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Purple Potato Salad

Purple Potato Salad

Seems as though it’s the season for purple potatoes, here in Indiana at least. We came across these fancy spuds at the farmer’s market this weekend and couldn’t pass them up. The royal purple color is completely natural, but it’s so vibrant it looks artificial. We almost expected them to taste like grape bubble gum – but luckily, they taste just like potatoes.

Combined with the electric pink of peppery radishes, these potatoes make for quite the salad. We added a creamy dressing inspired by Jamie Oliver. It’s visually stunning and pairs well with just about anything. We found every bit of the prep worth it – for the novelty, at least!

As the season turns to things like purple potatoes and squashes, our lives seem to be turning to a new season as well. After months of house construction projects and our professional jobs taking every last second of our time, we’re finally (hopefully!) starting to see some signs of future relief. Margin, that magical concept that we’ve tried to start in practice, is on the horizon. It’s started with morning coffee on the porch, a lazy bicycle ride through our new neighborhood, rolling gnocchi while catching up with a dear friend…finally doing those things that aren’t on our checklist (like this spontaneous purple potato salad), and it feels so good.

Purple Potato Salad
Serves: 8 as a side
What You Need
  • 2 pounds purple potatoes
  • 8 radishes
  • 4 green onions
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
What To Do
  1. Rinse and scrub the potatoes. Fill a large pot with water and add a few pinches of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes until tender (test one with a fork to see if it slides through easily). Drain the potatoes and run them under cold water. Slip the skins off of the potatoes (if desired; it takes a bit of time but makes for a polished look), and cut them into bite sized pieces.
  2. Thinly slice 8 radishes and 4 green onions.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and add plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Mix to combine, and add additional kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately at room temperature. For leftovers, allow the salad come to room temperature and add a bit more fresh lemon juice and kosher salt prior to serving.
Inspired by Jamie Oliver


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  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Oh my!! Such a fun colour – and totally delicious sounding. I definitely need to find some of these purple potatoes.

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    September 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    That is the most gorgeous potato salad ever!

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    September 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I have never seen purple potatoes, but always wanted to try them! This is so pretty and the flavor sound awesome! I must find some soon!

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    anna maria
    September 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

    omg – so pretty! i guess i’ll have to pick up some purple potatoes next weekend :)

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    September 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

    This is so gorgeous! Love it.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    September 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Oh have you heard of purple sweet potatoes? I think they will go wonderfully here too. The colour is fabulous, and all the blue has go to be good for you right? :)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    September 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This salad is so beautiful! I need to get my mitts on some of these gorgeous taters.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    September 24, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Love the colors and addition of radishes. Yum!

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    September 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

    What a stunning dish! The colours are just lovely and it’s so bright and vibrant.

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Woaa, what a pretty looking salad, delicious.

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    September 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Woah, these are beautiful! Love purple potatoes, and looking forward to your big kitchen reveal :)

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    esther kim
    April 25, 2014 at 12:47 am

    omygosh!! that looks fantastic!!

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    June 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    This looks more than interesting. Unfortunately I never saw these in Europe at all. Any idea what causes the color?

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