Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Peanut & Lime Tahini Dressing

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Peanut & Lime Tahini Dressing

There used to be a time when I was not such a big fan of sweet potatoes. I think this has everything to do with that insipid sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. I am not cool with a big pile of gooey sweetness on my dinner plate and marshmallows should be relegated to desserts and campfires. I know I will offend people with that statement, but I just do not like that holiday tradition. I do, however, really like sweet potato fries, especially with a little cajun seasoning or smoked paprika. Those are very welcome on my dinner plate, so I’ve been trying to give the sweet potato a chance.

Since it’s summer and sweltering outside, I kept the oven off and grilled my potatoes instead of roasting them. The trick to grilling potatoes is to parboil them a little before they hit the grill. Otherwise, you get charred and raw potatoes. Not so tasty. By finishing the potatoes on the grill, they get nicely caramelized and lovely-looking grill lines. To balance some of the sweetness, I made a simple dressing of peanuts, lime juice and tahini. A little cilantro and crumbled cotija cheese are sprinkled on top for a smoky, sweet and salty side dish that’s just right with some chili-marinated chicken or steak. Who doesn’t love summer?

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Peanut & Lime Tahini Dressing

Related Sweet Potato Goodness:
Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup
Buffalo Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Pizza
Sweet Potatoes and Sausage

12 Comments

  1. This looks amazingly delicious and so simple, my favorite combo! I agree that sweet potatoes can be so right or so wrong depending on how you prepare them. I don’t think of sweet potatoes as a summer food, but I may just have to change my thinking. Love the idea of grilling, and the dressing sounds divine. :)

  2. looks awfully good. thanks for the suggestion to par-boil first.

  3. I’m still among the uncoverted when it comes to sweet potatoes – one of my very few dislikes. Problem is that my wife loves them. This recipe actually looks like there might be some room for compromise – tahini and sweet potatoes sounds pretty interesting.

  4. I have a jar of tahini and I’m still learning ways to use it up. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. tahini is always so amazing to work with.ill have to try w sweet potatoes, one of my fav.

  6. If this tastes half as good as it looks – gorgeous presentation! I can actually taste the flavors melding in my mouth from your description. Will be making this – this week!

  7. I feel the same way about that casserole. I usually bake sweet potatoes with cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper. I’m looking for a way to grill them and am going to try it tonight.

  8. Your grilled sweet potatoes look great. I am a huge fan of anything sweet potato! Nice peanut lime sauce as well.

  9. Just made this for dinner and it was PHENOMENAL. I don’t normally like sweet potatoes that much, but this is definitely going into the regular rotation. Thanks Mel!

  10. I LOVE sweet potatoes, and am always looking for new ways to make them. I almost always mash them, but love the idea of caramelizing them on the grill. Your dressing sounds sublime….I’ll be trying this dish VERY soon. – Thx – S

  11. I totally agree about the sweet potato casserole. I usually make baked sweet potato fries with olive oil and salt/pepper but this looks like a nice way to dress it up.

    Keep yummy-ness coming! :)

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