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 plate

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 rolls๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad in bowl

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!

sweet potatoes on grill

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:)

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad on Love this summer salad!

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.

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!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with black beans, corn, avocado, red pepper, and cilantro in bowl

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

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!
5 from 6 votes


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ear sweet corn, husked
  • 15 ounces 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


The salad will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.


Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 1144mg, Fiber: 16g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 22224IU, Vitamin C: 37mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 3mg

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This salad is gorgeous! SO many amazing flavors… I know we’d love it! Hope you have a blast with your dad ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

  8. Yum! I love all the colors in this salad, and I never would have thought to grill sweet potatoes for some reason. Good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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…

  17. 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!

  18. 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.


  19. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love sweet potato salad and this is a great spin on it!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. Wow – this salad looks so great! The colors – the different flavors and textures – a definite partay in the mouth ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  24. 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.

  25. What a very colorful pictures. I am still new in blogworld to document recipes for my kids. I am gathering inspiration from you. thanks.

  26. Made this for dinner last night and loved it. I try to incorporate GF, vegan recipes into my diet from time to time, but this was the first one my boyfriend also really loved. Will definitely make this again!

  27. This looks fabulous! i have seen a few sweet potato salad recipes, but love the idea of grilling them first! Will definitely be making this soon!

  28. Wow, this was delicious! For apartment-dwellers like me: a George Foreman grill will get the potatoes/corn done just fine.

  29. This looks and sounds amazing! Adding to my ‘must-try’ list — and we’ve been giving our grill a killer workout too this summer ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hugs!

  30. I want to make this salad. It looks so good. However, I HATE peeling sweet potatoes. Do you have a trick or do it differently than me? They are so much harder to peel than white potatoes and I grow so tired of it so quickly Please share any tips!

  31. This looks fantastic! I do a grilled veggie dish that has sweet potatoes in it, and I am really looking forward to this! Haven’t eaten a white potato in 3 years (nope, not even a french fry), so…yay! potato salad!!

  32. I made this today — so so pretty! The only changes I made were: swap the cilantro for parsley because my mom doesn’t like the former and I added two tablespoons of olive oil to the dressing for a bit of creaminess. A beautiful salad and I’ll make it again.

  33. Hello! I write a weekly post on my blog called the Weekend Wrap-Up, where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved this recipe so much – it’s full of some of my favorite ingredients! – that I featured it in this week’s post! I wanted to thank you for such a great post and have included the link to the wrap-up in case you’re interested. Enjoy your weekend!

  34. I was making seafood chiles rellenos for supper and was looking for a new side dish…when I came upon this recipe. The colors caught my eye first of all and then the ingredients listed sweet potatoes and black beans and corn.

    What could be more Mexican than that? I resisted the urge to add some Mexican spices to the salad and was glad I did. The flavors of this salad are outstanding as listed and no other spices are needed. Plus, then the Mexican flavors of the chiles rellenos could shine all by themselves.

    This was the PERFECT accompaniment for my chiles rellenos…soooo good!!!

    The only thing I did differently is use a honey lime dressing instead of just lime juice to pour over the salad.

    Thx for a great recipe.

  35. This salad is awesome! So easy to alter based on what you have… I add some jalapeno to step up the spice a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. This was sooo good! We devoured it with no leftovers. Thanks for an awesome recipe! I’m adding this to my rotation ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. This looks super delicious, I am going to try to make it next week! I also LOVE sweet potatoes but here in Bermuda we cannot always get them so they are an extra special treat. I am also a huge gnocchi and avocado fan …cookies too secretly! Thank you for sharing.

  38. Mine was a bit different since I didn’t have any tomatoes and black beans on hand. Also, had to use up some hot dogs so threw those in too. Instead an outside grill, cooked everything using a cast iron skillet. excellent recipe!

  39. I made this last night and it was a huge hit. I loved that it didn’t have any dressing and it was still very flavorful!

  40. I made this and love it to bits. I’m not much of a salad person usually but this suits me perfectly.

  41. OK, really dumb question. I live in an apartment and don’t have access to a grill, other than a George Foreman grill. Can I use that to cook the sweet potatoes? This looks aMAZing.

  42. This salad is ah-mazing! I made it for Memorial Day and a baby shower and it’s a huge hit! Great work!

  43. I made this for a 4th of July picnic. When I told people ahead of time what I was making they all turned their noses up. However, they all loved the final dish and, sadly, I had NO leftovers! Great recipe.

  44. Made this today for an office cook-off and everyone loved it! I will be keeping this at the top of my summer recipes.

  45. This receipe is devine! Takes a little extra time to grill the potatoes and corn, but soooo worth it!! Love it!

  46. We had this for Easter dinner. Everyone loved it! I left out the corn and used a bottled raspberry vinaigrette. YUMMY! Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. what is the nutrition info on this?

    It was delicious but I need to know calories and nutrition things…

  48. Does this salad get served warm? Trying to figure out if I can make it ahead of time….or if that will take away from it.

  49. I am just wondering if this salad would be OK without some olive oil. It only calls for lime juice. Any thoughts? I love the ingredients!

    1. I toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil before grilling them and add lime at the end for a kick of flavor!

  50. 5 stars
    For years I’ve struggled with finding the perfect vegetarian potluck dish. This one is perfect. I’ve made it several times. It always disappears and I get multiple recipe requests. Thank you many times over!!

  51. 5 stars
    I love roasting sweet potatoes and hadn’t thought of grilling them (I don’t know why, I love grilling corn all summer long). I was surprised how well they worked with the savory lime and cilantro flavors. Delicious! A new summer go-to in my house. Can’t wait to have the leftovers at lunch today!

  52. 5 stars
    This is a delicious salad! All the different flavors come together for a perfect summer salad. As tasty as it is the day it’s made, it’s even better the next day – if there are any leftovers. I don’t feel guilty having leftovers. Such a healthy choice! I’ve been making it for 2 or 3 years now – always a crowd pleaser.

  53. Awesome, delicious Southwestern flavors and so simple to make! Add any grilled meats, chicken or seafood for a great lunch or dinner. I added grilled tequila-lime shrimp to mine. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  54. 5 stars
    this was phenomenal! i added a lime crema instead of just the lime juice & loved the added creaminess. these flavors just worked so wonderfully together! thanks for a keeper!