The only ting missing from my Korean bbq pulled pork sandwich meal was a side and I was thinking of another summer classic, the potato salad. Given the Korean flavour theme that I had going for the rest of the meal wanted to continue it with the potato salad and I knew exactly what I wanted to do, a kimchi sweet potato salad. I figured that the sweetness of sweet potatoes would go nicely with the spicy hot kimchi. Normally potatoes for a potato salad are boiled but I always like roasting sweet potatoes and since it has been a bit cooler over the last few days I did not mind having the oven on as much. I always enjoy pairing bacon with kimchi and it looked like it would be a perfect fit in this potato salad as well. Potato salads are most commonly bound together with mayonnaise and I could not resist adding some gochujang for even more spiciness.
The kimchi and roasted sweet potato salad exceeded all of my expectations with the combination forming something much more than the sum of the parts! The spicy and creamy gochujang mayo, the crunchy kimchi, the salty bacon and the warm, sweet roasted potatoes came together to create something magical. I have to say that I enjoyed this potato salad most when it was freshly made and still warm from the potatoes roasting in the oven. I warmed the left over up in the microwave for a few seconds as well before eating them. This potato salad was the perfect finish to my Korean bbq pulled pork meal!
Kimchi Sweet Potato Salad
- 2 sweet large potatoes (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 slices bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
- 2 tablespoons gochujang
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup kimchi (drained and chopped)
- 2 green onions (sliced
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted)
- Toss the sweet potatoes in the oil.
- Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Roast the potatoes in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the potatoes are nice and tender, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the bacon, drain and set aside.
- Mix the gochujang and mayonnaise.
- Mix everything.
I'm always scouring the internet for savory sweet potato recipes and this one looks fantastic. Not a marshmallow in sight…. I love it!
This looks yummy! I have a sweet potato in my fridge and I was trying to figure out what to do with it. Where do you buy your kimchi? I live pretty close to Toronto, so if you could give me specifics that would be helpful. Can't wait to try this.
Nina Timm says
Oooo yum, there is a lot of flavorings going on there!!!
Ana Powell says
Wishing you a great weekend ♥
I'm not usually a big fan of potato salads because I detest mayo but this sweet potato one is one I could love. The kimchi is the perfect pairing for it!
Cooking with kait says
This is one of my favorite Korean side dishes. Your version looks delicious.
Chiara "Kika" Assi says
Wow, you are the king of kimchi! I love how you use it in so many different dishes to spice them up!
Looks fantastic. I love sweet potato and kimchi, so excited about this combination. I'll second Vaness' question – where do you buy your kimchi? Is there a specific brand you'd recommend?
oh kevin how you inspire me! this is just too fabulous for words. i want to make this RIGHT now!!! LOL
This looks delicious! I have a jar of kimchi in my fridge and I've been thinking of something to do with it…genius!
Kimchi and roasted potato…how brilliant! This is a must try for me!
What a dynamite and unusual combination of flavors and textures…American comfort food meets Korean kimchi spices
Wonderful! I love sweet potatoes but have been bored with my norm.
This looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it! Not sure about the mayo, if it's dif than reg mayo, I'll give it a try. 😉
Chef Aimee says
Mags has it right – so glad to see a sweet potato salad that is savory! Thanks for sharing this!
dining room tables says
The color is so appetizing! I just love it! Very attractive dish.
Wow, what a nice combination…kimchi and sweet potato…spice and sweet 🙂
Oh yum! This looks amazing!
Everithing with gochujang is good for my taste 🙂
You sure make some unusual stuff Kevin! 🙂
Hey , Vaness why ever is your sweet potato in your fridge???
Vaness: I normally make my own kimchi but when I am in a pinch I tend to pick some up at a small shop, e-mart in Korean town around the 700 block on Bloor Street West. map
Quasimime: When I buy kimchi, I normally buy from small grocers in Korea town that make their own (see above) but making your own is really easy if you can find the Korean chili pepper flakes, gochugaru.
Joanne & Gwen: This kimchi and sweet potato salad also works well with the Korean style bbq sauce if you prefer something without mayo.
hi…. i never see kimchi on my country what it is like? and hows the flavour.
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Wow another awesome creation! Love this.
Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Perfect Potato Salad Contest! It looks delicious!
I just made this without the mayonnaise and bacon, and it was pretty excellent.
Next time, I have to try making my own kimchi!
Perfect! I have a whole bag of sweet potatoes in the pantry and a large tub of kimchi in the fridge. Thanks for an ingenious recipe!
This was truly awesome…great idea. I started with a layer of finely chopped Kale then topped with the potato salad(I had green bean/chicpeas leftover-so in they went too)Sprinkled sunflower/pumkin seeds…full meal deal(love!)
This was so good,,,thx for an awesome idea! I put a base of thinly shredded kale topped with potato salad(added leftover green beans/chic peas) topped with sunflower/pumkin seeds(full meal deal.
I finally made this today. Wish that I hadn't waited so long. So good!
I just made this. The perfect combination of sweet, spicy, salty and crunch. Serving me as an entire meal. Would be a fantastic take to work meal except for your breath. Don't forget to brush after eating. LOL
Hi! Do you think you could sub sriracha for the gochujang here?
Yes you can!