This is an easy salad for those days when you just need to grill. It is a sweet salad that has a bit of a twist because the smokiness of the grill brings out some deliciously complex flavors from the sweet potatoes. I used grape seed oil in this recipe because it has a higher heat index, but olive oil would work as well if that is what you have on hand.
Maple Grilled Sweet Potatoes
4 medium sized sweet potatoes, cut lengthwise into planks
1/3 cup grape seed oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Prepare grill. While grill is warming, mix grape seed oil through salt in a small bowl. Brush the sweet potatoes with the oil mixture and place on grill when it is warmed. You may brush additional oil on as needed, but you should keep the grill closed to cook thoroughly.
2. When sweet potatoes are done, allow to cool slightly. When they are cool enough to handle, cut the planks into cubes and drizzle with remaining maple syrup-oil mixture. Toss to coat.
Note: The sweet potatoes will get slightly charred from the grill. If you wish to avoid this, you may wrap slices in foil packets, but this will change the texture and diminish the flavor.