4th of July Honey Sweet Potato Poblano Salad

It’s so hot. Like, so so hot. I’m so uncomfortable. My knee pits are sweating. And please don’t tell me I don’t know hot because I don’t live in a state with humidity. I know that. But I’ve lived in Colorado my entire life and I know its heat, I’ve bonded with it…and the heat going on right now is not normal Colorado heat. It’s hell’s heat. And we have leather couches. Leather freaking couches. Do you know what it’s like to have my size thighs on leather couches?! That’s a large surface area to cover. Just imagine the amount of sweat that’s left behind on that couch. After I’ve been sitting on it for hours with a hot ass computer on top of me. In my underwear. With the doors open. I have no shame at this point. I lost my shame when the temperature hit 100 degrees.

I’ve especially lost most of my shame at the gym. My shirt stays on for a good 30 seconds. As soon as the warm up even begins, my shirt comes off. I know it’s not the best looking nor do most people want to see all that jazz going on, but I don’t care. Running yesterday in the 104 degree sun was like running through fire. I run funny already, which I was reminded of yesterday, so running in the heat made my feet feel like they were going to burn off. I’m just complaining at this point. I’m a grumpy tonight. It’s that time of the month. My b. I’m over it. I love heat. I love sweating. I love all things related to being uncomfortable. Like how you guys feel when I talk about being on my monthly gift. I love that.

Guess what I got for you guys!? Well, nothing. But I do have something for you all to read if you’re bored at work. It’s my latest post for Again Faster! It’s called ‘Use Your Damn Brain‘. I talk about using your brain and stuff. Mostly related to lifting, but you could use it in life in general. I’m going to take my own advice and use my brain to rethink complaining about the heat, and working out in the heat, and cooking in the heat. I mean, I have converted to only consuming smoothies at this point in my life anyways. It’s too hot for meat. Things are looking up!! Who doesn’t love smoothies?! Dummies, that’s who. Gosh I’m turning my frown upside down!

So this recipe is a spin off the normal bbq potato salad…BUUUUUUT nothing like it really. It’s just something I personally think tastes delicious and you can do it all on the grill. Thank gosh. Especially if you live in Colorado. So I thought this recipe was better warm, but you may think differently. Decide yourself. You make your own destiny you paleo butterfly you.


4th of July Honey Sweet Potato Poblano Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 2 sweet potatoes or yams, cut into 1/4 inch strips lengthwise
  • 2 poblano peppers, stem and seeds removed, cut in half lengthwise

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Turn on grill.
  2. Once grill is hot, place your sweet potatoes and poblanos directly on grill.
  3. Keep an eye on the veggies because they will burn easily. After about 5-8 minutes or until sweet potatoes and poblanos have grill marks on one side, flip them. The poblanos will cook quicker at need less time on the grill.
  4. While your veggies are cooking, whisk together dressing ingredients, tossing in the pumpkin seeds at the end.
  5. When veggies are done cooking, let cool for a couple minutes then dice them on up!
  6. Toss sweet potatoes and poblanos in your dressing and serve!
  7. Yum.
  8. Oh wait, turn grill off! Safety first.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


34 thoughts on “4th of July Honey Sweet Potato Poblano Salad”

  1. How did you know I’m bored at work?? 😉 The recipe looks great! Will try soon. I happen to have a sweet potato lying around in my kitchen anyway.

  2. Can’t wait to try this one! Ugh, just saw forecast. 108 in Denver!!! That’s panties in the freezer sort of weather. Hang in there Juli

  3. Juli – LOVE your site, LOVE your recipes as they give me hope for all the deliciousness I am going to make when I finally leave Africa in 5 months. Also hate the heat with you – we always say “it feels like sitting in a hot oven with someone aiming a blow dryer on high heat at your face.” Ugh. Anyway, congrats on Regionals – you’re an inspiration, even 3 continents away!!!

  4. Dude, what the eff is up with this heat? We had a WOD last week that started with a mile run. It was approximately 97 degrees outside and I thought I had died and gone to hell, literally. AND I was the single last person to finish, in the entire gym. Win one for me.

