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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

There is nothing more “Louisiana” than sweet potatoes. We eat them baked, boiled, smashed, grilled, in gravies and casseroles—you name it.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup very thinly shaved red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese (or other mild crumbly cheese, such as farmer’s cheese)


  • Preheat a grill to medium-high and the oven to 350°F.

  • Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl, and add the 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Then place the potatoes on the grill and cook until nice grill marks develop, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

  • Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet, place it in the oven, and bake until they are tender enough to easily pierce with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature.

  • Arrange the sweet potato slices on a platter, and drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and the lime juice over them. Sprinkle with the cilantro, red onion, and cheese, and serve.