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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

emilyrose1234's Review

emilyrose1234
July 29, 2012
This was pretty good. I cut up the cabbage and lettuce to make more of a dinner salad too. I liked the vinaigrette, but it wasn't amazing. Overall, a unique salad, but I don't need to make it again.

NotJuliaChild's Review

NotJuliaChild
December 19, 2011
Definitely a fresh tasting salad. We didn't have yukon gold or sweet potatoes, so we just used red potatoes and that was pretty delicious, which I thought it would be bland and starchy. We didn't use beets either, but I imagine that would be pretty delightful. Then we hand shredded the lettuce for more of a dinner salad instead of a platter salad. We used the viniagrette, which complimented the potatoes and other vegetables well. We didn't use the dipping sauce since we used it more as a dinner salad. We also added grilled chicken becuase I like to have protein with my salads. Definitely will make again!