  5. My husband was just in Denver and went for a run outside. He thought he was going to die on mile one. This is coming from a man that runs on the beach, midday during July in our South Florida sun. Humidity is one thing but your hot, dry weather in Denver is Brutal!

    1. It’s probably because of altitude. My dad lives in Colorado Springs and I live in VA. When I arrive in CO it’s hard enough going up a flight of stairs. Also…I was in CO recently and it was hot, but VA is WORSE lol…we actually have humidity as opposed to try heat. It’s air so thick you feel like you are breathing in fire. Wish I was in CO for sure!

  6. Okay, seriously, I just stumbled upon your blog (through a link from another blog that I’m following) and you are HILARIOUS! I’ve gone through a few of your posts now. The food all looks delicious. The tone is always fantastically funny. LOVE it. You’ve got a new fan 🙂

  7. Julie! It’s Lynn, Melissa’s friend (the one who ran the wrong direction on the WOD)…LOVED the kitchen sink & countless other recipes too. Thanks for the humor & daily inspiration to stay ‘on track’.

  8. Cant wait to try this recipe this weekend, looks amazing! It’s okay to complain about the weather, I do it all the time! Esp when everywhere in the nation has hot, summer like temps and here in Seattle, we’re lucky if it reaches 60! Seriously, the heat still runs during the day , so depressing!

  9. Hey Juli! Love your site! I’ll definitely be trying your recipes! Hope you manage to stay cool! Try running in the early morning, it’s much cooler that way.

  10. Hey Juli, love love love your site, I’ve been reading for a while now and have made probably 10 recipes or so of yours. Each one has been fantastic! You are a genious.

    I feel you with this heat, Houston is so brutal right now, it’s been in the 100’s outside but our box is even HOTTER inside by a good 5-10 degrees (never in my life have I looked forward to runs in WOD’s until now). I’ve become a whiny little girl during every WOD as well as hypochondriac, I constantly think I’m suffering from a heat stroke on a daily basis now. The things I do for fun…

    Thanks for your ridiculous humor and delicious recipes, keep em coming 🙂

  11. It’s too hot to even make a smoothie, all I can do is grab the frozen berries and retreat to my basement where it’s only 90. Mmm, frozen grapes. I may have to brave it though because grilled sweet potatoes sound amazing.

  12. It’s gonna get wicked hot here too. This girl is bringing this salad to 4th of July!! Thanks for such an awesome blog too. I love your approach to paleo!

  13. This salad is absolutely amazing! Made it last night for paleo and non-paleoers and everyone loved it. Used 3 potatoes but kept everything else the same. Had leftovers and ate it for breakfast! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  14. So this is super exciting, I multiplied this recipie by 6 and added my own tweaks, like fire roasted garlic (the grill was hot anyways), and cumin instead of rosemary, because cumin and sweet potato is a wicked combination. Anyways, everyone raved about it, finished the whole bowl, the host jokingly gave me a hard time about showing her up, and multiple people asked for the recipie. I looked like a BBQ genius.

  15. Loved this recipe. Love your blog…you crack me up. I am not paleo but have made a few of your recipes now and they are all yummy.

  16. Made it for the 4th! Amazing! Had to hide a lil for leftovers so I could have it for lunch today! Yummmmmm!

  17. This was so fun to make AND delicious. My neighbors even got a little curious to see “what were those orange things I was putting on my grill.” I felt like a little animal protein and so I grilled up some mild italian sausage on the grill with the veggies. Chopped it up and mixed it in with the salad. The kids (9yrs old I might add) had seconds. Which made me sad, because there went the lunch I was so looking forward to today.

  18. What is FOD?

    In your bio about you by day you fod?

    Let meknow….I’m in Denver as well…Just started on the Paleo diet due to chronic stomach pain…

    3 days on the diet and no pain…I am now 12 days in and feeling fantastic….

    Love to cook…developing more recipes daily!


  19. Just a tip… if you add in the honey right after the olive oil (using the same oil-drenched tablespoon), the honey will slide right out!

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