Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad

March 8, 2016

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Yes, this salad has raw sweet potato in it—but before you wrinkle your nose, remember: We felt this way about kale salads not long ago. Raw sweet potatoes are crunchy and flavorful, and far from sticky-sweet, the way they can be when they're cooked. Raw sweet potato is pretty common in the raw food community, a natural place for novel ideas like this to catch on (they predicted one-ingredient banana ice cream, too). On blogs and in cookbooks, the crunchy orange starch takes the form of spiralized salads, soups, juices, and raw sweet potato pies. Adapted slightly from Whole Living (January/February 2012). Note: Although raw sweet potatoes can be eaten in a variety of ways safely, please don't get so excited about this salad that you make raw sweet potatoes a staple of your diet. In extreme cases, in the absence of other proteins, a diet based on raw sweet potatoes can be dangerous. Here's further reading. Genius Recipes

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and finely julienned into matchstick (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tart apple like Granny Smith, cored and finely julienned into matchsticks
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 radishes, finely julienned
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
In This Recipe


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, ginger, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, combine sweet potato, apple, celery, scallions, radishes, sesame seeds, and cilantro.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

piggledy March 24, 2018
I don’t know what to think about uncooked sweet potato, think there has been a grave error perpetrated upon the public - my palate is convinced, cooked sweet potatoes, yams, and yellow squash must be toxic! However, I can vouch for uncooked yellow squash, it is lovely in a salad, and lends a bit of color, as well. So, for those who are reluctant to eat uncooked sweet potato, perhaps squash would be a good substitute.
clayshapes April 23, 2016
The picture looks great...and I tried it...but raw sweet potato just tastes...raw! Didn't care for this as is - but will try again and substitute julienned carrots. Dressing is yummy.
ingridb March 29, 2016
This recipe is as great as it says it is! However it is quite difficult to julienne sweet potatoes on a standard mandolin (ie those cheap plastic ones) so it did take a really long time. Any tips on how to make that easier would be appreciated.
hardlikearmour March 16, 2016
I made this last night, but substituted sunflower seeds for the sesame seeds, and it was delicious -- Thumbs way up!
Walter B. March 14, 2016
Yes, bless you for speaking truth to kale, may its reign be subject to regulation. But, um, without the julienne finger attachment for my hand, I'm fearing about forty minutes of prep here.
cookinalong March 14, 2016
Halleluia! Does this mean our long national kale nightmare is over!? I'll try this, if only as a strike against the kale propaganda machine!
Idalu March 13, 2016
Raw sweet potatoes, hum... Thanks but no thanks.