Minty Potato Salad

I was visiting one of my best friends yesterday. Whilst I was sitting in her dream kitchen, she served me something that tasted like Finland and summer at the same time -home made potato salad. When I was driving back home I couldn’t get the idea (or the lovely taste) of potato salad out of my mind. I had already decided to serve some smoked salmon for dinner so I thought potato salad wouldn’t be a bad idea to serve with it, actually it sounded quite good.

My dear Aussie man always makes fun of my grocery shopping. I probably don’t have to even mention that I LOVE SHOPPING FOOD and I do it almost every day. I enjoy it and it is my way to relax. I also change my mind so quickly what comes to food that I can’t decide beforehand what I cook on the next day or if I try I end up cooking something else anyway. The day before my dear Aussie man was  laughing at me at the store and suggesting if we could try not to do shopping on the following day. I agreed, but as soon as I got the idea of smoked salmon and potato salad into my mind that agreement was gone.

Here you can find my recipe for potato salad. It is made of Finnish new summer potatoes which have an extremely sweet and irresistably fresh flavour. We always leave the skin for new summer potatoes which even adds the nice flavour in them. I think the secret of potato salad is to make it taste creamy and fresh at the same time. To create a fresh summer taste I spiced the salad with mint. To make it sweeter I used honey and whole grain mustard too. I definitely liked the combination. After eating smoked salmon with this potato salad my dear Aussie man didn’t care that we did an additional food shopping trip a few hours before, he loved this salad!

1kg fresh small potatoes

2 small sweet onions

2 gherkins

1 apple (Golden of Granny Smith or green apple anyway)

2-3 tbs mayonnaise (home made is the best choice, Hellmann’s mayonnaise is good too)

1 dl sour cream (can be light one)

1/2 tsp mint ( you can add more if you like the flavour of mint)

3 tsp whole grain mustard

1/2-1  tsp salt

1 tsp honey

1 tsp sugar

pinch of black pepper

1. Wash the potatoes (you don’t have to peel them if they are fresh new summer potatoes), cover them with water and boil for 15 minutes until they get soft. Keep an eye on them because you don’t want them to get too soft.

2. Cut the onions, gherkins and the apple into small cubes.

3. When the potatoes are ready, rinse them in cold water and cut into small cubes. Combine them with the onion, grerkin and apple cubes. Add the mayonaise and mix well. Add the sour cream and mix well again.

4. Add the mint, mustard, salt, honey and sugar and finish the taste with a pinch of black pepper.

Enjoy with fish or bbq sausages! YUMMY!


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