Sweet Potato Salsa

This sweet potato salsa is made with blackberries and pomegranates. The best of summer and winter in this versatile salsa.

Salsa in the middle of winter?

You can thank Mexican blackberries for $1.99/1.5 lbs. and my husband’s idea to therefore buy two packages of them for this recipe. There’s only so many berries one can eat in their breakfast.

Sweet Potato Salsa

The blackberries aren’t actually the focus of this salsa though, it’s all about the sweet potato. Specifically, those sweet potato chips from Trader Joe’s. They may have been the inspiration for this as I mind numbingly ate one chip after the next straight from the bag. So good.

Sweet Potatoes for Salsa

Craving a salsa in the middle of winter is kind of tough when tomatoes generally taste like chalk and most of your typical salsa add ins are way too pricey. So, I compromised.

Roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon for the winter element with pomegranate and blackberries for the sweet, fruity, tangy part you’d normally get in a summer salsa.

Sweet Potato Salsa Ingredients

These are the pomegranates that wouldn’t go away. This is the last of the arils from when I made these almost a month ago. I was getting incredibly sick of seeing that tupperware container in the fridge.

Sweet Potato Salsa with Blackberries

The best part about this salsa is that it’s light enough to eat on chips as a snack, but also hearty enough to serve as a side for dinner. I ate it both ways. In the same day.

Sweet Potato Salsa

Now I just need to figure out a way to use up the remaining 2.5 lbs. of blackberries. Strawberries and blueberries were also on sale. We have 7 different containers of berries in our fridge right now. H.e.l.p.

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet Potato Salsa

Sweet Potato Salsa

This sweet potato salsa is made with blackberries and pomegranates. The best of summer and winter in this versatile salsa.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Toss potatoes, olive oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and a generous amount of salt & pepper together in a large bowl.
  4. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, flip potatoes and add sliced shallots to the pan. Roast another 10-12 minutes.
  6. While potatoes and shallots are roasting, whisk together grapeseed oil, vinegar, honey and a dash of salt & pepper in a small bowl, set aside.
  7. When potatoes & shallots are done, transfer to a large bowl.
  8. Add red pepper, pomegranate, blackberries and parsley and toss together gently.
  9. Pour dressing into bowl and toss again.
  10. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  11. Serve warm.




    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hmmm, maybe blueberries? Anything fresh or tart really. You could even leave them out and it would still be good :)

  1. Amanda

    Your photos are beautiful – especially that 2nd to last one with the two chips and the berry in the center.

    This recipe is my kind of food. I love the combination of the sweet potatoes and blackberries. And having too many berries in the fridge is not a bad problem to have!

  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    What a cool idea! I love this – there are so many things you can do with salsa, but I’m never that creative on my own, haha. I’m jealous of your berry situation, berries are crazy expensive here right now, but I love them :(

  3. Deanna

    Sweet potatoes and blackberries together? Brilliant. I’m going to say freeze the berries and make smoothies with them when you’re no longer sick of them. Or make jam.

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