My family loves sweet potatoes. We grow and eat a lot of them (read about my first sweet potato growing experience) and I’m always excited to try new ways to use them. Bacon and lime are always a great combination and are delicious with the sweetness of the roasted sweet potatoes.
Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad
I prefer to dirty as few dishes as possible, so meals that can be made in one pan make me very happy. For this recipe, there’s no need to precook the bacon. Dice the bacon and put it in the bottom of a cast iron skillet or on a sheet pan. Then just toss diced sweet potatoes on top to roast.
While everything is cooking, I make a simple lime and balsamic vinaigrette to pour over the top.
This versatile recipe is delicious no matter how you enjoy it. You can either eat it warm from the oven or make it ahead and refrigerate it for a chilled side later. You can add eggs to the leftovers for a breakfast scramble, eat it as a stand-alone lunch, or add some leftover chicken for dinner.
More Sweet Potato Recipes to Enjoy
Like I said above, I’ve come up with a lot of sweet potato recipes over the years. Here are some other family favorites:
- Loaded Sweet Potato Soup – What could be more satisfying on a cold day than sweet potato and squash soup loaded with spices, sausage, and onion and topped with cheese and bacon?
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes stuffed with sausage, spinach, and cheese — they’re a complete meal or lunch to go.
- Sweet Potato Fries – A kid favorite with mom-approved nutrition — serve with homemade ketchup.
- Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting – Yup, you read that right — delicious, healthy, and kid approved!
- Sweet Potato Casserole – A real food version of the Thanksgiving favorite, made with homemade marshmallow topping.
Next I might try using my mandolin to make healthy sweet potato chips like these. I’ll bet they’d be delicious alongside homemade fish sticks.
Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad Recipe
- 8 slices bacon
- 3 large sweet potatoes
Balsamic Lime Vinaigrette
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1 lime (zested and juiced)
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 green onions
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Dice the bacon and place it on a rimmed baking sheet or in a large cast iron skillet.
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and place them on top of the bacon.
- Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the sweet potatoes are soft.
- While the bacon and sweet potatoes are cooking, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lime juice and zest.
- Mince the jalapeno, garlic, and green onion and add it to the olive oil/balsamic mixture.
- When the bacon and sweet potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a large serving bowl.
- Toss with the vinaigrette and enjoy warm or cold.
What’s your favorite way to use sweet potatoes?
Discussion (20 Comments)
What’s the recipe like, please?
Like? Savory, tangy, and delicious!
No, sorry… I meant how do you make this dish?
Congrats on your journey George! I’ve used several of your recipes before but had never read your bio. It’s always so exciting to hear about transformations in health 🙂 I’m excited to make this for my husband, two of his favorite foods! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait for the new book – it looks incredible!
Audrey Christie McLaughlin
I made this for my family last night and ate the left overs with a fried egg for lunch, amazing! Thank you for providing a way that I can enjoy sweet potatoes, because I really didn’t like them before.
Looks amazing! All my favorite flavors. Is this good cold/room temp?
At the risk of sounding ignorant here – is this dish served hot or cold? If hot and a huge batch is made ahead, what is the best way to reheat WITHOUT using a microwave? We do LOVE sweet potatoes and here in SW florida we grow them all year. Thanks
This sounds delicious! I love sweet potatoes 🙂 A word of warning – my nutritionist told me not to use aluminum foil because it leaches into food and can make you ill. Thanks for the recipe, I’m off to your blog now 🙂
I’m glad that someone pointed that out. Aluminum foil does leach into food. And while it may be a stretch, autopsied Alzheimer’s patients have been found to have about five times the normal amount of aluminum in their brains. For this reason, we avoid anything with aluminum; baking powder, tin foil, most deodorants, etc. We have tons of Alzheimer’s in our family.
Yay for kicking the bulimia!! Well done!! And your blog is seriously brilliant.
What do I look for when buying bacon?
While this recipe sounds delicious, I can’t bring myself to make it because of the terrible suffering that pigs undergo on factory farms -thousands crowded into crates where they have no room to even turn round. That includes the sows who are forced to suckle their piglets through the bars as they lie down unable to get up. Many piglets die from falling through slats or getting trodden on by workers who have to wear masks because of the stench of ammonia from pigs who are forced to urinate and defecate where they are. At the end of their tortured lives they’re electric-prodded into the slaughterhouse, where they’re hoisted up by one limb so their throats can be cut.
These animals are near, or at the top of, the animal IQ chain. When left to their own devices they are clean and family-oriented, making nests for their offspring. Some have been seen opening gates to rescue their brethren from confinement on smaller farms. (No chance of doing that on a factory ‘farm,’ which consists of huge sheds housing, as I wrote earlier, thousands of them. Many animals bang their heads against their crate bars and try to chew through them.
They have the IQ of at least a three-year-old child. University research has shown them capable of solving complex puzzles and able to manipulate interactive videos using a joystick fixed in their mouths. One researcher placed them above the apes in intelligence. Don’t you think that it is exceptionally cruel and inhumane to treat them as objects who can’t feel fear and pain?
Until meat eaters stand up and demand more humane treatment of all animals regarded as ‘food’ by humans, conditions will never get better. Please think about this the next time you go to choose meat at the supermarket and look at the pristine, plastic-wrapped packages.
Katie - Wellness Mama
I absolutely agree and I personally only buy pork from local and humanely raised sources but this is something I should write about soon.
Where is the recipe? Thanks
Yum! Bacon and sweet potatoes, two of my favorite things! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!