Potato Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes and Dill

I really like potatoes. Mashed potatoes are my favourite. Plain mashed potatoes with warm milk and a little bit of butter, or "fancy" with herbs and yogurt. Any mashed potatoes is good for me. I also love baked potatoes, piping hot with melting butter and some salt, they are best wrapped in foil and "baked" in ashes in a nice big fire pit during cool summer nights under the stars. They are really hot and unwrapping them is an interesting activity with a lot of burnt fingers, but it's all part of an experience and the smoky smell of those potatoes is really worth a couple of small burns. What about boiled potatoes? A big pot of small new potatoes boiled to perfection and tossed with lots (and I mean lots) of chopped dill, garlic and butter. And if there are a couple of filets of herring on the side then it's just pure heaven!!!

And with all my love for potatoes I don't really like potato salads (with an exception of a famous Russian (olivie) potato salad, but it's a tradition). I don't like big chunks of cold potatoes tossed with mayo or sour cream. It just doesn't taste right. So, when I saw this recipe I thought that I'd give it a try since it's different from traditional potato salads. And oh my... I was in ecstasy after my first bite. The salad is quite simple with such humble ingredients as cucumbers and radishes, but a simple step of pan frying cooked potatoes brings the salad to another level and addition of sesame oil and maple syrup completes the picture. I think I can eat this whole portion by myself. Will I be able to move after? I don't know. But I can eat the whole thing, it's that good!


>recipe adapted from trio-mia

  • New potatoes - 500 g
  • Small cucumbers, sliced - 3
  • Radishes, sliced - 1 bunch (about 10-15)
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tablespoons or more (forgot to put them in before I took the picture, but please do not omit them)
  • Dill, finely chopped - 4 tablespoons
  • Salt, pepper
  • Oil for the pan
For the dressing
  • Sunflower oil - 4tablespoons
  • Lemon juice  - 1/2 lemon
  • Maple syrup - 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil - 1 tablespoon

- Boil the potatoes until they are fully cooked.
- Half the potatoes or quarter them if they are too big.
- Pan fry the potatoes for a few minutes until they have a nice caramelization on the sides.
- Mix all the ingredients for a dressing.
- In a big bowl mix all the salad ingredients while the potatoes are still warm and pour the dressing in. Mix.

- It's going to taste much better if the dressing is poured over warm potatoes, since they absorb more flavour while still warm.
- Any type of potatoes can be used, but new potatoes taste and look better and you don't have to peel them.
- Sesame seeds go really well in the salad especially with sesame oil.
- There's a lot of dressing but I wouldn't recommend using less, since it's really tasty.

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Posted on April 13, 2009 and filed under Recipe.