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Soop Aug 25, 2009 08:29 AM

I was reading this http://www.chow.com/stories/11811/2
And I never knew there were purple peppers!

I have an idea for a purple salad, with red onion, purple pepper and purple leaf (not sure which one).
What else purple could go in there that would taste good? Beetroot is an obvious one, but I hate the taste.

Or if anyone has any other colour schemes (rainbow?) post up your ideas!

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    weezycom RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 08:35 AM

    you could add some chopped purple basil, and of course a dressing made with dark red wine vinegar -- and maybe some Concord grapes (or black seedless) in the mix.

    1. greygarious RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 08:45 AM

      I did something similar a year ago with red leaf lettuce, a purple tomato, red grapes, and red onion. Dressed with pomegranate vinegar vinaigrette. Very pretty and tasty.

      Chopped prunes for sweetness, or Italian plums. There are some heirloom tomatoes that are a brownich/purplish/maroon color. Purple cabbage. Just so you know and aren't disappointed - if you freeze your leftover purple peppers they will turn green.

      1. Popkin RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 08:50 AM

        I too was going to suggest purple basil and purple tomatoes! I've seen purple carrots too, I think the sweetness would be welcome. Also, awhile back I ran across purple potatoes, which were rather waxy and sweet and may somehow work in there, or on the side.

        1. Bryn RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 09:09 AM

          purple carrots!

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            gourmet wife RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 10:45 AM

            If you can find them, there's purple potatoes that you can roast and add into the salad.

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              dct RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 01:08 PM

              You could also have purple beans and purple asparagus, but like the peppers, if you cook them they will turn green. Violets are edible too.

              1. meatn3 RE: Soop Aug 25, 2009 08:02 PM

                Sometimes you can find purple cauliflower too!


                1. Soop RE: Soop Aug 26, 2009 02:23 AM

                  Great ideas! Also, olives!
                  I'm seeing this now. The red wine vinegarette is a good idea.

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