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
beets, one red and one golden preferably (about 1 cup)
sweet plum or pluot, julienned (@ 1/2 cup)
cup fresh mango, julienne sliced
small carrots, preferably of different colors, julienned (@ 1 cup)
1 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly julienned
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
- 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.
- Squeeze the citrus juice over the salad.
- Drizzle with EVOO. Gently toss again. Serve slightly chilled.
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