Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with roasted garlic, avocado and tomato salsa (delicious, vegetarian and vegan). If you love sweet potatoes, this recipe is for you! Jump to the Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe with Tomato Avocado Salsa or read on to see how we make it.
Sweet potatoes are a regular sight in our kitchen — we’ve already shared a few of our favorite ways to cook them. This would make the perfect dinner to put together when you need something healthy and satisfying on the table fast. The salsa can even be made a day or two in advance.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Another vegetarian-friendly recipe for Creamy Avocado Sweet Potato Noodles. We show you how to make noodles out of sweet potatoes (with a spiralizer and without). The noodles are healthy, dairy-free, satisfying and quick. See the Creamy Avocado Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe
How to Choose, Prep and Bake Sweet Potatoes
Let’s start with a quick “How to Bake a Sweet Potato” tutorial. It’s easy, you can do it ahead of time and it’s practically hands off.
You’ve surely noticed that there can be a few different varieties to choose from when it comes to sweet potatoes. Whether they are pale gold or darker orange you can use them interchangeably. By the way, the darker orange varieties are often labeled as yams, which is wrong! Weird, I know.
So we don’t really care about the color, but we do care about how they feel. Choose potatoes that are firm and have smooth skin.
If you’re baking all the sweet potatoes at the same time, it’s also a good idea to choose potatoes that are similar in size. This way, they’ll all bake within the same amount of time.
Just before baking, you’ll want to scrub them — a vegetable scrubbing brush is helpful, although I’ll usually use my hands.
Next, grab a fork or pairing knife and pierce the potatoes in several places. Place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and then bake in a 400 degree F oven until the potatoes are very soft and are beginning to ooze. Depending on the size, you are looking at 45 minutes to an hour.
Make Ahead Tips
Sweet Potatoes can be baked in advance! Bake the potatoes just as I explained above then let them cool completely (the potatoes will soften and ooze even more as they cool).
Cover the potatoes and refrigerate up to 5 days. You can enjoy them at room temperature or simply reheat for 20 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven.
Making the Roasted Garlic, Tomato, and Avocado Salsa
Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about this insanely delicious salsa.
Remember how we bake the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet? Well, we also throw a few unpeeled garlic cloves on there too. This way, as the potatoes bake, so does the garlic. It gets sticky, soft and a little chewy.
When it’s roasted, squeeze the roasted garlic into a bowl with tomatoes, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Everything is tossed with salt and pepper and then is ready to top our perfectly baked sweet potatoes!
A+J’s Tip: Add a little healthy protein to the salsa with beans — black beans or chickpeas would be great. See how we cook dried chickpeas, here
The potatoes are soft and sweet and the salsa is fresh, bright, and full of flavor.
If you love sweet potatoes, be sure to check out our Easy Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries (so simple), these Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans (utterly delicious side dish) and Our Favorite Roasted Vegetables Recipe.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, review it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #inspiredtaste on Instagram. Happy cooking!
Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with roasted garlic, avocado and tomato salsa. When choosing sweet potatoes, look for potatoes that are firm, have smooth skin, and are similar in size.
You Will Need
4 medium sweet potatoes
3 unpeeled garlic cloves
1 teaspoon olive oilTomato-Avocado Salsa
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium avocado, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 lime wedge
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Bake Sweet Potatoes
- Make Salsa
- To Finish
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub sweet potatoes and pierce in several places with a fork. Link a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the potatoes on top.
Toss unpeeled garlic cloves with olive oil and place on the baking sheet with potatoes.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes, until very soft and beginning to ooze.
Once baked, remove roasted garlic cloves then peel. The flesh inside should be sticky, chewy and soft. Roughly chop them into small pieces and add to a medium bowl.
Cut the jalapeño pepper in half, lengthwise, and use a spoon to scrape out the white membrane and seeds. Since the membrane and seeds can be very spicy, we prefer removing them. You can leave some or all of the membrane and seeds depending on how spicy you like things.
Finely chop the jalapeño and add to bowl with garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Cut a slit down the middle of each sweet potato and fill with tomato-avocado salsa.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Make-Ahead: Sweet Potatoes can be baked in advance! Bake the sweet potatoes and garlic until very soft and beginning to ooze then allow to cool completely (the potatoes will soften and ooze even more as they cool). Cover and refrigerate up to 5 days. Reheat for 20 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.