Saturday, May 24, 2008

Potato Asparagus Salad with Mustard Dressing

mustard potato salad with asparagus

Potato Salad is really, really popular in Sweden. It comes in many different varieties - creamy being more popular then vinaigrette-based in general, at least when it comes to ready-made. I've never liked store-bought potato salads at all, and it took a long time to appriciate home-made as well. I still don't like those heavy on the mayo, but I like many other kinds. This particular recipe is inspired by one in Ica Buffé, a large Swedish food magazine.

This one is nice - especially if you want to eat loads of asparagus. Now that it's finally in season and easy to find, I find myself craving it. The asparagus and the carrots go really well with this creamy mustard dressing, and with the lovely new potatoes.. that are still outrageously expensive, so you might want to try this recipe in about a month when it'll be a lot more affordable. At least here in Sweden!

If you want more potato salads, I have a few other recipes and I'll bet I have many more to share after this summer.
-Herbed potato Salad
-Mustard Vinaigrette Potato Salad
-Potato Salad with Mozzarella

Potato Asparagus Salad with Mustard Dressing
Serves 6-8

1 kilo new potatoes
500 g asparagus
500 g carrots
100 g scallions
300 ml (1.2 cups) sour cream
3 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp coarse mustard
salt, black pepper

Boil the potatoes and let it cool slightly. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Snap off the ends of the asparagus, as it's usually woody and dry. (It will automatically snap off in the right place - try it!) Boil the asparagus in lightly salted water for 3 minutes, and immediately plunge it into a bowl filled with ice cold water to stop the cooking. Let it cool completely, then halve lengthwise.

Peel and cut the carrots into smaller pieces. Boil in lightly salted water for 6-8minutes, and immediately plunge it into a bowl filled with ice cold water to stop the cooking. Let the carrots cool completely.

Slice the scallions.

Stir the sour cream with both kinds of mustard, and some salt and pepper. Toss with the potatoes, carrots and asparagus, and finally the scallions. You might want to save a few asparagus stalks for decoration.

Recipe in Swedish:
Potatissallad med sparris och senapsdressing


Cassandra said...

It looks delicious. I love potato salads. I actually have some asparagus sitting in the fridge at the moment, so I might try this tonight... will let you know how it goes!

Hope you're ok.
Hugs from London

Jeanne said...

Wow - looks wonderful. I've always been a huge fan of potato salad and I like the idea of somethign green and crunchy to offset the carbiness of the potatoes.

Saraplicious! Kitchen said...

I'm going to have to try this one. We love potato salads especially my son. He always asks, "Does Potato Salad count as veggies?" I think if I add the asparagus then I can answer that question with a YES!