During summer we eat a lot of potato salad. With all the different types of potatoes from the farmers market, it is easy to make a big batch and leave it in the fridge for the week, making an easy side dish to some grilled meat. When we start to tire of the mayo varieties, I bring out this recipe. It is egg and dairy free, and if you swap the honey for maple syrup or agave – vegan too. So it’s great to take on your picnic – no worries about the mayo spoiling.
My secret to potato salad is to toss the hot potatoes in the dressing right away. They absorb all of the flavour, and you can serve it warm. If you want to serve it cold, just pop it in the fridge. It marinates in the lovely sauce.
First get your little potatoes boiling. I use my pasta pot, making it easy to drain the little guys – about 2 to 2 1/2-pounds small red skin potatoes, whole, halved or quartered depending on size
Next mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl:
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or agave
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons cider
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toss your hot potatoes with the dressing right away (I often do this in a large ziploc bag not a bowl). Then add in your veggies and herbs:
- 6 radishes, sliced and halved (little half moons)
- Fresh chives or green onions
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1/4 cup flat leaf (Italian) parsley leaves coarsely chopped
This is delicious eaten warm, or chilled for later. We had it last night with our BBQ supper of Boerewors sausage, Krokkodil (bacon wrapped curried pork tenderloin), steamed green beans and pickled beets.
The meat is courtesy of the lovely SA Meat Shops, our favourite butcher here in Calgary. We order the meat pack from them regularly, and it includes those items. They are located in Kensington. http://sameatshops.ca
The beets I pickle myself, and the beans are fresh from the farmer’s market, as are the potatoes. Herbs from my garden.
Not the prettiest presentation, but we were having so much fun with our guests I almost forgot to take a picture!