The new potato season is now in full swing and since Jersey Royals are one of the true treats of late spring in Britain, it seems the perfect time to post my very first potato salad. However, Jersey Royals aren’t the only seasonal ingredients in this dish; the wild garlic which spends its time ironically held in captivity at the front of my garden is just coming into bloom and spring onions are continuing to live up to their name.
As we all know, the classic potato salad which everyone brings to picnics, rendering it the only side dish on offer, is a major exponent of mayonnaise. Whilst the version described above is all well and good, it can end up being a little too heavy for the magnificently clear and sweltering weather we are currently experiencing. As such, it seemed like a jolly good idea to substitute the mayo for a generous drizzle of vinaigrette.
Yet more changes are afoot here at frugalfeeding; I’ve purchased my very first ‘big person’ camera – a Nikon D3100 DSLR. It’s so beautiful and will go a long way toward improving my somewhat lacklustre photography. I truly hope you appreciate this rather expensive change, and if you have any tips they are most welcome!
N.B. the wild garlic can be substituted for a small amount of mashed conventional garlic.
New Potato, Spring Onion and Wild Garlic Salad
• 400g new potatoes, Jersey Royals if possible
• 1 small bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
• 1 tbsp bulbs of wild garlic, crushed and chopped
• 1 tbsp white wine or cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• ½ tsp Dijon mustard
• Salt & pepper
• A generous sprinkling of chopped chives
1. Boil the new potatoes in just enough salted water to cover them for 12-15 minutes, until tender. Once cooked, set aside before chopping in half.
2. Mix together the cooked potatoes, spring onions and wild garlic. Mix together the mustard, oil and vinegar until the oil emulsifies – season well. Pour this vinaigrette over the other ingredients and sprinkle generously with chives.
Cost: New potatoes are relatively expensive potatoes, but they really are worth it. Luckily, the other ingredients offset this a little – the entire dish should assemble itself for roughly £1.90. It really does make a fantastic side dish.