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First Day of Fall: Apple & Pear Potato salad

Posted Sep 22 2010 11:48am

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!

Apple & Pear Potato Salad Recipe

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  • 7 or 8 large red potatoes
  • 2 large green apples
  • 2 Asian pears
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (or other nuts or seeds)
  • 1/4 cup Nayonaise (or other mayonnaise spread)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • kosher salt

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.

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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. 

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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…

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And add to the bottom of a large mixing bowl. 

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Roughly chop the fresh basil and throw that on top.

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Next up – pears!  I think you see where this is going – into the bowl!

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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!

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Once the potatoes are fork tender, remove the steamer basket and let them cool for a few minutes.

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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!

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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.

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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!  :)

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This recipe is really simple and fast, but sometimes those are the best ones, right?

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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.

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First fall recipe for the first day of fall.  But many, many more to come this season.  Enjoy!


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