Madras plaid salad, take two

By • August 5, 2010 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: The madras blend of fruits and vegetable remain fresh and vibrant with their all colors in this salad. I really like all the contrasts- sweet and sour, crunchy and soft, bright and dark. When I first made this salad I had many additional ingredients, most of which were grated. In the revised version, I am suggesting threadlike julienne instead. You can then toss and "weave" the ingredients together, loosely like thread woven into a cloth, with a very simple light dressing to accentuate the madras plaid effect. Sagegreen

Serves 4

  • 2 beets, one red and one golden preferably (about 1 cup)
  • 1 sweet plum or pluot, julienned (@ 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango, julienne sliced
  • 2 small carrots, preferably of different colors, julienned (@ 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly julienned
  • 8 lemon verbena leaves, rolled and snipped
  • pinch of cumin, optional
  • pinch of kosher or pink Himalayan coarse salt
  • juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer, or sweet lime
  • juice from half a sweet orange
  • drizzle of EVOO, first cold press preferred
  1. Assembly all of the salad ingredients, julienne sliced (about an inch and a half long) in a bowl, allowing their colors to bleed into one another. Add the herb, optional spice, and salt. Gently toss to intermingle the ingredients.
  2. Squeeze the citrus juice over the salad.
  3. Drizzle with EVOO. Gently toss again. Serve slightly chilled.
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Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen, I cannot keep up with all of your truly lovely and beautiful salads! I'm just so glad it is the beginning of summer so I can work my way through each one!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, lori!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Spectacular colors, reallly beautiful!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, sdebrango. I hope this version is happier.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love the title - I remember when madras everything was all the rage.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, b. I have revised this recipe a lot, which I hope is in the right direction. Now, the julienned fruits can actually weave with the vege to create a true bleeding madras plaid.

Me

over 3 years ago wssmom

This looks so familiar -- I remember wearing Madras shorts as a teenager!! How beautiful!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

LOL, thanks!

Gator_cake

over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Wow! Love the variety of ingredients you've used. Can't wail till my plum and pluot trees are producing.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, this was a post from the summer I thought I would submit to make entry no. 200 to carrot week. Quite a boat load of entries this week!

Annalbu

almost 4 years ago AppleAnnie

This sounds like a salad I would love to eat.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, AppleAnnie!

Dscn2828

almost 4 years ago JoanG

This is absolutely beautiful, and such an interesting and unusual combination! Would love to try it.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you so much. In this version the beets are used raw. It is really healthy and tasty!