Rainbow Taco Salad

Rainbow Taco Salad

July is National Black Bean Month.


Do you ever feel like you are in the Chopped Kitchen?  This salad came from such an experience.  After opening the cupboard below the sink, I realized that my sweet potatoes had to be used ASAP.  However, I desperately wanted a salad.


Ted Allen stood before me and said, “Your task is to create a salad using sweet potatoes.”

I gasp.  Sweet potatoes on a salad?  Absurd!


But when you look at how beautiful this salad is, and when you taste the sweet combination of black beans, salsa, grilled onions, and sweet potatoes, you realize that putting sweet potatoes on a salad is not a bad idea.


I roasted the veggies, layered the toppings into a jar for packing my lunches, and was prepared to tackle anything that the week delivered.



  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans
  • 4 oz. white cheese
  • salsa
  • lettuce
  • Any other colorful salad toppings that you like (tomatoes, corn, spinach, black olives, blue tortilla strips, etc.)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut sweet potatoes, pepper, and onion into bite-sized pieces.
  • Coat a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.  Place potatoes, pepper, and onions in the dish.  Sprinkle with garlic and cumin.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes.
  • To assemble your salad, make a bed of lettuce on the plate.  Place the toppings on the lettuce in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
  • If you are assembling jars for later, pack the heavy ingredients at the bottoms of the jar (my order was black beans, onions, salsa, sweet potatoes, peppers).  I packaged the cheese and lettuce separately so that the lettuce wouldn’t get soggy.



p.s. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Jenny @ Apply To Face Blog. for Fiesta Friday.

4 thoughts on “Rainbow Taco Salad

  1. What a great idea.I absolutely adore roasted vegetables especially with cheese!I did something similar with Butternut Squash,Roasted Onions and Feta Cheese early this year. I love the idea of the cumin gently spicing everything too.Yum.Thankyou for linking with #FiestaFriday

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  2. Ooo Kat… cumin on sweet potatoes! why didn’t I think of that (it goes on & in everything else!)😋 How delicious this sounds and you’ve got me thinking if I ever put sweet potato in a salad!🤔I’m guessing it’s been in a buddha bowl at some point but never written down as a recipe! Thanks for linking and sharing this lovely colourful salad at Fiesta Friday this week!

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