Purple Potato And String Bean Salad With Lemon
So why purple potatoes, you might ask? Well there isn't necessarily a specific reason, however they did look amazing at the farmers market, and who doesn't love the fun color? One thing to keep in mind with these potatoes, or any produce, is that the deeper and richer the color, the more nutrients and health benefits that produce will have! Compared to white potatoes, purple potatoes happen to be very rich in antioxidant phytochemicals--similar to those found in other powerhouse foods such as blueberries. These antioxidants are most known for their immunity boosting and cancer fighting properties. The best part about the potatoes is that they taste remarkably similar to their white fleshed counterpart, so sub them into any recipe you would normally use regular potatoes for a fun variation that adds a pop of color.
1 lb purple potatoes (or you could use red or yukon gold if you don't have purple)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb of multicolored string beans (or regular green beans)
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
2 tsp brown mustard
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp chives, minced
1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 F and get a pot of water boiling.
Scrub the potatoes to remove any dirt and cut into quarters, lengthwise. Mince the garlic and chop the oregano. Toss the potatoes in the olive oil, garlic, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Potatoes are done when they are fork tender.
While the potatoes roast, trim your green beans. Grab a steamer insert for your pot and put the green beans in that, then place over boiling water and steam for 3 minutes. You don't want mushy green beans so do not steam any longer than 3 minutes. Immediately after steaming the beans, shock them in a bowl of ice water to retain the bright color and nutrients of the beans.
Slice the red onion into very thin slices. Feel free to use a mandolin if you'd like. Chop up the fresh chive, cilantro, and flat leaf parsley.
To make the dressing, whisk mustard, lemon, and olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine 1/2 the dressing with the green beans and onions and allow the flavor to absorb.
When potatoes are done, combine everything together in a bowl and add a little more dressing. The potatoes will absorb the most flavor while they are still warm. Feel free to add all the dressing or just a little bit more. This can be done completely to taste! The last step is to toss in all those fresh herbs you chopped.
Enjoy a big bowl as a meal, or serve as a summer side dish with some grilled chicken or shrimp.
231 calories, 13.5 g fat, 27.5 g carbohydrate, 4.1 g fiber, 4.6 g protein