Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Salad Bowls

These sweet potato nacho salad bowls are perfect when you’re craving crispy cheesy nachos but also feel like your body needs some greens. Gluten-free and vegetarian.

I don’t say it out loud enough, I am continually amazed by the blogging community. There are so many incredible women (and men) who started a blog as a fun pastime and now they are running their own businesses, impacting the health world and writing books! It’s pretty cool!

Speaking of… my friend Lindsay of Cotter Crunch, an OG blogger like me, just launched her first cookbook, Nourishing Superfood Bowls, and I’m so excited to give you a sneak peek today!

Loaded sweet potato nacho salad bowls bowls with sweet potato chips, baby spinach, jalapeño and fresh herbs.

While I’ve never actually met Lindsay in person, we’ve been online friends for quite some time now. Not only does she have incredible recipes on her blog, she is so real and personal. If you haven’t already, check her out! You’ll love her.

Now let’s dive into this gorgeous cookbook!

Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter

Are you a bowl person? I basically eat every meal out of a bowl. They just make more sense to me than plates! I don’t know what it is about plates — maybe it’s the fact that it’s way easier for food to slip off? Or how the heck are you supposed to eat every last bite from a plate? With a bowl you can at least scoop it up the side. 😉

I don’t know about you but we have two plate sizes over here, salad and dinner. The salad plates seem too small (especially for the meal-sized salads I like to eat) and our dinner plates often feel too large. Luckily I found a set of white shallow bowls from World Market. They’re technically soup bowls but I use them for everything!

Anyhow, when I found out Lindsay was creating a book dedicated to bowls, I knew I was going to L-O-V-E it — even before I saw any of the recipes. But now that I have the stunning book in my hands, I’m officially smitten.

Nourishing Superfood Bowls is packed with over 75 healthy and delicious gluten-free meals to fuel your day. And not only are all the recipes gluten-free, but many are also vegan, paleo and grain-free as well! Lindsay is a nutrition specialist and believes in food as fuel, food as medicine and food as a way to THRIVE! Yes, yes and yes!

Loaded sweet potato nacho salad bowls bowls with sweet potato chips, baby spinach, jalapeño and fresh herbs.

Today I get to share her sweet potato nacho salad bowls from the book! I love the idea of this recipe because it combines two of my favorite things: sweet potatoes and salads. I love my sweet potato croutons, but adding sweet potato chips (with a little cheese baked on them) to salad is on a whole new level. Like seriously… why didn’t I think of this?

I used Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar for the baked sweet potato chips and they were SO GOOD! Highly recommend.

Loaded sweet potato nacho salad bowls bowls with sweet potato chips, baby spinach, jalapeño and fresh herbs.

Lindsay mentions in the recipe that the avocado la crema sauce is optional but I have to tell you… don’t skip it! It’s so creamy and really brings the whole salad bowl together. Team avocado sauce all day, every day.

If you end up trying this recipe, please leave me a comment and a star rating letting me know what you think, and definitely check out Lindsay’s new cookbook, Nourishing Superfood Bowls. There are so many amazing recipes that I want to try — including these sticky date cake yogurt bowls.

Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Salad Bowls

5 from 3 votes
These sweet potato nacho salad bowls are perfect when you’re craving crispy cheesy nachos but also feel like your body needs some greens. Gluten-free and vegetarian.
Loaded sweet potato nacho salad bowls bowls with sweet potato chips, baby spinach, jalapeño and fresh herbs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


Sweet Potato Chips

  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced into thin chips
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 oz sliced aged cheddar


  • 3 cups greens
  • 1 cup white cannellini or black beans, cooked and drained
  • ½ large avocado, sliced


  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 green onion, green portion only, sliced
  • cup chopped or torn cilantro
  • Tabasco, optional
  • grated parmesan cheese, optional
  • crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Avocado La Crema Sauce

  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup avocado- or olive oil–based mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • ½ green onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or coat it well with cooking oil.
  • To make the sweet potato chips, toss the sweet potato slices with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place the sweet potato slices on the baking sheet and arrange the cheese slices on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the sweet potatoes are crispy. Broil for the last few minutes for extra-crispy chips. Remove and let cool slightly.
  • To make the avocado la crema sauce, if using, add all ingredients to a blender and blend well until creamy.
  • For the bowls, divide the sweet potato chips evenly between the two serving bowls. Add the greens, beans and avocado. Top each bowl with the jalapeño, green onions and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle on the avocado sauce, if desired, and Tabasco. Sprinkle with the parmesan and crushed red pepper, if desired.


Recipe reprinted with permission from Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter.


Serving: 1salad without avocado sauce Calories: 358kcal Carbohydrates: 46g Protein: 18g Fat: 13g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 10g
Course: Salad


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    1. Audrey Parent
      February 17, 2021 AT 6:51 pm

      Hi! Wanted to let you know I’ve been following you on instagram for a little while now and came across this recipe just today on your website – it was a total hit, we loved it! Everything we made so far has been amazing – looking forward to making many more recipes 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 18, 2021 AT 2:08 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear!! So glad it was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. CounselorChick
      November 16, 2020 AT 6:54 pm

      5 stars
      Made this for lunch. So EASY. And seriously delicious! Thanks yet again Brittany.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:34 pm

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!!

    3. Lindsay Cotter
      April 26, 2018 AT 12:18 am

      5 stars
      Britt!! I love ya! This looks so amazing and I truly wish I was there with you lunching. I must check out your croutons STAT!

    4. Cynthia Slomovitz
      April 25, 2018 AT 7:55 pm

      I purchased this book the other day, all the recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try some of them. Oh, and I agree, everything tastes better out of a bowl ?

    5. Deborah Rycus
      April 25, 2018 AT 10:30 am

      Hey Brit–what will happen if the mayo is not olive-oil or avocado-oil based? Will it still work?

      1. Lindsay Cotter
        April 26, 2018 AT 12:17 am

        Totally agree with Brittany! I love the olive or or avocado based mayo. Those oils are not refined and have more nutrients. But if you’re in a bind, any mayo works!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        April 25, 2018 AT 3:39 pm

        Hey Deborah. The recipe will definitely still work with regular mayo! I prefer olive or avocado oil mayo because it usually more nutrient dense but recipe wise using regular mayo won’t have any different effect.

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