Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Super Easy Warm Potato Salad

I'm sure there are lots of ways to make your own potato salad from scratch, but when you've got minimal ingredients or you realise you need to whip something up in 20 minutes there are a lot of short cuts you can take too.

For a yummy warm potato salad all you need is:

- potatoes - chopped into bite size pieces (peeled or unpeeled - it's up to how you like it)
- coleslaw dressing - I use Kraft brand
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- a splash of Italian salad dressing
- a smidge of mustard - I used the yellow American stuff because that's what I had. Could use just about any.
- salt and pepper

Basically you cook the potatoes until they are tender, drain and set aside until they've cooled from hot to warm. Add the coleslaw dressing gradually, until the potatoes are coated but not drenched in it. The add a little splash each of the lemon juice, salad dressing and mustard. I add only a little to start, then taste and see if I need more of anything - as they say, adding more is much easier than taking it out again if you add too much. Season with salt and pepper.

Served warm is best I think, but is great cold too.

You can add other ingredients too, if you like - e.g.

- hard boiled eggs, chopped
- spring onion or red onion
- peas or corn
- chopped dill

- don't have coleslaw dressing? You can use mayonnaise and a smidge of vinegar.
- don't have Italian salad dressing? Other dressings might work, or if you have none at all, then a little olive oil & vinegar combined with the lemon juice and S&P you're already adding should do the trick. Add a tiny bit of caster sugar if it tastes too sour or tart.
- no mustard? It can do without it, just make sure you season well with the other stuff.

If you make this, have made something similar before, or do some other variations I'd love to hear about them!

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