BBQ Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Bacon Salad

Sweet and salty foods. They are my jam. My life. Okay, that may be a tad dramatic but still. You get my point. They are the best! And this BBQ sweet potato, chickpea and bacon salad is no exception.

Recipe for sweet and salty BBQ sweet potato, chickpea and bacon salad. With roasted veggies, fresh pineapple, crispy bacon and a creamy BBQ sauce dressing!

Sweet fresh pineapple. Salty bacon. Chickpeas. Roasted sweet potato and corn. A creamy dressing made from BBQ sauce and greek yogurt. Happiness happiness happiness.

Although it was not quite a happy household when I made this salad for the first time. You see, the husband and I have a deal. We don’t eat bacon very often, so when I buy it, I promise to pick up a few extra slices just for the husband to enjoy. He loves bacon and well, I can take it or leave it most of the time.

The problem? I tend to forget about this deal. And there may or may not have been a small disagreement over whether all the bacon should go into the salad or be handed over as part of said deal. I tried to hide the bacon (who does this?) in order to save the salad.

The moral of this story? One, don’t try to hide bacon. It’s an impossible feat. And two? For those of you who are vegetarians, this salad is still delicious without the bacon. Yes, I lost that battle.

Recipe for sweet and salty BBQ sweet potato, chickpea and bacon salad. With roasted veggies, fresh pineapple, crispy bacon and a creamy BBQ sauce dressing!

So! Let’s talk salad. We already covered the fact that it’s sweet and salty, so we’ll move along to the components.

We have some roasted sweet potato, fresh corn and red onion. We have some chickpeas, some chopped pineapple, some bacon, some romaine lettuce.

We’ll tie it all together with a super easy dressing made from BBQ sauce and greek yogurt. We’re keeping this nice and simple since it is summer after all.

I personally love to serve this salad with cornbread, since in my opinion, it is made to go with BBQ anything. I even whipped up a whole batch just to use when I took pictures of this dish.

Recipe for sweet and salty BBQ sweet potato, chickpea and bacon salad. With roasted veggies, fresh pineapple, crispy bacon and a creamy BBQ sauce dressing!

And then I went and forgot to actually put the cornbread in the photos. Even though it was sitting right there on the counter. Again, who does this??

BBQ Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Bacon Salad
 
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
For the veggies:
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 ½ pounds), cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 to 2 ears of corn)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or more as needed
  • salt, if needed (to taste)
For the salad:
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 5 to 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
Instructions
To make the veggies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Add the red onion, sweet potatoes and corn to a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the garlic, salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread in an even layer. Bake for about 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until all the veggies are tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
To make the dressing:
  1. While the veggies are cooling, make the dressing.
  2. Add the BBQ sauce, greek yogurt and olive oil to a small bowl and whisk until combined and smooth (depending on how thick or thin your BBQ sauce and greek yogurt are, use more of the olive oil to get it to a consistency that you can drizzle / pour easily). Taste and add salt if needed (again, it will depend on your BBQ sauce).
To assemble:
  1. Divide the lettuce evenly among four plates. Top each with some of the cooled roasted veggies, the chickpeas, pineapple and bacon. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and serve immediately.
Notes
I cook the bacon in a skillet while the veggies are roasting - this way it doesn't add any extra time!

This is my favorite BBQ sauce (<--- affiliate link!). It's on the thinner side of BBQ sauces which works well here for the dressing.

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Cookie Monster Cooking