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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is bumped up with creamy Feta Cheese, and this is a perfect meatless salad when you want something that’s a bit special!  

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I haven’t always been a big fan of sweet potatoes. In fact I only started liking them after I realized they had lots of recipe possibilities besides the brown-sugar-and-marshmallow topped sweet potato casserole I’d known as a kid.

I’m not sure where I got the idea for this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad but grilling thick slices of sweet potatoes and using them in a potato salad with vinaigrette dressing, green onions, Feta, basil and thyme, created a salad that was so good, and leftovers were tasty, even after a few days in the fridge. It took me two tries to come up with a combination that seemed just right but we loved the final version of this salad!

If you live in the U.S., the red sweet potatoes I use in this recipe may well be called “yams” or “sweet yams” in your grocery store, but they are really orange-flesh sweet potatoes! Many people are confused about the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, but you can refer your store’s produce guy to Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams at The Library of Congress if they don’t believe you! 


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How to Make Grilled Sweet Potato Salad:

(This is just a summary of the steps; full recipe below.

  1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into slices about 3/4 inch thick.
  2. I used a purchased vinaigrette to brush the sweet potatoes before grilling and to toss with the salad. Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) is my favorite low-sugar dressings for grilling vegetables; use any low-sugar vinaigrette you prefer.
  3. Put the sweet potato slices on a baking sheet, then brush both sides with dressing and season with sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Grill the sweet potatoes about 4-5 minutes on first side, then rotate and cook 3-4 minutes on this side. (You can skip the rotating if you don’t care about grill marks.)
  5. Then flip sweet potato slices over and grill 7-8 minutes more on the second side, for a total of 15-20 minutes grilling time. Actual grilling time will depend on the temperature of your grill, and I started checking with a fork after about 12 minutes, and moved the sweet potatoes off the grill as they got tender.
  6. Let sweet potato slices cool for a few minutes, then cut them into cubes and put in salad bowl.
  7. Add the sliced green onions, thin basil strips, and chopped fresh thyme and gently combine with sweet potatoes. Then use as much of the second 1/4 cup of dressing as you need to moisten the salad (you may not need all the dressing.)
  8. Gently stir in the crumbled feta, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve salad at room temperature.

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Make it a Meal:

This would be delicious with Pinto Bean Salad for a meatless summer meal!

More Tasty Sweet Potato Side Dishes You Might Like:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion with Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
One Pot Green Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale ~ Rachel Cooks
Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes ~ Pressure Cooking Today

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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is delicious with the creamy Feta Cheese, basil, thyme, green onion, and a flavorful vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 2 large orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (see notes)
  • 1/2 C purchased vinaigrette dressing, divided
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 T thin chiffonade strips of basil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 C crumbled Feta (or more)

Instructions

  1. Preheat gas or charcoal barbecue grill to medium-high heat. (You can hold your hand there about 3 seconds at that heat.)
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into slices about 3/4 inch thick.
  3. Lay slices on a cookie sheet, then measure 1/4 cup vinaigrette and brush each side of sweet potatoes with dressing, seasoning each side with salt and freshly ground black pepper after you brush on the dressing.
  4. Grill the sweet potato slices, cooking about 4-5 minutes on first side, then rotating to cook 3-4 minutes on that side.
  5. When you have nice grill marks on the first side (or when sweet potatoes are getting dark on that side) flip the sweet potatoes over and cook about 7-8 minutes more on the second side, or until sweet potatoes feel tender when pierced with a fork.
  6. Total grilling time will be about 15-20 minutes, but I started taking them off the grill as they felt done, and the larger pieces took more time.
  7. Let grilled sweet potato slices cool for 10-15 minutes, then cut into cubes and place in salad bowl.
  8. Add sliced green onions, chiffonade basil strips, and chopped thyme and gently combine with sweet potatoes.
  9. Stir in the other 1/4 cup of vinaigrette, using as much as you need to moisten the salad (you may not need all the dressing, depending on how wet you like your salads.)
  10. Gently stir in the crumbled feta, season salad with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and serve salad at room temperature.

Notes

You need close to 2 lbs. sweet potatoes. The  orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be called yams in some stores. I used Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link), use dressing with less than 3 grams of sugar per serving.I had a small container of leftover salad that was in the fridge for 2 days, and it still tasted great, but you may not have any leftovers!

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Basil, Thyme, and Feta would be a great side dish for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, and it’s also low-glycemic and gluten-free. If you want less carb, use some grilled zucchini to replace some of the sweet potatoes, but the recipe as written is definitely not low in carbs.

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    37 Comments on “Grilled Sweet Potato Salad”

  1. Oh my goodness. Gimme!

  2. I made a similar salad last week, but haven't had time to post it:) I will have to try your version soon.

  3. This is such a nice combination of sweet and salty from the grilled caramelized potatoes and the feta. Sounds like a perfect summer salad!

  4. Yum! This would be perfect with my lemon thyme that I planted this year! I often grill sweet potatoes and then toss with lime juice & cilantro then serve over quinoa that is mixed with pinto beans, chipotle, & lime vinaigrette! Yum!

  5. I have never grilled sweet potatoes before – what a great idea to bring out their deep, rich flavor. And the grill marks look pretty cool, too!

  6. Our mothers must have made sweet potatoes the same way – with marshmallows! Mine even put pineapple in hers once. So I grew up hating sweet potatoes. Now I can't get enough. I've been known to bake a sweet potato and have it for dinner, all on its own.
    What you've done here is splendid, Kalyn. It's already on my weekend menu!

  7. Kalyn, this sounds lovely. I have a sweet potato salad that is paired with blue cheese, but the potatoes are not roasted. I'm curious to see how the taste might change. Your recipe looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Babs, I think coarsely grated parmesan would be good.

  9. This sounds like a great idea for sweet potatos but we don't like feta or gorgonzola. But making it with no cheese doesn't sound as interesting. Maybe a milder cheese would work?

  10. I really wasn't a sweet potato fan until I started eating healthier foods and now I can't get enough! Love this salad. Sweet potato and feta…nice combination!

  11. I loathed the sweet potato / marshmallow thing….
    Love sweet potatoes, though. We'll start seeing them again in late summer – time to try them on the barbecue – I love this salad!

  12. today i use sweet potato too, but i fried it, not too healthy version. Your look healthy and refreshing.

  13. I'm glad people are liking this! It's funny because I saw a Grilled Potato Salad from Bobby Flay in today's Parade Magazine.

    Julia, no special reason I used store-bought vinaigrette except I like that dressing and I knew it would be good with the basil. You can certainly make your own dressing if you prefer.

  14. I am wondering, is there a reason why you used store-bought vinaigrette, as opposed to homemade dressing?

  15. I think I might try this for my husband. He insists he doesn't like sweet potatoes (yams) but I think this recipe will maybe convince him.

  16. Sweet potato salad would be a heart healthy alternative to classic potato salad.

  17. This recipe is going to the top of my list, Kalyn! Wonderful combination of herbs. I have tried grilling sweet potatoes several times in the past and always had great results – the flavor is irresistible.

  18. This looks delicious! My herbs are going crazy right now, I think I'll have to try this! Thanks Kalyn, it looks delicious, as always!

  19. Brilliant! I would never have thought to pair sweet potatoes and basil.

  20. I love this! I tried a similar one (from Bobby Flay, I think) and it was good, but a little too tangy for my liking. This looks right up my alley,though! Especially with the addition of the feta!