The humble potato salad is such a hero side dish. Filling, delicious and so easy to whip up, it’s often just as good, if not better the next day.
The ultimate accompaniment to barbecues or an Aussie Christmas lunch, potato salad can be as elaborate or simple as you like. Add extra tasty ingredients or just let the potato sing as the hero.
Where did potato salad originate?
According to popular belief (or an article on the History of the Potato Salad), the humble potato salad was first introduced to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. These early spud salads were made by boiling potatoes in wine or a mixture of vinegar and spices (YUM)! We like the idea of a less creamy potato salad for sure.
The more American version of potato salad – with the thick, creamy dressing – is rooted in German cuisine and apparently arrived with European settlers.
What are the best potatoes for potato salad?
If you’re after the best salad ever, you need to know your potatoes. We love a Coliban potato for most of our recipes. The Coliban potato is perfect for boiling, chipping and baking and comes from Australia. When shopping for your potatoes, sift through and find the smallest, cleanest potatoes you can.
We like to keep the skin on our potatoes as there is lots of nutritious goodness right beneath the skin. And not having to peel means even less time to prepare!
Of course if you prefer your potatoes skin free, go ahead and peel them before boiling.
For those who like a little more texture in their spud salad – we introduce the Crunchy Potato Salad. The crunch comes from fresh radishes and Lebanese cucumbers so it’s refreshing as well.
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s a little out of the ordinary, this is a ripper to try. With the healthy goodness of chickpeas and the surprising addition of mint and coriander, this is a wondrous delight.
Looking for a lighter option? Just as creamy as traditional potato salad, this one can be whipped up in mere minutes.
Just six ingredients is all it takes to put together this zingy salad. Who knew that adding gherkins would completely transform such an easy dish?
Very much a more traditional-style, this recipe calls for minced garlic, bacon and onion for a flavour punch.
Potato salads are perfectly portable, so why not try this beauty for your next picnic. It goes beautifully with barbecue chicken or cold meat.
What are your best recipes?
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