Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad

Yay! Another sneak peek recipe from The Paleo Kitchen! This will be the fourth recipe I’ve shared from my upcoming cookbook that releases June 10th! I like sharing these recipes. It takes me back to when I created this cookbook with George. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It really was. We would have our great days where we would bust out 5 great recipes, then we would have our bad days where our recipes would fail and we would hate each other. I’m not exactly known for my patience with other people. So it was quite the experience. But it’s fun looking back at the recipes and remembering the time and energy that went into every single one, with the recipe development to photography set up. Brings a tear to my eye. Just kidding. I only cry when I’m on my monthly gift and there is no chocolate around. That’s a real tear jerker.

I get my hair done on Friday! Thank gosh. These blonde roots of mine are coming in strong and they are making me look like I’m balding. I tried going lighter with my hair color, since I’m a natural blonde, but it seriously didn’t look normal. It was much easier to take care of because I didn’t have to get it done as often, but I looked weird. Brown hair just works better for me. I’m no Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. She’s albino blonde on the show and brown hair in real life. She’s pretty much stunning. If I had a girl crush, she would be it. Look her up if you don’t know who I’m talking about. And watch Game of Thrones. It reminds me what Hollywood is like today: There are all these famous people with huge entourages of more people that want to be famous that will do anything to make it to the top. Games of Thrones = Hollywood. Just a fact.

Have you noticed how instagram’s explore page is now related to what you’re interested in, instead of just pics of Miley Cyrus and half naked girls. It’s pretty great. Mine is now filled with frenchies, people who love to film themselves working out, and cupcakes. What more could I ask for? I usually skip the people working out, but man do I stare at those cupcakes. Smart move, instagram. Smart move.

So you know how I haven’t been excited for my competition this weekend, I pretty much feel the same about it. Even more so now that I found out the good ole’ bf is having a lake day. I’ve bought two new swimsuits from Victoria Secret for this summer season and I expect to wear them as soon as possible. But noooo, not this weekend. This weekend I will be forced to do multiple workouts in a day and smelling weird instead drinking adult beverages on the lake in my intensely bright bikini while getting a tan. That’s bullsh*t right there. Ok, just kidding. It will be fun. And my team will be mad after they read this blog, so I’m forced to say that. Damnit. Yay CrossFit. (I have a fake smile on right now)

PS- top 10 favorite recipes from the book. For reals. I love it. Don’t forget to preorder the book before it comes out June 10th!!


Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • ½ pound bacon (225 grams)
  • 3 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds/910 grams), cut into ½-inch (12-mm) cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay the bacon flat on the sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is slightly crispy. Let cool then roughly chop.
  2. In a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, toss the sweet potatoes and garlic in coconut oil and roast for about 30 minutes or until slightly browned.
  3. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss in green onions, dill, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Once sweet potatoes are finished cooking, toss them together with the dressing and bacon.


Note: Cook time will vary depending on the size of the sweet potato cubes.

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74 thoughts on “Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad”

  1. This looks amazing and I am totally going to make it once the lime apocalypse is over and it’s not $2/lime 😀

  2. is this meant to be served hot, warm, or cold? it looks like it would be good at any temperature just want to do it how you envisioned it! 🙂

  3. I’m preordering your book, this recipe is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” recipes that I totally associate with you at this point. Your recipes are all the foods I like in different combos I haven’t tried. Girl you are a genius!

  4. I basically just had this for lunch, but with an acorn squash instead of sweet potato and it was amazing! great combos of flavors!

    getting my hair done tonight and can’t wait!

    have a great day!

  5. Looks amazing, definitely going to give this one a try! Although buying clean bacon in Hamburg, Germany takes some pretty organization skills and deep pockets … whatever. I’m sure for this recipe it’ll be worth it 😉

    Daenarys = favorite Game of Thrones character. TOTALLY with you on that one.

