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a large baked sweet potato sits on a white plate with plenty of Mediterranean inspired toppings.

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes - Easy 45 minute recipe

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Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes with crunchy roasted chickpeas, salad toppings from the Mediterranean diet, and a delicious and healthy yogurt salad dressing is the ideal easy mid-week meal option that’s whipped up in under 45 minutes.
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch, an easy side, or a delicious and filling dinner, this baked sweet potato recipe is vegetarian and includes a vegan option too (just make the sauce with a vegan yogurt).
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, bake, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, spanish
Servings 3 servings
Calories 831 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 large baking trays (for the sweet potatoes and chickpeas)
  • 1 medium mixing bowl (for the toppings)
  • 1 Small mixing bowl (for the yogurt salad dressing)

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes and Topping

  • 3 sweet potatoes approx 10oz/300g each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup sweet corn tinned or fresh
  • ¼ cup capers
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese optional
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Chickpeas

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin chili powder, and smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes optional for some spice

Dressing

  • 1 cup Greek Natural yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh chives chopped fine
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

Step 1 - Prepare and bake the sweet potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C /400°F.
    An oven dial turned up to 180C
  • Scrub and rinse your sweet potatoes. Cut lengthways.
    3 sweet potatoes
    Sweet potatoes cut lengthways and placed skin side up in an oven tray with olive oil
  • Add to a baking tray skin side up with some olive oil and seasoning.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Sweet potatoes cut lengthways and placed skin side up in an oven tray with olive oil
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until tender.
    two baked sweet potato halves sit on a white plate

Step 2 - Prepare chickpeas

  • In a large baking tray, add chickpeas, cumin, chili powder, and paprika along with some extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and season to taste with some salt and white pepper.
    1 can chickpeas, ½ teaspoon of ground cumin, 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
    A person adds spices to a tray of prepapred chickpeas.
  • Add to the oven (on a separate tray above the sweet potatoes) and bake for around 25 minutes or until they begin to crisp up.
    oven baked chickpeas with spices in a large oven tray

Step 3 - Prepare toppings

  • Prepare salad toppings by dicing your tomato and cucumber. Red onion is another optional ingredient that works well.
    1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 cup chopped tomatoes
    salad ingredients sit on a chopping board waiting to be prepared
  • Add the tomato, cucumber, olive oil, olives, capers, corn and half the feta cheese (if using it) and mix well. Crumble a little more feta on top of the salad and add a squeeze of fresh lemon. Set toppings aside for use later.
    ½ cup sweet corn, ¼ cup capers, ¼ cup black olives, 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed, 2 tablespoons feta cheese, Salt & pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil
    salad ingredients are mixed in a large red bowl.

Step 4 - Prepare yogurt salad dressing

  • Add Greek yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic, and chives to a mixing bowl.
    1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes, 1 cup Greek Natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon Fresh chives, 2 cloves Garlic, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar, Salt
    ingredients used for making the yogurt salad dressing are laid out on a counter
  • Whisk ingredients together until a thick, creamy consistency. Season to taste with some salt and cracked white pepper.
    Healthy yogurt salad dressing
  • Continue to whisk while adding a tablespoon or two of fresh water. This will thin out the dressing and give a better consistency for drizzling. Add more water if you want a thinner dressing texture.
    Healthy yogurt salad dressing

Step 5 - Plate and serve

  • Add baked sweet potato to a plate (skin side down). Use a fork to break up the center of the sweet potato.
    two baked sweet potato halves sit on a white plate
  • Add toppings, roasted chickpeas, some crumbled feta cheese, and drizzle with some of the salad dressing.
    a large baked sweet potato sits on a white plate with plenty of Mediterranean inspired toppings.
  • Serve while sweet potatoes are still hot.
    a large baked sweet potato sits on a white plate with plenty of Mediterranean inspired toppings.

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Notes

All nutritional facts are estimates and are based on a 250 g serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 831kcalCarbohydrates: 132gProtein: 24.7gFat: 25.6gSaturated Fat: 3.4gSodium: 468mgPotassium: 2944mgFiber: 28.7gSugar: 14.5gCalcium: 174mgIron: 9mg
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