These Two Salad Recipes Are Great Sides for a Picnic

You can’t go wrong with spicy potato salad or cool roasted beets on a hot summer day.

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Curried Potato Salad

Cotton napkins, melamine serving utensils, melamine salad bowls, metallic bowl, and wooden salad servers

Photo: Tyllie Barbosa; Food Styling: Carol Smoler; Styling: Barri Leiner Grant
 

GET THE LOOK Clockwise from top: Cotton napkins, $10 each, Jayson Home. Melamine serving utensils, $35, and melamine salad bowls, $35 each, ID, 3337 N. Halsted St. Metallic bowl, $20 for set of four, Brimfield. Wooden salad servers, $45, Tabula Tua.
 

Ryan Poli, chef/partner
Tavernita, 151 W. Erie St., 312-274-1111; Little Market Brasserie, 10 E. Deleware Pl., 312-640-8141

“This is always a hit at picnics and barbecues because it’s not your ordinary potato salad,” says Poli. “It’s a little different, packing flavor from the curry. And it’s not too heavy for a hot summer day.”
 

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes

Potatoes
3 lb. mixed fingerling potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1½ Tbsp. curry powder
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¾ cup chopped celery
2 Tbsp. chopped tarragon
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. crushed coriander seeds
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. pickled mustard seeds
Salt and pepper

1. Boil potatoes 10 to 15 minutes, until fork tender. Cool in refrigerator. Cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.

2. Blend the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry powder.

3. Add cilantro, celery, tarragon, red onion, spices, and ½ tsp. pickled mustard seeds (see below).

4. Add potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Chill for up to 2 hours. Keep refrigerated until serving.
 

Pickled mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
½ cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar
½ Tbsp. salt

Combine all ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes until seeds are plump. Drain off all liquid and cool.
 

Tips and tricks:
Add a little more water to the mustard seeds if they look dry.

Save extra mustard seeds to add to vinaigrettes, cooked fish, or anything else that needs a little tang.
 

THE CHEAT
Buy housemade potato salad at Mariano’s (marianos.com). The one called Metro ($3.99 a pound) has all the ingredients, seasonings, and heft that you want from this classic.

NEXT: Roasted Beet Salad recipe »

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