    European Regionals this weekend, woohoo! Sorry to be thrilled about CF when you’re clearly not right now, but I’m headed up to Copenhagen in about 2 hours and it’s not bikini weather anyway over in these parts of the world, so we’re not missing anything by watching three days of multiple WODs.

    Good luck with your team!!

  6. i can see why this is one of your favs!! made this on the spur of the moment last night, even though i didn’t have any green onions or dill (no big loss for me–i hate dill).

    this was SOOOOOOO good! i am going to up the amount of lime juice in the dressing next time, but it is GREAT!

    made it in a skillet stovetop, and it’s a one pan dish if you fry the bacon in there too. reheats like a dream.

  7. Love your blog and this recipe has just helped me decide what to have for dinner tomorrow night! Do you ever come to the UK for conventions erc?

  8. Umm so I just got the third email about this yummy food 🙂 I guess I am going to have to try it, and of course preorder your book 🙂

  9. This is great! I took it to a brunch today and everyone loved it. I served it warm and thank heavens I have some leftovers!

  10. Just made this and I’m enjoying it right now! I didn’t have dill, but I might still throw in some fresh parsley. Should have made a quadruple batch because this ain’t gonna last long!

  11. I made this with butternut squash because I cannot eat sweet potatoes and it is one of the best things I have ever placed in my face. So, thank you.

  12. I made this for dinner with some Balsamic chicken and broccoli. It was DIVINE! Loved it. Cannot WAIT to get your book!

  13. Looks wonderful, undoubtedly about to offer this one a try! though shopping for clean bacon in metropolis, European nation takes some pretty organization skills and deep pockets

  14. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delish and picky kid approved. I’ll be getting the cook book when it comes out.

  15. Do you toss the bacon grease? Or could you leave it in the foil & do the potatoes in the bacon grease instead of coconut oil?

  16. Tried this tonight and it was fantastic. The flavors work beautifully together. The combination of the potatoes (sweet), the bacon (savory), and the balsamic dressing create a very nuanced side dish.

    I am not a sweet potato devotee, but this hit the spot. You are winning me over, one recipe at a time!

  17. Yum! I made this for a last minute potluck and it was awesome. I didn’t measure and have a new lime squeezer thingy, so it did end a bit more “Limey” than I would’ve wanted but that’s my own fault. This is perfect for me to pull out of the fridge and snack on.

  18. Made it this weekend. served it warm. I used turkey bacon. the balsamic was a great pop of unexpected flavor. I would cut back on the red pepper flakes next time, a few of our guests, didn’t go back for seconds because they don’t like the “heat” . I’m making this again for our next party!

  19. So yummy. My kids tasted it with their eyes closed and loved it. The lime and dill made it pop! I have a pork allergy so turkey bacon was an excellent substitute. Yum! Thanks.

  20. I made this recipe last night and loved it- in fact I couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers this morning! I made it as written, but simplified the prep. I put the sweet potatoes in my roasting pan and laid the bacon on a rack over top. I omitted the coconut oil and let the sw potato roast in the bacon drippings instead. Only one pan to clean that way!

  21. I just made this and it was great! (I actually left out the dill since i’m not a fan of it) My husband originally thought the recipe “sounds weird” but he loved it!!

  22. Made this for Father’s Day and it was a huge hit with everyone (except those who don’t like sweet potatoes or those who don’t like bacon…but that makes them hopeless as far as I’m concerned!!)! Yum!!!

  23. I have made this recipe twice now. The first time was for my brother and his wife who are both food snobs. And the second time was for them plus the rest of my family and both times everybody has absolutely loved it. My family has always been questionable on the whole Paleo lifestyle. But this is one of the recipes today absolutely enjoyed and want again. My mother who is a Paleo critic even asked for a copy of the recipe so she could make it again.

