Thursday, November 21, 2013

Purple Potato Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Purple potato ...looks  like the pansies or lavender heads on top of the salad don't they...:)


When turkey takes the center stage for Thanksgiving the side dishes that satisfy everyone's taste is still a struggle.Gets even more brains racking if there are vegans in the group.Why settle for everyday stuff when you have a crowd pleaser salad with citrusy vinaigrette to impress.:))
This salad has everything that cuts through the richness of other creamy dishes happening alongside with a citrusy mint vinaigrette with a tinge of sweetness to cleanse ur palate.

 The measurements given here are approximate so play around with the recipe.You can never go wrong with a salad !



I prefer to cut the veggies into bite size pieces since the person who eats can see the  veggie they don't eat like onions.
Salad ingredients:
Purple potato - medium size -4
Persian cucumber- 2-3 cut into thin rounds
Grape tomatoes- 8 cut into two
White onion - 1/2 of 1 - small cubes
Spring onion -3 strands chopped
Pomegranate -1/4 of 1

Method:
1.Potato has a tendency to get mushy when boiled in water so  I usually steam it in a steamer just until a knife can be inserted without any effort. Once cool peel of the skin and cut into 6 pieces.
2.Arrange all the veggies on a platter and drizzle  the vinaigrette evenly on top only as much as needed ,do not mix too much.




Grapefruit Vinaigrette:
Grapefruit -1/2 of 1
Lime - 1/2 of 1
EV Olive oil - 1/4 cup
Mint leaves- a few (torn intosmall pieces)
Crushed pepper and Salt to taste.
Sugar or honey - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Squeeze the juice from the grape fruit and lime remove seeds ,strain if u like then add sugar,salt and pepper mix well then drizzle EV Olive oil slowly while u continue mixing with one hand.So the oil does not separate from the vinaigrette.

Note :

  • Do not make the vinaigrette too much in advance as the grapefruit juice may turn bitter.
  • If you crush the mint leaves too much it will turn black and look unappetizing.


If you are looking for really spicy I mean the Indian spicy then here is a recipe for Turkey. All the rest are mild the link to each one is below the pic.
LINKS HERE :  Spicy Roasted TurkeyCranberry sauceRoasted Fig and Beet SaladSauteed Brussels SproutsWine Poached Pear


Hope to hear from you lovely people out there.
Meena

Do check out other Thanksgiving recipes too .

Feed Me Phoebe: Swiss Chard Gratin
The Lemon Bowl: Quinoa with Acorn Squash, Apples and Walnuts
Jeanette's Healthy Living: 16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Nancy's Vodka Cranberries
Weelicious: Maple Roast Vegetables
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Easy Mushroom-Chile Risotto
Red or Green: Schezwan Green Beans
Domesticate Me: Sweet Potato Gratin with Pancetta, Parmesan and Sage
Virtually Homemade: Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Purple Potato Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
The Sensitive Epicure: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Rosemary
The Heritage Cook: Maple-Roasted Root Vegetables
Food For My Family: Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine
Dishin & Dishes: Twice baked Sweet Potatoes
Devour: Top In Season Thanksgiving Sides
FN Dish: 10 Seasonal Thanksgiving Sides
Taste With The Eyes: A Fresh California Twist on Brussels Sprouts

38 comments:

  1. Love the vinaigrette recipe, blue potatoes are very healthy.

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  2. healthy and colorful salad...very beautiful presentation Meena...

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  3. What a lovely spread Meena.....hmm, I had never heard or seen purple potatoes before....like u said they do give the lavender look on top of salad

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    1. Thank you Anupa.Purple potatoes are available in Sprouts and many other grocery chains.They will look blackish with peel.They come in bags too.Try an assorted bag of tiny ones to get the taste.Other than the color I do not find too much difference.

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    2. I am a usual visitor to Sprouts since it is just next doors...I will check it out during my next visit.....my husband says its unusual of me to not have seen it in Sprouts since my eyes work like spy in the grocery section :).... and he liked ur salad spread that he sat with me as I scrolled down through ur older posts which is not really him when it comes to blogs :) and he says u r really creative

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    3. Lol spy...after I started the blog I too look forward to grocery shopping until then it was just for survival.
      Please tell a big Thank you to ur husband, Anupa.I feel so happy today.I understand how men usually think of blogging sometimes even mine :)

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  4. hearing purple potatoes for the first time...the platter looks very attractive dear...lovely presentation :)

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  5. I need to touch your feet, you are absolutely genius when it comes to photography, what a drool worthy pictures you are taking, I have no words for it and salad itself is tempting.

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    1. OMG Linsy... thats too high a comment:) Thank you for the kind words dear.

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  6. For me purple potatoes are very new .So if i get a bag i can do whole bunch of the same ingredients that i do with regular potatoes.hmm you gave me some ideas . I know about grape fruits but havent tasted it or in vinegrette form.So def a salad lover will grab this whole bowl.

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    1. Sathya, small bags (around 600gm) with tiny potatoes are available or u can unpacked larger ones like u buy the regular potato.Grapefruit is something like our musambi and orange.You cannot peel it like the orange we get in India instead cut into two and squeeze or scoop the pulp with a spoon.Try it u will like it I think. :)

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  7. Everything is gorgeous, the contrast of colors and the outcome.

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  8. wow very healthy salad...where did you get that purple potato..very inviting ..looks so awesome...

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    1. Thank you Bhavana. U get them in most grocery chains, I bought this one from Asian store.

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  9. Beautiful clicks and the salad looks refreshing and inviting.

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  10. Omigosh..I love this so much! The colour's amazing!

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  11. Mesmerizing pics Meena.. Just love the colors. Very nice recipe and hope to make it soon,, :-) Thank you for the link for the Thanksgiving recipes

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    1. Thank you so much Rekha do let me know the outcome pl.

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  12. Purple potato, Have never tried it. How unique, Meena..the whole salad and gorgeous too. This'll make a great Thanksgiving side, for sure. I want to try the vinaigrette so bad,since my lunch is salad this would be a great alternative to my sad lemon juice/oil concoction.

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    1. Thank you Tisa.Do try it and let me know pl.

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  13. What a stunning potato salad! I love the rainbow colors. I made roasted cauliflower using purple, orange and golden cauliflower and loved the way it turned out. Always so nice when the natural beauty of fresh vegetables shines through.

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    1. Thank you so much Jeanette I am so glad u liked it.

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  14. OMG Meena! Would never have thought there are purple potatoes even in my dreams... This salad looks really really good dear :-)

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  15. Hey I can just look at it and be content Meena. It is soooo beautiful. What lovely colours! I have been so caught up with those blue potatoes ever since I saw someone mentioning them in a cookery show. Love that Vinaigrette too :)

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  16. hearing purple potatoes for the first time...the platter looks very attractive dear...lovely presentation :) i didnt feel like closing ur page n move on to next .. was just staring staring at the pics.. Wow they r so colorful..

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  17. Wow its amazing..What a presentation dear..never heard about purple potato I don't have any word to describe that platter..

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  18. Tempting & colorful salad, I've never seen purple potatoes before. Your photography is spectacular, such stunning shots.

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  19. such a riot of colors and fresh flavors in this salad...only to look at it is making us crave it...delicious :-)

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  20. Very colorful salad for any time Meena, It will be wonderful addition to thanksgiving table. Love the vinaigrette,I think I can take them as go vinaigrette from now on,

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