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#TashaTests: Potato salad three ways

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It might be getting colder but we are South African, so I bet you have a braai planned fairly soon? The meat is the most important part of a braai but a delicious potato salad will always be a winner.

Every family has a traditional potato salad they love and stick to. Does your family enjoy theirs with eggs, nuts, or bacon added? Or do they prefer it plain and tasty? I can understand the reluctance to try something different when tehre’s a firm favourite, so I’m taking some of the guesswork out of the process for you.

The YOU and HUISGENOOT magazines have been around for many years and in every issue they publish recipes that they have tried, so there are many years of loved and trusted recipes. I decided to #TashaTests three of their more adventurous potato salad recipes. My family loved two of the dishes; the other one they liked but also said that I shouldn’t make it again… Regardless, I loved it and your family may too.

Curry and peach potato salad

Curry potato salad

This is the one that my family didn’t love. I enjoyed it so definitely want you to try it and let me know what you think.

Ingredients

  • 6 big potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried peaches (just a handful or extra if you want)
  • 2tsp of masala powder
  • Half of a lemon’s juice

Method

Start by boiling the potatoes with some salt until soft but still firm enough so it won’t fall apart. Leave to cool down, peel and cut into chunks not too big but not too small. Mix in the mayonnaise and the masala powder and then add the peaches. Finally add the lemon juice but be careful not to add too much that it over powers the curry.

Mediterranean baby-potato salad

Potato salad

My family loved this one. Some people might say that this is not a potato salad since it doesn’t have mayonnaise but once you’ve taken the first bite you will forget about the mayonnaise. The lovely vinaigrette makes it a slightly healthier option.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 700g baby potatoes
  • 1 sweet bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1-2 wheels of feta (depends on how much you would like to use)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Fresh basil leaves (leave some for extra garnish on top of the salad)
  • 100g black olives (I ended up not using olives because no one in my family likes olives)

#TashaTests: New twist on an old brekkie fave


For the vinaigrette

  • 60ml olive oil
  • Juice and the grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 garlic cloves finely pressed
  • 1tsp caster sugar (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Start by boiling the potatoes until soft but still firm enough so that it won’t fall apart. Leave to cool off, if you prefer you can cut the potatoes in halve, then mix with all the other ingredients, leave the vinaigrette until last.

For the vinaigrette; mix all ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour die vinaigrette over the salad and serve.

Pesto and feta potato salad

Pesto salad

 

This is the easiest one of the three and definitely my favourite but if you don’t like pesto I would suggest that you try one of the other two recipes.

Ingredients

  • 6 big potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 wheels of feta cheese
  • 45ml basil pesto
  • Fresh basil

Method

Start by boiling the potatoes until soft but still firm. Leave to cool down, peel and cut into chunks, cut up the feta and mix with the potatoes. Mix in the mayonnaise, pesto and the basil and serve.

Once you’ve tried the recipes let us know if you think it’s better to try something new or to stick with the old?


Words: Natassha Burrell

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