Potato Rösti with Salad and Lemon Vinaigrette

Rösti has become a rather difficult thing to find in the restaurants and cafes of Britain. One could argue that the hash brown is a fairly common solution to this problem. However, there is something about the hash brown that screams ‘English fry-up’- it has not the class of the rather more delicate Swiss Rösti. I can almost smell the sense of disbelief in the fact that you have just witnessed me, a relatively staunch British traditionalist, at least when it comes to food, bash one of our own. However, what you must realise is that most traditional British food is part of a truly great culinary tradition and that I’m more than happy to bash what I perceive to be inferior. Perhaps I shall have to attempt to reinvent the hash brown – now there’s an idea.

Aside from the delicacy and brilliance of the Rösti, it also fits in with my frugal tendencies rather well. There is but one ingredient in the perfect Rösti; potato. Is not the humble potato simply the most incredible ingredient? It has single-handedly sustained entire nations, it can be fried, baked, boiled, grated, mashed, sliced and –shudder– powdered. Yet, despite all of this, it is incredibly underrated. For some reason people find them boring and plain, which is no doubt a result of them having no idea what to do with the king of tuberous crop. Moreover, potatoes are also a really healthy means by which one can gain all sorts of vitamins and minerals. They contain high levels of vitamin-C and Potassium as well as a full complement of other necessaries – albeit in small amounts. Indeed, it irritates me a little that despite the obvious health benefits of the potato, the NHS does not consider them to be part of our recommended 5-a-day.

Potato Rösti with Salad and Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 2


• 370g potatoes, peeled and grated

• Salt and Pepper

• Olive Oil

• 1 baby-gem lettuce, or an equivalent

• A handful of rocket or baby water-cress

• The juice of 1 lemon

• ½ tsp English or Dijon mustard

• A few good glugs of olive oil

• ½ tsp sugar

• A little grated parmesan cheese


1. Place your grated potato in a clean tea-towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Remove the potato, season well and shape into two equally sized potato pancakes 1.5-2cm thick. Heat up a generous amount of olive oil in a thick frying pan or griddle. Once the oil is fairly hot place each pancake into the pan. Cook on each side, over a medium heat, for 10 minutes. The Rösti is done when it is golden brown all over.

2. While the Rösti is cooking prepare your salad and vinaigrette. Chop the crunchy baby-gem rather thinly, removing any of the hard core – it can be a little bitter. Place this neatly on your plate before adding a little rocket or watercress. To make the vinaigrette simple mix the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil and sugar together. Drizzle this over the salad before place the Rösti on top. Garnish with a small amount of parmesan cheese.

Cost: Not one ingredient in this dish was particularly expensive. The Rösti themselves set me back a mere 20p; the salad, perhaps 50-60p; and the vinaigrette, a mere 25p. As such, when everything has been factored in this lunch for two should set one back little over £1. Not bad for something so pretty.

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106 comments on “Potato Rösti with Salad and Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. rachsmith
    February 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    What a delicious, and wonderfully frugal meal!

    The rösti is an underrated form of potato. I’m guilty for not giving it enough air time, but focusing my attention on mash and roasties. This is going to change. Thanks for the inspiration! x

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Oh you must have it more, it is simply delightful.

  2. tomthebadger
    February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Sounds lovely. Must admit I’ve not tried making rosti before. I’ve been meaning to get more creative with my spuds, though, so this is definitely one to make 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Thanks. Yes, you must – potatoes are simply incredible. I hope you like this.

  3. Chica Andaluza
    February 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love rósti and it´s hard to make a good one. You certainly seem to have done this! A lovely potato dish that I always enjoy.

  4. Jennifer
    February 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Yum! Sounds and looks delicious!

  5. Kimby
    February 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Your photo with the potatoes and sunlight ought to be snapped up by any potato grower with a mind to promote their product — simply stunning! I’m smiling over your “bashing” thoughts — you’d think it would be difficult to mess up a perfectly good potato, but the UK isn’t the only country that does it. I used to love “home fries” (aka American Fries) when we’d go out for breakfast, but the trend has been to convert them from the golden brown chunks of pan-fried goodness they were intended to be into an “easier” (i.e. faster/cheaper) version of “cubes” dunked in the deep fryer. Ugh. Thanks for a REAL potato recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Haha – thanks! Oh yes, many places do it. I shall try to bring you some more 🙂

  6. Meenakshi
    February 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful! Your photos are getting nicer with each post!

  7. Hari Covert
    February 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I beg to differ on the cooking process. A true Swiss Rosti is not made with raw grated potato but is made from potatoes parboiled in their skins, peeled and then grated. Ideally potatoes that have chilled for a few hours as this allows the starch to rest. The addition of finely chopped raw onion and also some chopped bacon is also often used.
    The potato you describe is what is classically known as a pommes darphin.