  24. Made this to bring to a cook out. It is so good! I’ve had to give the recipe out to several non paleo eaters. Keep doing what you are doing.,

  25. Made it, loved it, will make it again! Like my hubby said..bacon and sweet potatoes, whats NOT to love?? Thanks!!!

  26. Made this for lunch today and its really tasty. I did the potatoes on the same foil lined tray as the bacon to save some foil

  27. Bacon lime sweet pot salad

    Sweet pot? Nooo I mean sweet potato, like you made it, not the guy next door…

    I used awesome produce, free range pork kababs, silverbeet stir-fried with garlic, lemon and s&p, the combination, it was amazeballs!!!

  28. This was a hit among the family I am cooking for who has chosen a paleo diet. But this is good for anybody! Yummmm!

  29. This is such a yummy recipe. Thanks so much for posting it! I pinned it so I wouldn’t lose it but I almost have it memorized. 🙂 You’ve made me a very happy Whole30-er. 🙂

  30. Fantastic! Made this to the letter and can’t wait to make it again. Next time I’ll bake the sweet potatoes for 5 minutes less and broil them for a few minutes for a bit more browning. Delish!

  31. These were amazing!!! Took them to dinner at parents’ to go with lamb chops. Gone in 60 seconds (my dad doesn’t even like sweet potatoes). My mom asked me to make more and bring it over tomorrow. I think we will add them to Thanksgiving dinner too.

  32. This is an awesome potato salad option. I saw all our fellow paleo bloggers posting it over Instagram before the cookbook came out and thought it was perfect! Thanks for the sneak peak 😉
    I included this in my Labor Day paleo menu lineup today on my website. Thanks!


  33. This recipe was delicious! Everyone at our dinner party enjoyed it and I was bummed there were no leftovers. I added a few red pepper slices for a little color and crunch.

  34. I am a newbie on your blog. I discovered it doing a search for Low GI recipes. I don’t do any particular diet, I am just really trying to eat Low Glycemic . Is Paleo a low GI diet? By the way.. .I have this recipe in the oven right now! Made with dried slivered garlic, dried dill weed and no green onions though. I happened to have everything else though.

  35. Let me make something clear: I have never been a huge fan of sweet potatoes. Honestly. When I first switched to paleo eating, I spotted this recipe and decided I’d give it a shot since there are such raves about sweet potatoes. I LOVE THESE SWEET POTATOES. Love them. Probably too much. I could eat the whole batch (and have been known to do it). If you are not a fan of sweet potatoes, try this anyway…’ll be hooked. Seriously, if it is not THE best vegetable recipe ever, it’s in my top three.

  36. I want to double the recipe but only have the 3 sweet potatoes, could I substitute for yellow potatoes for the extra sweet potatoes I don’t have?

  37. i love this! The dressing really makes it work! I had some parsnips spare so added a little smoked paprika to those and the sweet potatoes before baking and served the whole thing on a bed of rocket. Nomnomnom! All the joys of comfort food without the guilt. Thanks for sharing

  38. Made this for the 2nd time as a side for a work potluck. I had at least 4 people ask for the recipe! This is now officially my go-to summer potluck recipe!!!

  39. This is my 3rd time making this. It is going to be an appetizer for an art exhibition served in both mini phyllo cups and endive leaves. It is served room temp. I am sure people are going to love it! Thanks for a great recipe.

  40. While I haven’t shifted completely over to the paleo lifestyle, I was looking for a healthier recipe for my contribution for an office cookout/pot luck this past Friday and came across this. I made a double portion for a group of about 20, and this was such a big hit it wasn’t enough! As with Christine above, several people were asking for the recipe.

  41. Hi Juli!
    Just wanted to let you know that this is one of my FAVORITE vegetable recipes! I’ll be sharing it on my blog. 🙂

  42. This is freaking amazing! I make it every week and have been using cut up pieces of beef sausage instead of bacon and it is still SO SO good!!! I also leave out the red pepper flakes because I follow the AIP diet.

    Thank you!

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