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Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

This Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is full of flavor and perfect for your next BBQ, picnic, or everyday dinner! 

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad on A simple and healthy summer salad!

We are at my dad’s house in Illinois this week. I am ready for some R&R in the pool and my dad’s cinnamon rolls:) The perfect vacation! Don’t worry, just because we are on vacation doesn’t mean we won’t be sharing tasty recipes. We planned ahead to make sure you are well taken care of. Plus, I couldn’t wait to share this Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad. I want to eat it every single day of my life.

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Sweet potatoes are in my top 5 favorite foods of all time. Watermelon, gnocchi, avocados, and cookies are also on that list. My list may change from time to time, but sweet potatoes (and cookies) never leave the list. Sweet potatoes always hit the spot!


We have been giving our grill a killer workout this summer. Grilling is easy, doesn’t heat up the house, and I love the flavor. For this salad, I cut the sweet potatoes into slices and tossed them on the grill. Ok, I really didn’t toss them, but they would make good little frisbees:)

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I also charred an ear of corn on the grill. When the sweet potatoes and corn cooled, I cut the sweet potatoes into cubes and removed the corn kernels from the cob. I put them in a bowl and added black beans, avocado, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, and lime.

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad Recipe on Love this summer salad!

My mouth is watering just thinking about this salad! I love all of the flavors. We ate this Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad for dinner with wedges of watermelon on the side. It was the perfect summer meal. And just so you know, this salad is good cold too. I ate the leftovers straight from the fridge the next day and loved it just as much!

I might have to take a break from the pool this week to make this Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad. It needs to be in my belly!

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Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Yield: Seres 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Grilled sweet potato salad with black beans, sweet corn, red pepper, avocado, cilantro, and lime. This fresh and healthy potato salad is always a hit at summer BBQ's!


4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 ear sweet corn, husked
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red pepper, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 avocados, pit and skin removed, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato slices with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the sweet potatoes on a grill over medium heat. Cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes on each side. When the sweet potatoes are close to being done, place the ear of corn on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, rotating so the kernels get slightly charred. Let the sweet potatoes and corn cool to room temperature.

2. Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes and place in a large bowl. With a sharp knife, remove the corn kernels from the cob. Add the corn to the bowl. Stir in black beans, red pepper, green onions, cilantro, and avocado. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

Note-the salad will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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140 Responses to “Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad”

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  1. I love grilled sweet potatoes! I have never thought to make a salad out of them though. I would gobble this up in seconds! It’s gorgeous – so colorful! I’d skip the main course and eat a huge plate of this instead. It’s right up my alley :)

  2. Ashley - Baker by Nature — July 29, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    This salad is gorgeous! SO many amazing flavors… I know we’d love it! Hope you have a blast with your dad :)

  3. I love grilled sweet potatoes, so darn yummy! I love you whipped up this salad! It looks delicious!!

  4. This salad is absolutely stunning! LOVE this recipe!

  5. Cookbook Queen — July 29, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Most beautiful potato salad I’ve ever seen!! Have a blast at your dads — eat an extra cinnamon roll for me!!

  6. carrian — July 29, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    I hated sweet potatoes when I was little, and I’m still not a fan of the marshmallow casseroles unless they are made right, but this I could eat every day!

  7. Karly — July 29, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    We’re in the midst of some ridiculously cool weather for this time of year in IL! Hope you’re able to enjoy the pool without freezing!

    And I loooooove this. Grilled sweet potatoes? Count me in!

  8. Tieghan — July 29, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I could eat this every day. Mmm!! I love it and it sound delicious. These are some of my favorite flavors!

  9. sheila — July 29, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Perfect summer meal is right! Love this.

  10. Christy@SweetandSavoring — July 29, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Yum! I love all the colors in this salad, and I never would have thought to grill sweet potatoes for some reason. Good idea :)

  11. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 29, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Stunning salad, Maria!!

  12. Linda — July 29, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Not sure about this. I never eat white potatoes but get on a kick and will bake lots of sweet potatoes. Not a fan of cilantro. Might try it without that.

    Hope you are all having fun with your dad.

  13. marcie@flavorthemoments — July 29, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    This I need to make very soon! I love sweet potatoes, and I’ve been wanting to make them into a potato salad. I love everything you’ve added in here, and it’s GRILLED. YUM!

  14. naomi — July 29, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    I cant so totally do this and eat every last bite by myself, Maria. This looks great!

  15. Kelly — July 29, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Wow how stunning!! This looks incredible! :)

  16. Joshua @ Slim Palate — July 29, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Woah, grilled sweet potato? Yes, yes and more yes.

  17. HeatherChristo — July 29, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    I JUST made grilled potato salad- but SWEET potatoes are genius Maria!!

  18. Beautiful salad, Maria! We have sweet potatoes at our house about twice a week, we love them so much. Fabulous idea to incorporate grilled sweet potatoes in a salad!

  19. I adore a good sweet potato dish. I need to try my hand at this sweet potato salad-perfect for these hot summer Utah days!

  20. Katherine — July 29, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    Why have I never thought of grilling sweet potatoes?! I can’t WAIT to try this. I love your website!

  21. Beautiful! This is truly summer perfection. Have fun with your family!

  22. Erica — July 29, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    One of my friends brought a grilled sweet potato salad over on Saturday- it was so good! I love the idea. ENJOY your vacation.

  23. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 29, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Love the vibrant colors in this!!

  24. Joanne — July 29, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I love the flavors in this! All that southwestern flair is the best. I always think summer potato salads should focus more on sweet potatoes and this is just perfect!

  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 29, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I love sweet potatoes but I’ve never grilled them. Such a fab salad idea!

  26. Meagan — July 29, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I’m all about the flavors of the southwest, but never thought to include grilled sweet potatoes! And what a colorful result!! Loving this salad so much…

  27. Maria Tadic — July 29, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    I love this idea! I usually dont like sweet potatoes, b/c out of all things, I think they’re too sweet! But the char from the grill sounds like a good way of making them super savory! I can’t wait to try this!

  28. Kristy — July 29, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Love this salad! I’m so obsessed with sweet potatoes! Have fun in Illinois!

  29. Christine Szalay-Kudra — July 29, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Southern grilled sweet potatoes (well anything grilled really) sound great. Sweet potatoes are so much better than their white counter part and so much healthier too thanks for planning ahead and have a dip in the pool or two for me.


  30. Laura Dembowski — July 29, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods too :) I love sweet potato salad and this is a great spin on it!

  31. Shaina — July 29, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    YUM times a million. I absolutely love sweet potatoes and always look for new ways to use them in recipes. This is a perfect go-to party dish!

  32. Maegan @ The BakerMama — July 29, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    This looks so so amazing! Love sweet potatoes and can’t believe I’ve never put them in a potato salad for a BBQ! I can’t wait to make it!

  33. Wow – this salad looks so great! The colors – the different flavors and textures – a definite partay in the mouth :)

  34. marla — July 30, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    What a dish! Sweet Potatoes are my favorite :)

  35. Julie @ Table for Two — July 30, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    yum! this looks great! i love the bright colors and the grill char must make this dish awesome!

  36. This looks absolutely perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it!

  37. Paula — July 30, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    I have to say this salad looks wonderful. I love that it isn’t smothered in mayonnaise. I don’t like potato salad for that reason. Can’t wait to try it.

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  39. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — July 31, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    This is my kind of sweet potato salad!

  40. Karin Gravallese — July 31, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    How about using Adobo instead of salt?

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