Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Sides
grilled sweet potato salad

There’s something truly magical about summer evenings spent outdoors, savoring the smoky aromas of the grill and the laughter of family and friends. If you’re searching for the perfect dish to elevate your next barbecue, look no further than our Grilled Sweet Potato Salad. This vibrant and nutritious salad is a delightful fusion of sweet, savory and tangy flavors, sure to become a staple at your summer gatherings.

Welcome Summer with Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

The Star Ingredient: Sweet Potatoes

The star of this dish is the humble sweet potato, transformed into caramelized slices with a slight char from the grill. Paired with sweet potato’s natural sweetness are tender slices of red onion, which add a subtle sharpness that balances the dish beautifully. The salad is then adorned with crumbled feta cheese, offering a creamy and tangy contrast that complements the grilled vegetables perfectly.

A Flavorful Homemade Dressing

But what truly sets this salad apart is the homemade dressing—a simple yet flavorful blend of olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, honey and apple cider vinegar. This dressing ties everything together, infusing each bite with a harmonious mix of sweetness and acidity.

Nutritional Benefits of Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Not only is this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad a feast for the taste buds, but it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C as well as fiber and antioxidants, making them an excellent choice for a healthy diet.

Red onions add an extra boost of vitamins and minerals, while feta cheese provides calcium and protein. And let’s not forget the green onion and parsley, which bring a fresh, herbaceous note and a dose of vitamin K and folate.

If you’re on a Nutrisystem weight loss plan, you can count each serving of this salad as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra.

Perfect for Summer Gatherings

Perfect for a light summer dinner or a standout side dish at your next barbecue, this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is a delicious way to enjoy the season’s best flavors while nourishing your body. So, fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and get ready to impress your guests with this delightful and wholesome dish.

Customizing Your Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

One of the best things about this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is its versatility. Here are a few ideas to customize the recipe:

Add Protein

  • Grilled Chicken: Add sliced grilled chicken breast for a heartier meal.
  • Chickpeas: For a vegetarian option, toss in some roasted chickpeas for extra protein and crunch.
  • Bacon: Crumbled bacon can add a smoky flavor that complements the sweet potatoes perfectly.

Enhance the Vegetables

  • Bell Peppers: Grilled bell peppers add a burst of color and a sweet, smoky flavor.
  • Corn: Fresh grilled corn kernels bring a juicy sweetness that pairs well with the other ingredients.
  • Avocado: Slices of creamy avocado can add richness and a healthy dose of good fats.

Change Up the Cheese

  • Goat Cheese: Substitute feta with creamy goat cheese for a milder, tangier flavor.
  • Blue Cheese: For a bolder taste, crumbled blue cheese can be an exciting addition.

Mix Up the Greens

  • Arugula: Add a handful of arugula for a peppery bite.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach leaves can increase the salad’s nutrient content and add a soft texture.

Perfect Pairings: What to Serve with Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

To complete your summer meal, consider serving Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with these delicious dishes:

Grilled Meats

  • Steak: A juicy grilled steak, such as grilled filet mignon, pairs wonderfully with the sweet and tangy flavors of the salad.
  • Pork Chops: Grilled pork chops, with their mild flavor, allow the salad to shine.
  • Salmon: The richness of grilled cedar plank salmon complements the freshness of the salad beautifully.

Light and Fresh Sides

  • Cucumber and Tomato Salad: A simple cucumber, tomato and mint salad adds refreshing contrast.
  • Quinoa Salad: A light quinoa salad with herbs and lemon provides a nutritious and filling side dish.
  • Grilled Vegetables: A medley of grilled vegetables like zucchini, asparagus and bell peppers complements the salad’s flavors and adds more variety to your meal.

Refreshing Beverages

  • Iced Tea: A pitcher of iced tea with lemon and mint is perfect for a warm evening.
  • Lemonade: Freshly squeezed lemonade adds a citrusy brightness that pairs well with the salad.
  • White Wine: A chilled white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, is a great choice to accompany this light and flavorful meal.

With these customization options and pairing suggestions, your Grilled Sweet Potato Salad can be the star of any summer gathering, offering endless possibilities for delicious and nutritious meals. Refer to the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for more information on counting ingredient swaps and add-ins.

Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 226

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra


  • 2 sweet potatoes, sliced into ¼" rounds
  • 1 red onion, sliced into rounds
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sliced sweet potatoes and red onion. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to coat.
  3. Place sweet potato slices and red onion onto the grill. Grill each side for 4-5 minutes, until soft.
  4. Remove the sweet potato slices and red onion from the grill. Place onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with green onions, parsley and feta cheese.
  5. In a small bowl, combine garlic, mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and black pepper. Whisk to combine.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over the sweet potato mixture and mix well.
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