rich and creamy dressing-like addition, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Dip It: Mash the salad slightly and use it as a unique and flavorful dip with pita chips, tortilla chips, or veggie sticks. It’s perfect for snacking or as an appetizer.
  • Avocado Love: Add some slices of avocado or a dollop of guacamole on top for a creamy, rich texture and a boost of healthy fats.
  • Toast Topping: Spread this salad over a slice of toasted French bread or artisan bread for a delightful open-faced sandwich, ideal for a quick and satisfying meal.
a forked holding roasted sweet potatoes and black beans over a plate of black bean salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a sweet potato and black bean salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can prep the components ahead and toss them together when ready to eat.

What can I use instead of goat cheese in this warm sweet potato and black bean salad?

Feta or cream cheese works well as a substitute.

Can I add meat to this sweet potato and black bean salad?

Absolutely! Grilled or baked chicken or bacon bits make great additions.

Is this sweet potato and black bean salad gluten-free?

Yes, it’s naturally gluten-free.

Can I double this sweet potato salad recipe?

Yes, just double or triple the ingredient amounts.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Sweet Potato And Black Bean Salad For One

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Create a delightful Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad in just a few simple steps. A perfect, nutritious single serving meal that's easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 medium sweet potato (approximately 8 ounces, peeled and cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt , divided (I recommend using Diamond Crystal brand)
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup canned black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese (about 1 ounce)

Instructions 

  • Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 425°F (220°C), getting it ready for roasting.
  • Prepare Sweet Potatoes: Spread sweet potato cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt. Roast them in the oven for 25 minutes until tender and golden.
  • Create the Dressing: In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried rosemary, garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt, and black pepper. Whisk these ingredients together for a flavorful dressing.
  • Mix with Black Beans: Add black beans to the bowl with the dressing. Toss everything well to ensure the beans are thoroughly coated.
  • Combine with Sweet Potatoes: After roasting, add the sweet potatoes to the bowl. Gently stir them with the black beans and dressing.
  • Serve with Toppings: Place the salad on a serving plate. Garnish with sliced green onions and crumbled goat cheese for a perfect finish.

Notes

  • Roasting Perfection: Cut the sweet potato into even cubes for uniform cooking.
  • Dressing Balance: Adjust the vinegar and oil ratio to suit your taste preference.
  • Flavor Boost: Let the salad sit for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld together.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 599kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 490mg, Potassium: 1036mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 32066IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 101mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 Comments

  1. I loved the sweetness of the roasted sweet potatoes with a little feta cheese. I just didn’t make enough for leftovers the first time. Great recipe!

  2. Not my normal fare but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome (sub’d red onion)! It will definitely be a repeat in my steadily increasing ODK repertoire–thank you!

  3. A definite keeper! I used kabocha squash and feta cheese as I already had them on hand. It was fast, easy, filling, and very good. Recipe has been added to my meal rotations. Thank you so much!

    1. I have a Costco near me and I really like their balsamic vinegar under the Kirkland name. I have also used Pompeian and Alessi brands.

  4. Just made this a few minutes ago. It looks and tastes very good. My vegetarian daughter is preparing rice to put with it and will also add avocado chunks. It’s a keeper.