    It is quite an art to make a proper Swiss Rosti as turning it is also like tossing a pancake!

    I have fond memories of a crisp Rosti served alongside a veal sausage with an onion gravy consumed in many a bahnhof buffet throughout Switzerland… A true Swiss staple

    It is also a family favourite topped with a slice of Ham, grated cheese that is melted and the addition of runny fried egg! A meal in itself!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

      I beg to differ about your begging to differ. There appear to be two schools of thought with regards to the cooking of rosti. There are Swiss chefs who cook rosti using my method too.

  8. tablespoonofflavors
    February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Oh i’m already mouthwatering.. 🙂

  9. Villy
    February 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This is SO great! I’m in a lent period and anything vegetarian non-dairy is perfect!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Awesome! I hope that if you make it, you like it.

  10. countrywoodsmoke
    February 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    A lovely frugal meal, mine would scream out for a poached duck egg on, but this is perfect by itself, or as a building block for something more substantial.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Marcus. I think it’s fine on its own, but an egg would go nicely.

  11. otownmommy
    February 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    very true how you mention potatoes are considered to be boring and plain. I have been trying all different ways to prepare them for my girls and they still don’t like them. i have tried grating them and found that they became a gooey clump on the pan. I think I will follow your method more closely – yours look delicious and perfectly crisped!. thanks for posting this 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      They’ll learn to love them. You may as well give this a go! 😀

  12. thelittleloaf
    February 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Love potato rosti and looks like yours is spot on – when they go wrong they can be so disgusting!

  13. denlyn3
    February 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for pointing out how many things we can do with potatoes. The rosti looks delicious and I will have to make it.

  14. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Looks wonderful Frugal and well done for speaking up for the potato. I love potatoes of all kinds and some, especially when new season comes, have the most gorgeous and varied flavours.

  15. Meredith LeBlanc
    February 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Umm! My mouth is watering!

  16. Pasta Princess
    February 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This looks great! I like the combination of the potato rosti with the salad!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      They seemed to work perfectly, both in my mind and on the plate.

  17. Just A Smidgen
    February 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Fantastic, this looks like the perfect lunch or light dinner for me!

  18. wutheringbites
    February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Oh my this looks scrumptious. 🙂 Another must do!

  19. latetedelegumes
    February 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Potatoes on anything are my jam.


  20. PolaM
    February 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    One of the recipes that never works for me, it always breaks down 🙁 Great job with that roesti!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Oh no! Try to pack it tighter and be very gentle!

  21. egg me on
    February 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Whoa, thanks for clearing up the hash brown vs. rosti debate. As an un-informed American, I assumed they were the same thing. Now I know! This is a great recipe. I’m totally trying this.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Ahha, they are similar but not the same :D. All shall be revealed.

  22. Joanna
    February 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I loved resding this post and your defence of the potato in all its glory! Your rosti look superb ! 🙂

  23. Cara
    February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I so enjoy how every time I come to your blog, you are always teaching me new things. This recipes is a definite keeper! I am going to taste test it possibly today, even 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Awww thanks, Cara. I hope you like it if you do 🙂

  24. GlutenFreeRican
    February 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This looks really really good. 🙂

  25. The Dusty Baker
    February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS my mouth is literally watering. I don’t eat hashbrowns quite enough because they are far inferior to this delectable looking Rosti. But as an American who has been to the British isles many times, I will say that I do love me a good fry-up. Always will have a sweet spot in my heart.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Dusty! :D. I like a fry-up, but hardly ever ever have one.

  26. spree
    February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    that looks fab u lous! I want it and now wouldn’t be quite soon enough!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks :D. You had better make it in the past then… hmm…

  27. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    February 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve never made rosti before, but it was quite the rage in restaurants about twenty years ago. Since then, as you say, it seems to have disappeared. Thanks for the recipe, might be time to give it a go (we’re awash with potatoes at the moment). Look forward to reading about your reworked hash brown! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Oh you should – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in a restaurant… I shall have to get my thinking cap on for that.

  28. Anna @ the shady pine
    February 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Crispy rossi are beautiful and love your version with a salad here….a lovely meal!

  29. Corina
    February 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I had a few disasters when first making potato rostis but love them now l’ve got the hang of them. It’s so important tto squeeze out the extra water and to make sure they are cooked for long enough!

  30. promenadeplantings
    February 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    You are right about not seeing rosti as much as we should. A couple of questions, what kind of potatoes did you use? I always seem to stuggle with getting them to “stick” together, they always seem to fall apart on me !

