Creamy and indulgent yellow yam salad recipe with a blend of vegan mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, celery, red onion, and herbs. Change things up and bring this delicious salad to the next potluck, or holiday get-together.

Yellow Yam photo and sweet potato

What Is Yellow Yam

Yams, perennial vines with starchy edible tubers, grow in temperate and subtropical regions of the world, including the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

There are many varieties of yams with different colors and textures, ranging in color from white, ivory, yellow, pink and purple. Yellow yam is one of the popular varieties grown in Jamaica,

Yam is of the plant species in the genus Dioscorea not to be confused with the variety of the vegetable of the genus Ipomoea batata called yam (sweet potato) in the United States. Although they are both tubers they are not related. 

Yellow yam has a rough dark brown skin with bright yellow flesh, the yellow flesh is usually boiled or roasted. Read More About Yellow Yam.

Where To Buy Yellow Yam

Yellow yam can be purchased here in the United States in Caribbean grocers or some major supermarkets and even Walmart. The white-fleshed yam is more popular and can be substituted in this recipe.  

Yellow Yam Health Benefits

Yams, considered complex carbohydrates with soluble fiber, are perfect for diabetics as they allow the slow release of sugar.

They are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, like B1, B6, folic acid, riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, and niacin. Additionally, it is a rich source of potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.

How To Store Jamaican Yellow Yam

Store yam in a cool, dry place if freshly harvested, or keep it in the refrigerator. Additionally, I have peeled, washed, chopped, and stored yam uncooked in freezer bags for at least 3 months

Yellow Yam Salad

How To Prepare Yellow Yam Salad

  1. First, bring water to a boil in a large pot, then add yellow yam and cook until fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.Drain yellow yam and rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine mayonaise, relish, celery, onion, celery seed, garlic powder, dill and salt in a bowl. Add to yellow yam and stir to combine.
  3. Keep refrigerated.

Other Jamaican Recipes To Try

Other Nightshade Free Recipes

  1. Pickled Green Banana Salad
  2. Vegan Carrot Raisin Salad
  3. Cucumber Avocado Salad

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Yellow Yam salad in a beige bowl

Yellow Yam Salad

This yellow yam salad is an amazing alternative to traditional potato salad it is easy to prepare and healthy. It is vegan, gluten-free and dairy free.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Yellow yam salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 serving
Calories: 438kcal



  • 2 pounds yellow yam peeled and diced
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise I used Just Mayo
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 celery chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Bring water to boil in a large pot, add yellow yam and cook until fork tender about 10-15 minutes. Drain yellow yam and rinse with cold water.
  • Combine mayonaise, relish, celery, onion, celery seed, garlic powder, dill and salt in a bowl. Add to yellow yam and stir to combine.
  • Keep refrigerated.


Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 1275mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg