Not all potato salads need a creamy dressing.
Sometimes, a simple vinaigrette is best.
There is a French potato salad that we love using fresh tarragon and a tarragon wine vinegar. It’s light and fresh and particularly good with the early tarragon in May.
Balsamic vinegar gives a slightly more assertive flavor to the potatoes.
My mother would be appalled. … Continue reading.....
Another recipe that I have been making since the beginning of time, this is based on one from the Time Life “Foods of the World” series.
The first time I had a similar salad was in Germany. We were having a simple lunch of wurst und salat. I had expected the typical Midwestern version of Hot German Potato Salad … Continue reading.....
This is a simple salad, slightly reminiscent of old-fashioned German Potato Salad.
Normally, when I make potato salad, or any kind of ‘picnic’ salad, I make lots so we have leftovers for a few days.
You could certainly do that with this recipe – double or triple or whatever, but I was just looking for an easy side dish.… Continue reading.....
Our favorite main course salad is grilled sausages, potatoes, lettuce and goat cheese.
This is my favorite potato salad…..
Do you recognize a pattern?
Warm, crisp, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms and garlic enveloped in creamy, melted soft goat cheese, finished with lots of fresh basil and chives – this is not your ordinary potato salad.
If you like goat cheese it … Continue reading.....
I’m from the Midwest.
The potato salad I grew up with was made with boiled potatoes and mayonnaise (traditional American Potato Salad).
Occasionally, we would have one at the neighbor’s house that was made with a hot bacon dressing and pickles (German Potato Salad).
Then I got my own kitchen and got to play outside the rules.… Continue reading.....
I read in the car…. It’s the only time I really have to read magazines.
The other day, on our way to the canal for a bike ride, I was flipping through the August issue of Cooking Light.
There was a recipe for potato salad with a light vinaigrette that caught my eye. I read the caption about adding mashed … Continue reading.....
This completes our cold dinner menu: Melon with Dry-cured Ham (no recipe required), Salmon Chaud-Froid, Green Bean and Basil Salad and French Potato Salad.
There are many, many recipes for potato salad – French, German, American.
Some are hot, some are cold, some are creamy some, like this one, aren’t.
This is lightly dressed with with a vinaigrette, lots of … Continue reading.....
Traditional American Potato Salad, at least the Mid-Western version I grew up with, has, like so many classics of cuisines around the world, as many iterations as there are cooks.
Some dressings are cooked, some not; some add eggs, celery, peppers, onions or pickles, some not.
My particular favorite used lots of mayonnaise and good, old ‘French’s Yellow Mustard’, aka: … Continue reading.....