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Crunchy Vegetable Salad

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup salad, 1 1/2 teaspoons vinaigrette, and about 1 1/2 tablespoons dipping sauce)
Traditional West African meals are not served in courses. Some families, like my friends the Komaclos, borrow a French custom and start meals with a plate of crudités--crisp vegetables that add color to the meal. The dipping sauce, similar to Thousand Island dressing, combines light mayonnaise and cocktail sauce.

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 1 cup (3/4-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold potato
  • 1 cup (3/4-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled
  • 3 small beets (about 8 ounces)
  • 10 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 10 small red cabbage leaves
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 dried habanero chiles
  • 1/2 cup prepared cocktail sauce
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of ground ginger

Nutrition Information

  • calories 125
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 4.2 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 2.7 g
  • carbohydrate 20.7 g
  • fiber 3.7 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 425 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare salad, place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add cauliflower and broccoli. Cook 1 minute or until crisp-tender. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Add cauliflower mixture to potatoes. Using a vegetable peeler, scrape carrots from tip to stem to make long ribbons. Add carrot to potato mixture, tossing gently to combine. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain; cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Cut beets into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange lettuce and cabbage leaves alternately on a large platter.

  2. To prepare vinaigrette, combine thyme and next 5 ingredients (thyme through 1/8 teaspoon black pepper), stirring with a whisk. Add oil, stirring well to combine; drizzle vinaigrette over lettuce. Spoon potato mixture over lettuce; top with beets.

  3. To prepare dipping sauce, place chiles in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground. Place 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground chile in a medium bowl (reserve remaining ground chile for another use). Add cocktail sauce and remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine. Serve with vegetables.