April 24, 2007

Enlivening Picnics All Summer Long


The weather is slowly starting to change for the better. Flowers are starting to pop up, birds are chirping and I’m able to go biking without getting frost bite. That’s a good thing. Warmer weather also means eating al fresco. That’s a good thing too. And when I think of eating outdoors I think of picnics and when I think of picnics I can’t help but think of potato salad. Somewhere along the way potato salad seems to have become a quintessential summer food that’s required at all summer bbq’s, potlucks and picnics. This has potential to be a good thing, but often it’s not. Cursed are the potato salads that are swimming in a sea of mayonnaise with nary another vegetable to be seen. Ditto for those that feature marshmallows and fruit among the potatoes. For my first outside eating experience of the year, I certainly did not want any of these atrocities taking over my table. With that in mind, I made up my own recipe, free of mayo and marshmallows and full of bright, fresh flavour.


Brilynn’s Asian Inspired Potato Salad


6 baked potatoes, cut into cubes

2 hardboiled eggs, chopped

2 spring onions, chopped

3 big cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 ½ cups shelled edamame

Large handful chopped parsley


Vinaigrette

2 T olive oil

½ tsp sesame oil

2 T rice vinegar

1 ½ tsp sugar

½ tsp soy sauce

½ inch grated ginger

1 ½ T grainy mustard


Bake potatoes and allow to cool completely, I did this the night before. Boil the edamame in salted water for 5-8 minutes until softened, drain. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together all of the ingredients of the vinaigrette and pour over potato combination, stir gently.



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22 comments:

deinin said...

...marshmallows? Really? Ugh.

Your salad looks so vibrant and lovely! I have to admit a certain partiality to the mayo-laden potato salads, but this looks quite delectable, in a completely different way.

Lis said...

I love the asian twist on your non-mayo'd potato salad - it's gorgeous!

I'm also quite partial to the mayo'd variety (especially my Mom's) but I've had a few potato salads that were dressed somewhat like yours and found them quite delish as well!

I am HAPPY and RELIEVED to say that I have NEVER had a potato salad with marshmallows & fruit, though. Thank the baby Jebus.
xoxo

K & S said...

I like your version, it sounds very refreshing and perfect for the up and coming picnic weather. I also like the mayo version, but also add some yogurt to cut back on the amount of mayo used. :)

Gattina said...

I don't eat salad, but your version make me drool...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Marshmallows and fruit potato salad ... yee gods let's head for the hills with your potato salad Brilynn!
I say you version must get tried at my house this summer! I think this is genius caliber!

Cheryl said...

After eating my mom's potato salad for 34 years (I love my mom, I really do), I look forward to other versions of the potato salad.

This looks so refreshing and light and no mayo, although I like mayo, but every now and then a break is needed.

Freya and Paul said...

Yeah, what's with the marshmallows! I love potato salad though and you have convinced me to buy a bag of frozen endamame beans tonight!

gilly said...

Hi Bri - this sounds like a great variation on potato salad! I absolutely love asian-inspired dressings, so it seems like a very natural choice!

Charise said...

Now that's my kind of potato salad! I love picnic side dishes, but detest the same type you do - any swimming in marshmallows or laden with too much mayo.

Deborah said...

OK, I have never heard of marshmallows in potato salad - YUCK! I am a fan of the mayo potato salad, but this looks like such a refreshing, summery twist. This one will be gracing my table soon!

Homesick Texan said...

Please, please, please tell me you're joking? Marshmallows and fruit in a potato salad? Sheesh! Yours, however, looks refreshing, light and lovely. I can't wait to try it!

Sara said...

What a great looking salad! Our weather has finally started to improve too. I've got potatos and edamame at home too! Marshmellows belong no where near salads of any kind.

Kristen said...

Marshmallows in potato salad? Ewww!

Your salad looks like such a refreshing dish. Very nice!

mrbunsrocks said...

I could go on at lengths about the hazards of the summer pot luck....whosoever decided that marshmallows and salad were a good combination should be strung up.

EWWWWWWWW.

I love your asian take on this....maybe hubs would eat it....hmmmmm......

Linda said...

how lovely. it looks so light and guilt-free, unlike other potato salads. and so colorful. can't wait to give it a go. thanks for posting it!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a cheerful salad! It's lovely. I've never tried the edamame beans, but with this beautiful salad I'd be willing.

Susan said...

Anything with ginger gets my vote! Your potato salad would be a highlight of any picnic!

pom d'api said...

I love recipe asian.

Almost Vegetarian said...

This is a nice variation on potato salad. I only ever make two varieties: English (traditional mayo with onions and so on) and French (no may, but with oil and vinegar). This version is especially nice because it is a complete meal in a bowl.

Cheers!

Ivonne said...

I'm with you , Brilynn! I'm with you! I love this salad!

Laura said...

Usually I like a little potato with my mayo, but I'll come over to your side of the fence straight away!

JennDZ said...

I absolutely love picnic season. There is just something amazing about eating outdoors that enhances the flovors of any food!