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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

By aggieskitchen |

I’m convinced you can grill pretty much any vegetable and make it taste good, or even better than good. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies and I got it in my head one day that I wanted to make salad out of them. When I went searching for a sweet potato salad recipe I was so pleased to come across this grilled version from Epicurous. Grilled sweet potato salad…why not?

I first made this salad a couple of summers ago and it has since then made an appearance on my table quite a few times. I’ve served it alongside spicy jerk chicken wings, one of husband’s favorites. It’s a nice way to change things up in the side dish department and its unique and pretty presentation makes it a great addition to any cookout. The way it’s prepared is so fresh and healthy and the naturally sweet flavor of the potatoes really shines alongside the lime, cumin and green onions.

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
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2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2-3 scallions, sliced diagonally
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
lime wedges
handful chopped cilantro

Add your sweet potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with cold salted water by 1 inch. Bring to a simmer, covered, and cook until just tender, about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on size of potatoes. Place potatoes in a a colander and run under cold water to cool. With a sharp knife peel potatoes and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

In a small bowl whisk together oil, salt, and cumin and brush some onto both sides of potato slices, reserving remaining cumin oil.

Preheat your grill. Grill potato slices on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side, and transfer with tongs to a platter. Sprinkle green onion over grilled potatoes. Whisk lime juice into remaining cumin oil with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle over potatoes. Serve potato salad with additional lime wedges and chopped cilantro if desired.

Updated: I just wanted to note to keep an eye on your potatoes as they are boiling, you want them firm and not too soft. But you want to parboil them enough to take the bite out of them so they aren’t completely raw on the grill.

Also, according to one of the reviews on epicurious, the potatoes can be boiled and sliced ahead of time and grilled later.

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Aggie Goodman was a regular contributor to Babble's Family Kitchen. Her staples included some gorgeous dishes — like salmon with tropical fruit salsa or a kicked-up cucumber salad — as well as behind-the-scenes looks at what goes into making them. More of her recipes can be found on her personal blog, Aggie's Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read aggieskitchen's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

  1. brooklynsupper says:

    Yum, this salad looks delicious!

    1. aggieskitchen says:

      thanks! :)

  2. Marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    LOVE the idea of this SP salad!!

    1. aggieskitchen says:

      It’s such a nice change from a regular potato salad isn’t it? The flavor is awesome!

  3. This sounds great! You just reminded me that I had grilled sweet potatoes at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix and they were amazing. I definitely need to try this at home.

    1. aggieskitchen says:

      how did they serve their grilled potatoes? I recently grilled them in wedges with lemon, olive oil & thyme…so good!

  4. Jamie says:

    I love this and so good for you too!

  5. Lindsay Frye says:

    I blogged on these here:

    They were absolutely delicious!!!

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