Turkey and Sweet Potatoes, They’re Not Just For Thanksgiving Anymore!

Are you tired of having hamburgers and steaks on the grill yet? Try something different and cook up an Herb Grilled Turkey Breast! It’s really very simple, it’s just a matter of chopping up some of your favorite fresh herbs, adding lemon zest, smashed garlic, drizzling in some olive oil, salt and pepper until you have a nice thick paste, and then rubbing it all over your turkey breast, under and over the skin, front and back. I had a half of a turkey breast and the herbs I used were thyme, parsley and basil.

I put the turkey breast directly on the top of my grill cooking it with indirect heat, which means the middle burner was shut off, I kept the temperature hovering around 350F until internal temp reached 180F. Of course cooking times will vary according to weight, but make sure you check it because you don’t want it to go past 180F.

The result you’ll get is meat that is exceptionally moist and bursting with flavor, now that’s a good thing!

Since this is a summer version of a turkey dinner how about a Grilled Sweet Potato Salad to serve on the side?I like using corn, green onions, red and yellow pepper rings along with my sweet potatoes, but this time I added some asparagus and string beans that I had in my fridge. Toss everything in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and just grill them all up!

Same goes for the sweet potatoes, which by the way taste excellent when grilled, remember their the star in this salad after all!

After all the veggies are grilled up, shuck your corn and place everything on a platter and garnish with chopped parsley, chives or whatever fresh herbs you like, and then drizzle your salad with a Homemade Vinaigrette, here’s mine;
3 Parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Part Red Wine vinegar
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 minced garlic clove
1 Teaspoon dried Greek Oregano
A squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice
Salt and pepper
Enjoy and Buon Appetito!
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  1. Grilled corn in a salad? I’m in!

    And you got me thinking: How about using grilled corn in a sort of fresh polenta? I’ll give it a shot one day and report back.

  2. buon giorno!!
    I saw your blog name at tesoro fino and thought I pop in and see what this blog is about ;) Although Italian food in the italian style fits me well , I like your approch in the american way and will come back to have a look
    saluti!
    desiree

    Ohhh and come and join my give away for us /canadian readers! it fits your blog.

  3. It’s obvious I need to get a grill that has a middle burner. All this looks too inviting.

  4. I love this idea. You’re right, I never think to buy turkey any time but the fall. Why not? I’ve had a recipe for Grilled Sweet Potato Salad for a very long time & have never made it. You’ve inspired me to try out this “Thanksgiving” meal this summer!

  5. I have never tried my herb turkey breast on the grill.
    Today’s the day! I am nervous, but it looks like it came out just perfect!

  6. I always pop in to see what I am eating this week! I thoroughly enjoy turkey on the grill – I just grill the entire bird. Now that sweet potato salad surrounded by luscious vegetables really has my stomach happily thinking….”make it, make it.”

  7. This is my kind of barbecued meal. Christmas in July is coming up:D

  8. I adore grilled sweet potatoes! I would be so sad if I only ate them on Thanksgiving.

  9. Marie, this looks great! I am definitely making this salad soon. Do the sweet potatoes need precooking before grilling them? Again, you’ve out done yourself.

  10. Michelle, I’ve done it both ways and it comes out good, precooking them will shorten the time on the grill but other than that they will taste the same.

  11. That looks great. What a wonderful excuse to eat turkey and sweet potatoes outside of Thanksgiving.

  12. I love the richness of taste of grilled vegetables..they carmelize and get sweeter.

  13. This grilled vegetables look amazing! I love grilling turkey. It’s always a nice change from the normal chicken.

  14. Hi Marie – that is the MOST colorful post I have ever seen! Great idea. Love the title too. Happy Chicago Summer to you and your family!
    LL

  15. What a gorgeous batch of grilled veggies, Marie. A rainbow of colors, and I know that sweet potato must top it all off. You are so creative!

  16. I used to be able to get turkey breasts in our local supermarket, but no more. I will have to start hunting for it. The salad is not only bursting with color, but the flavors must have been so intense!!

  17. Marie

    I can see you are a Master chef at grilling! I love all your grilling dishes and especially that one! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies and I know I would devour it done this way!

  18. Turkey is really a nice light option for a summer night. Definitely needs to be showcased more. This was a great idea.

  19. I just love your summer version of Thanksgiving dinner! You always have the best ideas. Those colorful grilled veggies look just amazing.

  20. I’ve been so scarce on Blogosphere, but I have some vacation time to catch up now. Can I just say how brilliant this grilled turkey and sweet potato salad is? I’m so making this! We’re hunkering down, since the US Open is happening in my hometown and traffic is nuts. Grillin’ and Chillin’ and watching the Open on TV is what’s on tap for us…turkey anyone?!

  21. Every dish you make is always so healthy, vibrant and full of flavor. Love this.

  22. that looks like a mess of grilled goodness. I love grilled veggies and I be turkey is great too

  23. I hardly ever buy sweet potatoes, I don’t know why, I love them but my husband and kids aren’t totally keen on them. But while my sister has been here visiting, she had mentioned that a regular for them is make sweet potato fries. Thank you for posting this.. I am going to add them to my grocery list. I love the smokey flavor of the grill.. and this would be my preferred preparation. Yumm!! Love the picture with the grilled potatoes, corn, asparagus and peppers!! xoxo

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