Friday, February 29, 2008

Kristina's Potato Salad


This recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. The copy I have is about 15 years old, and unfortunately this edition is no longer available. I would hope that they've kept this recipe in more recent editions, it's a good one.

We served this salad with hot dogs, for Sawed Off's 2nd birthday party. H-Bomb helped me make it, he loves helping in the kitchen. It was a hit. I made a double batch, and it was more than enough. Good thing it is delicious, because we have quite a bit left. Guess what I'm having for dinner!



Preparation time: 45 minutes to an hour (depends on how much stuff you choose to put in)

Yield: 6 main dish portions (more, if serving with other things)

This is a kitchen-sink-type of potato salad, brimming with fresh vegetables, and texturally enhanced by the addition of toasted nuts and seeds. Make it as simple or as chock-full as you have time, ingredients, and desire for. You can keep the fat content very low if you use homemade Tofu Mayonnaise (p. 44 & 91 *If anyone is interested, leave a comment and I will post the mayo recipe. I used real mayo) and yogurt. Serve this salad as a main dish for a summer lunch, especially if paired with a chilled soup from the previous chapter.

6 medium potatoes (about 3 lbs.) scrubbed, and chopped into 1-1/2 inch pieces (that's approximate, of course). Boil potatoes until tender; drain and cool.

2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (I used more eggs)
1 medium bell pepper (any color), diced
3 to 4 finely minced scallions (whites and greens)
1 small cucumber (peel if waxed), seeded and minced
1 cup (packed) finely minced parsley
1/4 cup (packed) minced fresh dill (about 1 Tbsp. dried)
1 to 2 tsp. salt (to taste)
fresh black pepper
1/4 to 1/3 cup cider vinegar (possibly more, to taste)
1 to 2 tsp. dry mustard
1 to 2 tsp. tarragon
1 to 2 Tbs. prepared horseradish
1/2 to 1 cup mayonnaise (real, Tofu Mayo or Plain Fake Mayo--I use real)
1/2 to 1 cup yogurt or sour cream (I used sour cream)

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS: (I'll star * the ones I included this time)
a handful of alfalfa sprouts
*1 medium carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, minced
thinly sliced radishes
fresh peas, raw or steamed
*1 cup lightly toasted cashews
*1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
2 to 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds

For Garnish:
fresh spinach leaves
cherry tomatoes
olives

Combine well, season to taste, cover and chill.

1 comment:

Miss Jenny said...

And it was soooooo goood! Mmm..mm..mm..mmm.mmmm!!!

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