The Humble Potato Salad Gets The Mediterranean Diet Recipe Treatment
Updated 5th September 2022
Combines best olive oil – Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil with potatoes – to deliver this Mediterranean Diet recipe for wellness health.
Grilled Potato Salad
Whoever said that potatoes are boring needs to invest in some of the best extra virgin olive oil available and let the flavours mingle on the heat of a barbeque!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil takes some beating when it comes to antioxidant bang for your buck but potatoes are also rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids.
These compounds help to ward off diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer by neutralizing potentially harmful ‘free radicals’ in our body. And, by pairing up your potatoes with a healthy dose of Extra Virgin Olive Oil you are giving your body a supercharge of disease busting polyphenols. Our latest harvest, now available to purchase, has a low acidity of 0.2% and the highest ever levels of polyphenols seen in our high-quality oil to date.
According to Healthline, coloured potatoes like purple potatoes can have three to four times more antioxidants than white potatoes.
So next time you’re considering the perfect side for your grilled meat, look no further than this heart-warming Grilled Potato Salad. Just make sure you use the right olive oil for cooking.
The characteristics of Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with its distinctive green fruitiness, hints of almond and herbs, fresh turf and the peppery aftertaste, gives a vibrant, well balanced finish.
If you have any Morocco Gold left over after you’ve made your potato salad, why not use it as a dip for crispy, fresh bread.
Mediterranean Potato Salad Recipe
- Egg Yolks
- Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Wash and cut the potatoes. Slice the scallions. Whisk up the aioli by combining Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Mustard (and egg yolks if preferred).
- Grill the Potatoes on the BBQ
- Mix potatoes with aioli. Sprinkle with scallions and salt and mix.
- Serve the grilled potato salad.
What Are Potatoes?
Potatoes are an incredibly versatile root vegetable consumed in a variety of dishes around the world. Scientifically known as Solanum tuberosum, they belong to the nightshade family of plants. Originating in the South American Andes, potatoes are now cultivated in 160 countries worldwide, with 1,500–2,000 different varieties that range in colour, size and nutrient content.
Nevertheless, most varieties are similar in composition, consisting of a starchy flesh covered by a thin, nutrient-rich skin. Potatoes can be boiled, steamed, fried, baked or roasted and used in a wide assortment of dishes.
Potatoes: Healthy or Unhealthy?
While many people consider vegetables to be healthy, potatoes have managed to stir up some controversy. Because of their starch content, many people believe they should limit their intake. Also, potatoes are commonly associated with unhealthy fried and processed foods.
Potatoes Are High in Many Nutrients
There are many types of potatoes that include an array of different nutrient sets. The nutrient profile of potatoes can vary depending on the type. For example, red potatoes contain fewer calories, carbs and fibre than Russet potatoes, as well as slightly more vitamin K and niacin.
The way you prepare your potatoes can also influence their nutrient content. Given that many of their nutrients are concentrated in the outer skin, peeling the potato can remove a significant portion of the fibre and mineral content in each serving. Additionally, frying potatoes can increase their fat and calorie content, compared to other cooking methods like baking or boiling.
Potatoes Contain Antioxidants
Potatoes are a good source of antioxidants, including specific types, such as flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids. One study compared the antioxidant activities of white and coloured potatoes and found that coloured potatoes were the most effective at neutralizing free radicals. More research is needed to determine how the antioxidants in potatoes may affect the development of chronic diseases in humans.
They Provide Resistant Starch
Resistant starch is a type of starch that is not digested in the small intestine. Instead, it passes through to the large intestine, where it can feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Potatoes are a good source of resistant starch, and those that have been cooked and then chilled contain the highest amounts of it.