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Estima potatoes, I think they are just a bog-standard veriety, but have good flavour.

  31. Purely.. Kay
    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try a citrusy vinaigrette. So you know I am definitely excited about this salad. it’s just so delicious looking. Drooling now

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Oh yes, you must give it a go. Lemon is an incredibly good ingredient for this 😀

  32. Razel Rull-Navarro
    February 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I love Rosti! Definitely a winner 🙂

  33. Ragamuffin Diaries
    February 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    absolutely lovely! Great pictures. This winter has been the major turning point of my relationship with potatoes; I used to be a bit indifferent towards them, but am now a huge fan! They’re just wonderful.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks, Ragamuffin! I’m glad your opinion has changed!

  34. Michelle
    February 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I have never tried rösti. Why I’m not sure. But now I know I must!

  35. Bam's Kitchen
    March 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Looks quite nice. The first time I ate rocket was in Cambridge with a friend in a little pub off the Cam River. Time to go back….BAM

  36. filingawaycupcakes
    March 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

    How mouth wateringly delicious. A great way to get me to eat a salad too:]

  37. Canadianbudgetbinder
    March 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

    That looks delicious. I love the glug~ had to explain that one to my wife.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks! I do love a good glug.

      • Canadianbudgetbinder
        March 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        Not everyone knows what that is, when I told my wife she was like, “ohhhh you brits sure do have a weird way of describing things lol…

        • frugalfeeding
          March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

          I know they don’t, that’s part of the reason I do it – Americans tend to love the cute British way of doing things…

  38. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    March 1, 2012 at 4:27 am

    That’s the perfect plate right there.

  39. lauraloo72
    March 1, 2012 at 6:08 am

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out.

  40. Julie @ happygoodtime
    March 1, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Really beautiful! Alas, I only wish I would have seen this before I decided to eat popcorn for dinner. Dang it! Another time then. It’s a lovely looking dish, and that lemon vinaigrette made my mouth water.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks :D. Popcorn for dinner? That’s not enough…

  41. Veronika
    March 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I have to say, that while I adore potatoes, and absolutely disagree about them being boring or plain, I can easily explain why NHS don’t want to consider them one of five-a-day (not that I agree with that specific principle either, but eh).

    First of all, while it is true that potatoes are rich in vitamin C, there is the fact that Vitamin C decomposes at temperatures above 45C, which means that cooked potatoes contain none of it. And, for all their culinary and mineral advantages, potatoes are essentially nearly 100% starch, which makes them an excellent way to gain weight – and the 5-a-day rule and other efforts currently made by health agencies around the world are trying to get people to lose weight.

    So while I agree that potatoes are gorgeous, and love eating them (and the rösti looks drool-inducing!), I can’t say they are any kind of health food. Which shouldn’t stop anyone from eating them – not even those trying to watch their weight. Just you know, do so in moderation. I, for one thing, consider eating potatoes a treat. 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      I didn’t know vitamin C decomposes at 45C. However, potatoes are only around 15-20% starch. Surely it’s obvious to you that most of what makes up potatoes is water? Added to that, around 10% of that starch isn’t absorbed by the body (this number increases after cooking). Also, depending on how you cook potatoes, quite a lot of the starch is lost in the cooking process. Perhaps my NHS quip was a little reactionary and probably untrue, but potatoes are healthy if eaten in moderation – like most foods.

      • Veronika
        March 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Oh, of course – I meant the dry weight, thinking in food-biochemist terms here. And I did not say they weren’t healthy – just that they aren’t exactly spinach or collard greens in terms of their nutritional profile, and are, in fact, one of the highest-starch foods one can eat even so. Not saying there’s any hypocrisy here – I try to keep carbs down in my diet but often post about bread myself. 😉

        But that is not to detract from the unadulturated culinary joy of fried, roasted, or otherwise made potatoes, they are delicious! (And, yes, like all foods, have to be taken in moderation.)

  42. threeblondesandatomas
    March 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    rosti!! i used to make these at my old job every night! soooo yummy!

  43. veg-ease
    March 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Where do you find Parmesean without rennet?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Sorry! I had intended to make the parmesan optional – feel free to leave it out.

  44. Meredith
    March 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Great color on the rosti– nothing like a fried potato– except a fried potato on a salad! Ingenious.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thanks! I thought they looked very pretty :D.

  45. Savoring Simplicity
    March 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    You are so right. The underrated potato is one of the most versatile foods in the world. We sometimes use leftover mashed potatoes to make potato cakes for breakfast. I hope you enjoyed your rösti. It looks delicious in your wonderful photo.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I do like being right, thanks! I do adore a good potato cake – sounds divine.

  46. roughseasinthemed
    March 6, 2012 at 7:31 am