Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad

By Katie, 5:06 am

I know that summer is practically over, but don’t put away your grill just yet! (Or prepare your handy indoor grill!) 8-)

Because I’ve made an important discovery: the combination of sweet potatoes and bacon – odd as it may initially sound – is an awesome one.

For those of you thinking, “Wait, I thought this was a healthy living blog, why is she showing us bacon?” let me say that bacon is not the enemy (and I’m not just talking turkey bacon here!). Because it is intensely flavorful, it’s a great addition to a veggie-based dish; you can incorporate relatively small amounts to provide a bit of gusto while still keeping the overall profile a nutritious one.

Proof is in the classic combination of bacon and Brussels sprouts (seriously delicious!). While I don’t know if the bacon-sweet potato combo tops that one, it certainly comes close!

I just know Jessica would be proud of this dish. ;-) Oh, and did I mention it’s originally from grill-master Bobby Flay? Yeah, so you know it’s good!

If you’re not planning on grilling anything else alongside of this, the indoor grill might be a good bet because the potatoes are boiled first and then just finished on the grates, for less than 10 minutes. But this meal would be fantastic served with a bunch of other grilled veggies and some crusty bread.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad
Adapted from Bobby Flay, originally seen on Lele Lurves Plants
Serves 6 as a side dish, less as a main

3 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil, plus some for brushing the grill
6 oz. bacon, diced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Clean the potatoes and boil them until they are cooked through but not too soft, about 20 minutes. You should be able to poke them with a fork with just a little resistance. Drain them and set them aside to cool.

2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a lightly-sprayed pan over high heat. Cook until crispy, 5-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

3. Add the shallots to the hot pan, turn the heat down to medium, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the red wine vinegar and cook for another minute or so. Remove the pan from the heat and add the olive oil, herbs, salt, and pepper.

4. Slice the cooled potatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices. Grill over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until slightly charred on both sides.

5. Place grilled potatoes in a bowl and toss with the herb mixture. Sprinkle with bacon.

What other ingredients do you think make bold, flavorful additions in small amounts? I like to use strong cheeses because a little bit goes a long way!


Are you a year-round griller, or do you confine it to the summer months? Do you have/use an indoor grill? We have a George Foreman, which is nice but a pain to clean!

29 Responses to “Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad”

  1. Yum, yum, yum!! I would be all over this. :)

    And we love to grill year round! Even in the snow!

  2. Lauren says:

    I have 2 MASSIVE sweet potatoes that I need to do something with. Thanks for a great idea!

  3. wowzers. two of my fave foods :) i’m a firm believer that bacon makes anything better.
    i’ve even made some chocolate covered bacon, which was a little too dang addicting!
    i like to add garlic to just about any savory dish i can and cinnamon to just about any sweet dish :)

  4. Yum! This looks delicious!

  5. Julie says:

    WOW! that salad looks fabulous! Can’t wait to make it.
    I’m a stinky cheese girl. You can add so much flavor with just a little bit.

  6. Dorry says:

    We are definitely year-round grillers. I’ve seen Billy outside in rain or freezing temps just to get his steak right. Haha. :)

  7. Josie says:

    i agree- strong cheeses go such a long way. i don’t grill year round, but the weather here would probably let me till december! i don’t grill indoors, but i wish i could!

    i see the beauty of sweet potatoes and bacon. i can’t wait to get into the habit of eating brussels sprouts (my favorite veg) cooked with bacon!

  8. Oh bless you. I just printed this. Looks awesome. I adore bacon – I blame it for turning me from vegetarian to carnivore.

    Other things that add a big punch: strong cheeses (I love blue cheese – awesome depth of flavour), anchovies, balsamic, and red wine…I often reduce and add to sauces for a lovely earthy richness.

  9. Bacon is one of those foods that I can’t tell whether I truly don’t like it or whether it’s one of those leftover fear foods from ED days. I guess I have to try it again to find out. This dish does look good!!

    I find that a little goes a long way with feta, cayenne, and maple syrup.

  10. um, this sounds amazing! i also love anchovies melted into oil to flavor sauces with. super salty yumminess :)

  11. I heart bacon. :)

    Toasted sesame oil is another thing that I find packs a huge punch. I often drizzle a tiny bit on stir frys just before serving – it adds so much flavor!

  12. Sweet potatoes and bacon are two of my FAVORITE foods! I made bacon wrapped sweet potato skewers for memorial day and I’ve been thinking of bringing them back!

    My boyfriend and I bought a really nice grill(a Weber!) at the beginning of the summer and most of the meals we make now are grilled…so I have a feeling we’ll be grilling all year round! Snow might make it difficult, but I’m willing to shovel for grilled chicken…

  13. I think The Lover would love anything if bacon were in it. :) We mostly grill during the summer/fall months. I do have a George Forman and it IS a pain to clean. Not sure why but The Lover isn’t a fan of food cooked on the GF. He’s crazy! ;)

  14. We have a George Foreman but it has removable sides so you can put them in the dishwasher. Much easier to clean than the last one we had!

  15. christina says:

    that looks colorful and delicious! cilantro is a great way to add lots of flavor.

  16. Kate D says:

    Every time you post a recipe I end up wiping drool off my keyboard!

  17. Wow I think the flavor of bacon with a sweet potato sounds fantastic!

  18. Sarah says:

    I think I need to add sweet potatoes to my menu plans. I can only grill inside (boo apartments) BUT I have a George Foreman and grill pan that gets lots of use. And I just keep my blinds open and use my imagination that I’m grilling outside!!

  19. Stacy says:

    I wish we could grill year round. It makes dish clean up a lot easier :) Unfortunately living in the Chicago area that is impossible. I don’t think I would enjoy wearing a heavy parka and battle the snow, just so I could have a grilled steak. No thanks. Using the broiler works pretty good. I forced the hubby to get rid of our old George Foreman because I hated using it. Gets way too messy :(

  20. I don’t have a grill but during the summer my friends and I grill a lot at our beach house. I love that my parents, who live in Cali, can grill anytime of year!

  21. OOO I’m loving this recipe! I agree that bacon is a great addition to most veggies because a little goes a LOOOONG way!

    Sorry I haven’t touched base in awhile! Blogging and keeping up with blogs in the summer is SO hard!!

  22. This recipe looks amazing, I am definitely going to share it with my family. :) Have a great weekend!

  23. Oh my, I don’t think this is an odd combo at all! I think smoked cheeses add a ton of flavor – again a case of a little bit going a long way. I feel the same way about adding cream to a sauce. :)

  24. amanda says:

    I am an indoor griller but not by choice. I live in Virginia and they have a fire code where if you live in a condo or an apartment you have to have a grill so many feet away. So it leaves on grills in the courtyard…which is a pain in the butt to get too. SO I use my George Foreman in my condo.

  25. Lori Lynn says:

    That looks really good. I might have to try that!

  26. My husband thanks you in advance for this recipe! Sweet potatoes and bacon are literally his two favorite foods (and both are up there for me as well). I’m super excited to try this recipe. And it so reminds me of the in-between summer and fall time.

  27. Oh gosh, how did I miss this post? This recipe sounds FANTASTIC! I’ve bookmarked it and will be making it as soon as I muster up the strength to buy bacon. It still scares me a bit! But I LOVE the flavor and think it’s about time that I challenge one of my very last food fears! Thanks for the inspiration!

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