Grilled Sweet Potato and Corn Salad Recipe

sweet potato and corn salad
Joshua Bousel

Of all the Thanksgiving staples, I've never been able to get behind candied sweet potatoes. These orange tubers are one my favorite fall vegetables for their warming sweet flavor, and I can't understand why you'd want mask that sweetness with more sugar, and then top it off with marshmallows? In contrast, if I were doing a sweet potato dish, it'd be something more in line with this sweet potato and corn salad.

I admit the Southwestern influence of poblano peppers and the lime dressing paired with grilled sweet potatoes and roasted corn may not jive with all holiday meals, but it's a combination that works quite well. The earthy, natural sweetness of the potatoes dominates the salad, while the corn imparts another layer of sweetness with each bursting kernel. The poblano lends a mild fruity heat, and the lime and green onion dressing adds a contrasting acidity and freshness.

Yup, this is what I call a good use of sweet potatoes, which are now slowly, but surely, starting their annual progression to becoming the centerpiece of my fall and winter diet.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed juice from about 2 limes

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" slices

  • 1 ear corn

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large poblano pepper

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in scallions; set aside.

    dressing for sweet potato corn salad
  2. Place sweet potato slices in a medium saucepan and cover with 1-inch of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes can be pierced with a paring knife with little resistance, about 10 minutes. Drain potatoes. Brush potatoes all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

    boiling sweet potatoes in saucepan
  3. Rub corn all over with butter and season with salt and pepper. Wrap in aluminum foil.

    season corn on the cob
  4. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place potatoes, corn, and poblano pepper on grill. Cook potatoes until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Cook corn for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Cook poblano until charred all over, about 15 minutes. Remove potatoes and corn to cutting board. Place poblano pepper in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for 15 minutes.

    grill sweet potatoes
  5. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch dice, transfer to large bowl. Cut corn kernels off cob and transfer to bowl with potatoes. Remove charred skin, stem, and seeds from poblano pepper and discard. Finely dice pepper and transfer to bowl with potatoes and corn.

    mix sweet potato corn salad
  6. Pour dressing over potatoes, corn, and pepper. Toss to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

    sweet potato corn salad in white bowl

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
238 Calories
11g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 238
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 263mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 51mg 256%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 729mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)