Cauliflower, Purple Potato, & Kimchi Salad

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Yesterday was a doozy of a day – full of unexpected twists and disappointment yet shining with a happy “dinner on the beach” ending.  This salad came about in an attempt to clean out the frig, use up ingredients already in the kitchen & lift my spirits away from work issues.  Sometimes the best recipes are totally unplanned – as with this wonderful spicy salad.  It created itself and will be a keeper for us.  I recently discovered Kimchi.  I noticed it in the produce section at Meijers and grabbed a jar with no plan really for its use.  I added it to our stir-fry and what a difference!  It is a spicy mix of cabbage, red pepper, garlic, onion, & ginger.  The other half of the jar made it into this recipe with the cauliflower & purple potatoes.  Again, what a difference!  The flavor is so pronounced and adds a perfect punch of spice.  I am in love with Ghee lately.  It is clarified butter that is often used in Indian cooking.  I used it in this recipe to carmelize my onion and yellow pepper and it added a really nice creamy flavor to this dish.  If you don’t have any, substitute butter.  This all came together fairly quickly and we really enjoyed it at room temperature while gazing out over Lake Michigan with a cold one.

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Cauliflower, Purple Potato, & Kimchi Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 4 purple potatoes, washed & large diced
  • ½ head cauliflower, large chunks
  • ½ cup Kimchi
  • 3 tablespoons organic sour cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • ½ a yellow pepper, slice thin
  • ½ a white onion, slice thin
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. Take a moment to clear your mind and give thanks for this nourishing food
  2. Combine cauliflower & purple potato in large pan with water, bring to boil, lower heat and cook until slightly tender - approximately 15-20 minutes. Drain
  3. In separate skillet, melt ghee and cook the onion and pepper on medium heat until soft and carmelized
  4. Return the cauliflower & potatoes to the large pan and smash roughly with fork. Add sour cream, salt & pepper. I did not totally mash - just a rough smash
  5. Take the onion/pepper mix and place on top of the smash. Finish with chopped chives and a sprinkle of love!

 

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