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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing - a great summertime side dish!

We eat sweet potatoes all the time at our house.  Not only are they delicious, but sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are believed to offer disease-preventing, cancer-fighting and immune-boosting benefits!  (No wonder sweet potatoes are sometimes called a superfood!)

But in the middle of the summer – the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven – especially if we’re grilling the rest of our dinner.  This Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing is a delicious alternative to a baked sweet potato!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing - a great summertime side dish!

Thick slices of sweet potato are quickly blanched in a pot of boiling water and then grilled for a few minutes which gives the potatoes a wonderful caramelized taste and color.  Then a warm dressing made with bacon, onions, white wine vinegar, olive oil and sugar is poured over the sweet potatoes – and the delicious sweet and sour plus bacon flavors are a great complement to the warm and earthy sweet potatoes!

This grilled sweet potato salad with sweet and sour bacon dressing makes a delicious side dish to a thick, juicy grilled steak and a tossed salad.  Enjoy!

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing
 
Serves: 4-6 servings
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Ingredients
  • 3 medium or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into one inch thick slices.
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices bacon, diced medium.
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup white wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Blanch sweet potato slices in a large pot of boiling salted water, about 8-10 minutes. They should be firm and cooked but not mushy. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl combine potato slices, oil, salt and pepper and toss. Place on a hot grill and cook until well browned, about 3-5 minutes. Remove and place in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large sauté pan, cook bacon until they just start to crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove the bacon to paper towels and leave all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan.
  4. Add the onion slices and cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vinegar, oil, sugar, cooked bacon, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the grilled sweet potatoes, top with chopped parsley and serve.

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  1. Another idea instead of baking them in the oven is to microwave them it is so easy about 12-14 minutes for a large one but if the grill is on that sounds so much better. My husband has taken to having one for breakfast and they are so much better for you than their white counterpart is. I’ll have to try this the next time we use the grill.

    Christine
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  2. Um…Yum! I made this to accompany last night’s dinner of smoked chicken. Absolute perfection! The addition of bacon, sauteed onions and warm dressing elevates the humble sweet potato to new heights. I did replace the sugar in the dressing with pure maple syrup, otherwise followed your recipe exactly. I will definitely be making this again and again. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Nancy! I love the idea of using the maple syrup in this recipe – we’ll have to try that ourselves the next time we make this! Thanks for writing to us!

  3. I found your blog via Pinterest, and have Pinned a few recipes! I am looking forward to trying them out soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Ginny McMeans :

    I ordered Reuben’s every chance I got when I was a kid. Your’s look great with kielbasa no less!

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