Almost too pretty to eat! This twist on traditional potato salad is packed with nutrients and tastes as wonderful as it looks. Bright purple potatoes and deep green asparagus make a lovely addition to any table.
Complemented by the nuttiness of quinoa and infusions of lemon and garlic, it will be impossible to stop at one serving. Serve it warm or cold, it’s delicious either way!
Colorful Potato Salad
I loved developing this recipe. The colors are so bright and cheery that it’s hard not to enjoy working with these ingredients. Not to mention, anytime a recipe involves combining garlic and olive oil, you really can’t lose. As attractive as this dish is, my favorite thing by far is its top-shelf nutritional status.
Healthy Potato Salad
The purple potatoes are packed with antioxidants — four times as much as Russet potatoes — and potassium. The purple color is created by anthocyanin which also acts as an antioxidant, it helps strengthen the immune system, as well as contributes to cardiac health and fights cancer.
Not to mention, asparagus is ranked in the top 20 foods on the ANDI scale (Aggregate Nutrition Density Index). While boasting high levels of folate and vitamin K, it helps fight depression by preventing homocysteine levels from rising to the point that it interferes with dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters associated with mood or the happy chemicals in your brain).
Then you have quinoa, cashews, olive oil, garlic and lemon collectively adding more plant protein, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin C to the mix!
Asparagus Quinoa Purple Potato Salad – Helpful hints:
I didn’t peel the potatoes, as this retains the vibrant color. Also, one of the many benefits of a recipe that is entirely plant-based and dairy free is its ability to withstand the warm summer days without spoilage.
If you want to shorten the prep time for this recipe the quinoa can be easily prepared the night before and refrigerated until prep time the following day. This recipe is extremely flexible and can be served upon completion or refrigerated and served later. Enjoy!