Vegan Lunch: Sweet Potato and Chives on Avocado Toast


In this week’s vegan lunch column for Food52, I’m extolling the virtues and variety of avocado toast. When it comes to this simple, stress-free, and comforting lunchtime (or anytime) staple, there is no end of possibility. Some of my favorite varieties include:

  • Heirloom tomato & sprouts
  • Coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • Fresh microgreens and thinly shaved radishes
  • Chili flakes and a dusting of smoked paprika
  • Mango and black beans

Basically, you could put anything on avo toast and I’d happily eat it, but this time around I wanted to use some of the produce I’ve been finding at the farmers’ market this month: sweet potatoes, chives, and spicy arugula. I peeled, cubed, and steamed the sweet potato before tossing it with a little olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and a generous handful of chopped chives. After smooshing half a fresh avocado onto two slices of toast, I piled on the sweet potato mixture and a little arugula. Extra arugula (topped with leftover balsamic vinaigrette) went on the side. This super simple plate had it all: sweet, salty, crunchy, spicy, and even a hint of tartness from lemon and vinegar.


Next time, I’ll remember a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Because that just sounds like heaven.

I’m excited to jazz up my avo toast with all sorts of summer produce combinations, and to share them with you, of course! Happy weekend, one and all.


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Categories: Main Dishes
Ingredients: Sweet Potato
Dietary Preferences: Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love avocado toast! It’s such a comfort food, especially after a long day when I have no energy to make something fancy. I often serve it next to arugula too, and usually just top it with nooch and chalupa chile garlic sauce (weird, I don’t know what possessed me to try that). But now I’m going to experiment with other options. Arugula/walnut pesto? I’m hungry.

  2. Well I must confess this and the Food 52 article are making me feel just a little petulant (not my normal state) about my toast less workplace. Maybe it’s time for me to hide a gluten free bread only toaster underneath my desk?

  3. Why do even the most basic things you create look so incredible? I can’t wait to put avocado and sweet potato together now. By the way, I wrote about you in my most recent post! 🙂

  4. That does look really really good. Perhaps we will never tire of the “butter on toast” comfort 🙂