Potato Salad

This potato salad derives from a family recipe I’ve learnt from my step-mom. The original version is just as vegan as this, but I added some chick peas this time to make it a little heartier, and the dressing of course is my own making. The basic concept is the perfect union between capers, Russian salted cucumbers, apple, and leek, all of which add their own flavor dimension to the lovely boiled potatoes.

It’s important to choose waxy potatoes for salads, since they won’t get all mushy once cooked and cubed like their starchy relatives do. I even forgot my potatoes on the stove this time, and consequently overcooked them until their skins started to crack, but they still kept together just fine!

The Dressing:

  • 1/2 dl olive oil
  • 1/2 dl apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, rubbed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red paprika powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

The Salad:

  • 1 and 1/2 kg waxy potatoes, boiled, peeled, and cubed
  • 4 Russian-style salted cucumbers, cubed (see our Stroganoff recipe for more information on Russian cucumbers)
  • 35 g capers (1 small jar, or about 5 tablespoons)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely cubed
  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed, or about 3 dl cooked chick peas
  • 1 small leek, rinsed and sliced
  • chives (for garnish)

I just combined all the ingredients, whisked the dressing together, and mixed it in the salad. At this point, I always adjust the saltiness, and check if the salad still needs a dash of vinegar, or a little more black pepper.

Then we let the salad develop in the fridge overnight before taking it with us to the May Day picnic. This makes a big amount, and we even had leftovers with lunch for a few days after the picnic day – which is good, because this salad just gets better and better.

5 Comments

  1. Posted May 12, 2008 at 22:09 | Permalink

    I wish you had posted this yesterday, because I ate potato salad with chickpeas today! but your sauce would’ve been great, instead of my non-existing sauce :-)
    Well, next time! I live with an expert in Russian salted cucumbers, btw!

  2. Posted May 13, 2008 at 07:42 | Permalink

    Great salad, love the addition of the apples and capers. Very appealing and original!

  3. Anni
    Posted May 13, 2008 at 09:05 | Permalink

    Alice: too bad, I had such a busy weekend and couldn’t post earlier! Insider information on Russian salted cucumbers, I envy you…

    LisaRene: thanks – it’s a trusted family recipe!

  4. Posted May 13, 2008 at 13:50 | Permalink

    Hi,

    Just want to let you know that there is discussion going on over your soup on my blog :)

    http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=2273

    Margot

  5. Ingela
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 14:24 | Permalink

    This recipe was awesome, thank you! I just made it.. I did put some vegan cream (based on oats) in it too just to make it white and creamy.. But it was perfect before that too :) Very good with baguette and a lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad!

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