Sweet potato fries + mango salsa & coriander sauce

I’m 100% aware of the fact that mango salsa is totally not the seasonal thing to pair with sweet potato fries right now… but if you, like me, have been subjected to 7+ days of gloom & rain, you’ll understand why I needed to make this! If the sun refuses to shine outside, then I’ll have to create my own in here.

  Sweet potato fries loaded with spicy mango salsa and coriander sauce.

Sweet potato fries loaded with spicy mango salsa and coriander sauce.

My initial plan for this mango salsa was to make it as part of this amazing Caribbean bowl that my friend Lydia had at Live Organic Food Bar in Toronto, and which she very generously (!!) let me try. The bowl was packed with quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, plantain cakes, mango salsa, and coriander sauce, and it was magnificent. Like sunshine in a bowl, basically. So I set out to my favourite Turkish supermarket and grabbed myself a ton of fresh coriander, a juicy mango, and my first-ever plantains … and then I was so hungry when I got home that I was in no mood to look up how to cook plantains. So I simply made a trusty favourite: sweet potato fries. I had the time while they were in the oven to whip up some salsa and some coriander sauce, and it turns out that these things are delicious on their own!

Sweet potato fries loaded with spicy mango salsa and coriander sauce.

The plantains are still sitting on my counter and I’m looking forward to experimenting… but so far I’ve been very satisfied with these sweet potato fries for lunch. I’m nothing if not a creature of habit!

Weirdly enough, I usually scoff at the idea of putting fruit in salsa (I’m sorry!), and I have to be in a very specific mood to crave sweet potato… which I guess is probably a pretty good indicator of how dire the how no-sunshine situation has gotten. 😛 Give me all of the bright sunshine-coloured things!

Sweet potato fries loaded with spicy mango salsa and coriander sauce.

I’m giving you my method to making sweet potato fries, but I don’t claim to be the master. These are not the crispy, deep-fried beauties you can get at a bar – they get nice and brown on the edges and soft inside, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them crispy. Still, these satisfy my little heart, and this is more about the combination of these lovely things than about the specific recipe – so use whatever method you trust best!

An update before I leave you: the sun is peaking out of the clouds right now so I am HEADING OUT! WAHOO!!!

Sweet potato fries + mango salsa & coriander sauce

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: the salsa and coriander sauce are enough for 4-6 portions

Sweet potato fries + mango salsa & coriander sauce


Mango salsa
1 ripe mango, peeled & finely diced
1 tomato, deseeded & finely diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
big handful of coriander, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
pinch of salt
1/2 chili pepper, minced (optional)
Coriander sauce
4 cups fresh coriander, stems & leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
Sweet potato fries
sweet potatoes, cut into pinky finger-sized fries
olive oil


1. Preheat the oven to 225c/435f.
2. In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potato slices with a pinch of salt and just enough oil to coat - about 1 tbsp. Line the slices evenly on a baking sheet (I like to line mine) and then pop into the oven for about 10-15 minutes, then flip and return to the oven until the edges are nice and toasty - about 25 minutes 10-15 more minutes or so.
3. While the fries are in the oven, prepare the salsa by popping all of the ingredients together and then roughly blending so that you are left with a saucy but still chunky salsa.
4. To make the coriander sauce, simply blend all ingredients together until smooth.
5. When the sweet potato fries are done, you're ready to eat. Pop your fries onto a plate, then top with some of the salsa and coriander sauce.* Enjoy!


*I like to eat these with a fork, poutine-style, because the salsa is quite heavy and chunky and it can be difficult to dip fries into it. If you prefer to dip, you could blend the salsa until quite smooth, or use thick, regular potato wedges instead - they'll hold up better to that weight!



  1. Marjolein says

    Hmmm, this looks so delicious! I crave for some sunshine too, this is basically just sunshine in a bowl 😀
    Learned a new word btw – plantains!

    • sophie says

      I still haven’t tried to work with them!! I think today’s the day. I’ll let you know if it goes well!!

  2. says

    Sweet potato fries are the bomb!!! I could eat them every day!! I love mango salsa too but have never thought about combining it with fries. You are brilliant, my friend, and I’m definitely trying this combo next time i pick up a mango :)

    • sophie says

      I wish I could say it was my idea but it was 100% inspired by that Caribbean bowl!! (Still haven’t touched those plantains… whoopsie..)

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