This creamy paleo bbq sweet potato salad is crazy delicious! I defy anyone to say it tastes healthy!
I’m a potato salad fanatic. Well, if I’m going to be totally accurate and honest, I’m a potato-anything fanatic. And I’m far from alone in this potato fan club. And, the sweet potato, well, it’s an awesome orange cousin of the simple white tater. And I’m a member of that fan club too… yup, never met a tuber I didn’t like…
This summer, when I would normally have made so many variations of potato salad it would make your head spin, I switched it up and swapped out my traditional potatoes for sweet potatoes. The results were incredibly delicious. I’ll be posting more of these amazing recipes soon, but one of my favorites is this recipe for paleo bbq sweet potato salad.
I with I had come up with the original recipe because it’s genius, but that credit goest to the awesomely creative Michele at Paleo Running Momma. I have now made a version of this recipe too many times to count. As a matter of fact, there’s a bowl of the dressing sitting in my fridge right now just waiting for me to slurp it up on something healthy… hmmm…. maybe a southwestern cobb salad of some sort… stay tuned…
Sweet potatoes are one of the foods that I eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you’ve never had a creamy sweet potato bowl for breakfast, you are really missing out…
The main reason behind my quest to create a ton of sweet potato recipes, is that they are amazingly healing. Read about the 5 Health Benefits Of Yams And Sweet Potatoes — I couldn’t help myself; I had to write a whole article on it for you.
There are lots of vegetables that we eat just because we know we should. Just because they are healthy. Just because the research shows that you just have to eat them.
Sweet potatoes and yams do not fall into this category. Nobody has to force or convince you to eat a yam or a sweet potato. I think you’d be hard pressed to find too many people who are eating these root veggies just because they are healthy. In fact, I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said that whenever you see someone eating a sweet potato or a yam, they are eating it — relishing it with gusto — because it’s delicious.
It’s a great perk that these delicious taters show up on a lot of “healthiest foods” lists!
But… they are really healthy. Yup, they are up there with kale and spinach…
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Anyway, back to this recipe for paleo bbq sweet potato salad. It is incredible. It’s got everything everyone will want. I made a huge bowl of this last week and served it at a dinner party alongside a platter of Chicken Milanese and it was perfect. I love when guests are surprised by how good something is. I made enough for an army and the whole bowl was gone.
The creamy, tangy dressing is sweetened with dates and gets its tang from raw apple cider vinegar. There are so many delicious and healthy paleo mayonnaises available now, then at this dressing comes together in a quick minute. See the recipe below for a mayo that I love.
Oh, did I mention that there’s bacon in this recipe? And bacon makes everything taste better. Especially a creamy, bbq-type of salad. OMG. The combination of bacon and sweet potatoes is truly a match made in heaven. Case in point: these Sweet Potato Bacon Waffles.
Here are the details on some of the awesome ingredients in this paleo bbq sweet potato salad recipe:
Sweet potatoes are good for your digestive system. They can be good for both constipation and diarrhea. These orange gems also help rid your body of excess water, are good for breast health, help people with diabetes and actually can help ease night blindness. In olden times, it was common in China to rub mashed sweet potatoes on poison insect bites to remove the toxins. I haven’t tried this, but if you see me looking a tad orange, this will be why…
Scallions, as I tell you often, are one of my favorites. In Chinese medicine, the root of the scallion is a healing herb (Cong Bai). I always keep scallions on hand in my refrigerator so that I can whip up a batch of cold and flu fighting tea (scallion roots and ginger) the second anyone feels that scratchy throat coming on. It helps the body sweat out toxins. Scallions are antiviral and antibacterial; they are good for the common cold and general nasal congestion — just don’t eat too many if you have a fever. By the way, I toss the scallion roots right into the blender with the rest of the ingredients when making this dressing.
In Chinese medicine, we use tomatoes to aid in digestion and to help detoxify the body. They are also good to combat excess cholesterol, lessen inflammation and curb asthma. Tomatoes can also quench thirst, and they can help fight some kidney infections. This dressing contains tomato paste.
Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the most amazing ingredients available today. My husband and I really do take a big spoon of it every day along with our other supplements. It helps you maintain a healthy alkaline level in your body, detoxifies the liver, and is good for your heart. This vinegar helps intestinal function, much the way probiotics do. It also acts as an antacid and can help break down mucous in the body. In this recipe the tang of the dressing is from this healing vinegar.
If you make this Paleo BBQ Sweet Potato Salad recipe, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.
- For dressing:
- (note: this recipe makes more dressing than you will need -- so keep the rest in the fridge for later)
- 2 pitted dates, soaked in hot water for a few minutes
- 2 Tbs hot water (can use the date-soaking liquid)
- ½ cup tomato paste
- 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
- 2 small garlic cloves
- 4 scallions, roots included
- ¾ cup paleo mayonnaise of choice
- 3 Tbs raw apple cider vinegar
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- For salad:
- 3 really big sweet potatoes (or more smaller ones), peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- about 10-12 slices of paleo, nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled or diced
- 6 scallions, sliced (roots saved for another use)
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- sliced fresh jalapeños, optional
- Place all of the dressing ingredients into a high-speed blender.
- Whiz it up until really smooth and creamy.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil.
- Season them with salt and pepper.
- Spread them out onto the baking sheets so that they are in a single layer, not touching each other.
- Bake the potatoes until they are cooked through, but not mushy, about 30 mins.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool to room temperature.
- Put the potatoes, cooked bacon, sliced scallions, red bell peppers, and jalapeños if using, into a large bowl.
- Add enough dressing to make the salad creamy.
- Toss gently
- Store the remaining dressing in a sealed bowl in the fridge.
- Serve this alongside everything and enjoy!