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Easter 2012: Tri-Tip Roast & Sweet Potato Salad

I feel like I just posted last year’s Easter Menu and I’m not sure what happened; but here we are again!!

My favorite things about this time of year is seeing the almond orchards in bloom and the foothills turning green and knowing that my kids are in the home stretch towards summer vacation.  I also love having holiday conversations with my kids; for example, our 4 year old Rowan asked me yesterday, “Mom, why does the Easter Bunny go “boing, boing, boing,” and my lame reply, “Well, because he’s a bunny??” Rowan pondered this for a minute, looked up at me with wide eyes and said brightly, “Oh, ok!!”  Sweet sweet innocence.

Now on to the eats! I think I’ll be making several things from last years menu but I wanted to share with you a delicious Tri-Tip Roast recipe that would be perfect for a Sunday dinner (if you want to avoid the traditional ham, or even in addition to) and also I’ll share a recipe for what you can make with the leftover ham and all those hardboiled eggs!

I hope whatever you decide to do or eat this weekend; Easter related or not, that it involves family, fun, friends, and delicious food!!

Tri-Tip Roast

1 (3 lb) tri-tip roast

1 onion, thinly sliced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Coconut oil

1. Season the roast generously with salt and pepper on both sides.

2. Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  When the pan is nice and hot, place the roast in the hot oil and sear on all sides until browned all over.

3. Transfer the seared roast into a slow cooker and pour the vinegar over the roast.

4. Drizzle the top of the roast with the honey, sprinkle with the minced garlic, and top with the sliced onions.

5. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours or until the meat is tender and shreds easily.

6. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and use a fork to shred the meat.  Using a slotted spoon, remove the onions from the juices in the slow cooker and spread evenly over the top of the shredded roast.

7. Pour the juices from the slow cooker into a medium saute pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

8. Add the coconut milk to the pan and whisk together.  Bring back to a simmer and reduce the liquid down by half, whisking occasionally.

9. Pour the sauce over the roast and the onions and serve!

Sweet Potato and Egg Salad

2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small 1/2″ pieces

2 tablespoons coconut oil

5 hardboiled eggs, peeled and diced

1 cup leftover diced ham

2 tablespoons diced chives

2 tablespoons home made mayo

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the cut up sweet potatoes and saute until the the potatoes are browned and fork tender.  Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl add the diced eggs, ham, and chives.

3.  Add the cooked sweet potatoes, mayo, salt and pepper and mix well.

4. EAT!!!  YUM!!! GOOD!!!

Have a happy, wonderful, fun-filled weekend and as always, enjoy!

Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. John says:

    “Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours” seems like an error. (Unless we’re making Easter charcoal. 😉 Shouldn’t that be “low” temp?

    1. Jenn R. says:

      Since the earlier instruction is to transfer to a crock-pot, I think the temp is fine.

    2. Sarah says:

      In the slow cooker? Nope, for a 3 lb roast cooking on high for that long makes it fall apart tender.

  2. Alicia Kleppinger says:

    Hi Sarah! I would love to make this for our Sunday dinner. I was wondering if you have time to answer, is there another cut of meat that would work? In our beef share we seem to have a bunch of cross rib roasts, a sirloin tip and a rump roast but no tri tip. Any direction you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

    1. Sarah says:

      I would use the rump roast!!

      1. Alicia Kleppinger says:

        Awesome! Thanks so much!

        1. Alicia Kleppinger says:

          Just wanted to say thanks and let you know the roast turned out great! And my house smelled amazing!

  3. Adrienne says:

    We are having a very unPaleo Easter this year but this looks sooooo yummy I might just have to have it one day during the week!!!

  4. elizabeth says:

    what is tri tip roast?

    1. Sarah says:

      It’s the specific cut of meat but you can use whatever kind of roast you like it will work just the same!

      1. I used a rump roast… Couldnt find the other at my local market… The roast was amazing!!!!! Very easy, very good, I am just a one man household, so I ate it for a week! …and was sad when it was gone! hahah!

  5. That sounds great. I’m going to be working on Easter (time and a half) so I might make this Saturday for dinner!

  6. Perfect timing! I’ve been wondering what to do with that (grass-fed, of course) roast in my freezer. …and I just happen to have a bunch of sweet potatoes and fresh (free-range, or course) eggs on hand too. It’s like you were made for me.

  7. Looks Amazing Sarah! mmmmm!

  8. Morgan says:

    How many does the potato & egg salad serve?

    1. Sarah says:

      I would say probably 4-5!

  9. I was just thinking…”what am I going to cook for sunday?”. Now I know! Thanks Sarah:)

  10. Emily says:

    The sweet potato and egg salad was fabulous! That is my new breakfast of choice!!!

  11. Niki Sims says:

    OMG!! This was soo yummy! I knew when I took the first bite of the sweet potatoe salad last night I would have to come leave a comment today! Love all the recipes on here, but this was one of my favorite!!

  12. pam says:

    This sweet potato salad was awesome! I made it for my daughter’s bday party and it was so good I ate the leftovers for breakfast!

  13. Lori Ann says:

    Hi Sarah- I often wonder in recipes like this when it calls for coconut milk do you mean the kind in the can or the carton?

    1. Sarah says:

      The canned full fat kind! I love Native Forest Brand or Chaokoh.

      1. Lori Ann says:


  14. Both of these were really good. I also questioned the time in the slow cooker so was grateful for the comments. Didn’t have any ham so left it out of the salad. Again, sweet potatoes and eggs gave me pause, but you are converting me. Quickly.

  15. Lydia says:

    I didn’t see the part about transferring to a crock pot and made the mistake of leaving it in my slow cooker on high for 7 hours. And yes, it turned to charcoal. Just a word of warning: if keeping in a slow cooker for the entire time set it on low and add a good amount of water or chicken broth.

  16. So I was introduced to the Paleo diet by a friend, unfortunately I am allergic to coconut, so I can’t use most of the recipes, but I have heard rave reviews about your roast, is there a good substitute I could use for the coconut milk & oil? Thanks

  17. This looks really good, I can’t wait to make it. I love sweet potatoes!

  18. Marni G says:

    Super yum! Made the tri-tip this weekend my family loved it. Appreciate your site and all the great recipes.

  19. Slow cooking is new to me and I am confused. If you sear the meat in a pan first you can cook it in the slow cooker on high for 7 hours without burning it? If you do NOT sear the meat first and cook it in the slow cooker for 7 hours it will burn…right?

    1. Searing it first has nothing to do with making sure it doesn’t burn, searing the meat locks in the flavors and juices of the meat and you end up with a better tasting finished product. Hope that helps and happy slow cooking!

  20. This looks really good Appreciate your site and all the great recipes. Awesome! Thanks so much

  21. Awesome! Thanks so much!let you know the roast turned out great! And my house smelled amazing!Love all the recipes on here, but this was one of my favorites!! Visit Us

  22. Awesome! Thanks so much! The roast was amazing!!!!! Very easy, very good, The sweet potato and egg salad was fabulous! This was soo yummy! Thanks for sharing this post. Visit

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