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Simple Herb Sweet Potato Recipe

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4.8 from 6 reviews


All-star sweet potato recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with fresh herbs, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. Vegan. Gluten Free.


  • 3 lb/1360.78 g  sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Water
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp/1.10 g  ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp/1.05 g sweet paprika
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • Generous handful chopped fresh parsley
  • Generous handful chopped fresh mint
  • 3 to 5 fresh garlic cloves, chopped (start with small amount if not sure)
  • 3 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts chopped


  1. Place sweet potatoes in a large pot and add just enough water to cover them. Boil for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender (test with a fork, it should go through easily). Drain.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Season well with kosher salt and pepper; add spices. Add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and toss gently to combine.
  3. Add fresh parsley, mint, garlic and scallions. Toss gently again to combine. Test and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and set aside a few minutes to allow flavors to meld a bit before serving. Enjoy!


  • Cook's tip: If you're unsure about the garlic, begin with a smaller amount, you can always go up. You can also leave the garlic out if you prefer.
  • Prepare-ahead tip: You can prepare this recipe ahead a couple different ways. 1- Follow the recipe up to step #3. Let potatoes cool, then store in tight-lid glass container and refrigerate for up to one night. Bring to room temperature before serving. Note, flavors will be pretty strong especially if you have used all 5 garlic cloves.2- Another prepare-ahead option is to cook the sweet potatoes in advance (step #1) but do not add the remaining ingredients until you are ready to serve. Again, let potatoes cool completely, then store in a tight-lid glass container in the fridge. Bring them to room temperature, add remaining ingredients. You can give it a few minutes still before serving to allow flavors to meld.
  • Recommended for this recipe: Early Harvest or Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives.) SAVE! Grab our Greek EVOO Bundle!
  • Recommended for this recipe: all-natural nutmeg, sweet paprika, and cardamom. SAVE! create your own 3-pack with all 3 spices, or try our Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle! 
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Side Dish/Vegan
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean