You guys are in luck – it’s a double post day over here! Now that you guys have seen my pretty new kitchen , it’s time to put it to work. Today’s recipe is a blend of a few of my favorite things – fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Often I find that people tend to combine veggies together and fruits together, but freeze at the thought of putting everything in one big happy bowl. No worries, I will do it for you. And what could be more perfect than a fun fall potato salad on the first official day of fall!
To Prepare: First things first, add a shallow layer of water to your stock pot – just enough to steam the potatoes. Crank the heat up and wait for a boil. In the meantime, prep your potatoes.
I picked up these gorgeous red potatoes at last weekend’s farmers market, and I couldn’t wait to turn them into something delicious. Cut the potatoes into quarters (and even eighths for the larger potatoes), and then add to a steamer basket.
Steam the potatoes for about 10 minutes, or until soft enough to poke easily with a fork. While the potatoes steam, you can prep the rest of your ingredients. Dice up you apples…
And add to the bottom of a large mixing bowl.
Roughly chop the fresh basil and throw that on top.
Next up – pears! I think you see where this is going – into the bowl!
And for a little crunch factor with an extra kick of healthy fat, toss in a 1/2 cup of pepitas, or other nut of your choice. Sliced almonds would be good too!
Once the potatoes are fork tender, remove the steamer basket and let them cool for a few minutes.
Then add them to the bowl with your fruit, nuts, and herbs, and give it a good toss. Top with Nayonaise and lemon juice, mix well, and salt generously to taste. EASY AS THAT!
I love potato salad, but I hate when the potatoes are so coated in heavy dressings that you lose the natural flavor of the vegetables. I love this combination of a light mayo along with citrus – giving it just the right amount of binding without overwhelming the bowl.
I got a weeeee bit distracted by my email (not surprising) and let my potatoes cook about one minute too long, leaving it a little mushy looking. It happens to the best of us! :)
This recipe is really simple and fast, but sometimes those are the best ones, right?
As much as I love fresh berries and melon, there is nothing more exciting than the arrival of crisp apples, juicy pears, winter squash, and all of the other delicious fall foods.
First fall recipe for the first day of fall. But many, many more to come this season. Enjoy!