A Glimpse into the History of Potato Salad
The history of potato salad is perhaps longer than some salad histories and that is because potatoes have been around for so many hundreds of years. Combining potatoes with some kind of dressing, salt and pepper is one great way of preparing them, whether you want to make a chilled side dish, something tasty to go with your grilled chicken or steak or simply use up some leftover cooked potatoes.
Potato salad caught on in the United State in the late 1800s, probably by way of the German immigrants. The original German recipe used warm vinegar, although chilled potato salad with a creamy dressing is perhaps more popular now.
Greek potato salad features olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The Italian version contains salami, olive oil, vinegar, and parsley. There are also Swedish, Russian, French, and English versions, amongst others. Everyone has his or her own favorite recipe for potato salad.
An Old Recipe for Potato Salad
There are hundreds of old potato salad recipes. One recipe from a 1908 cookbook recommends that you cook waxy yellow potatoes in their skins, then peel them and add some hot broth or water. Use four spoons of olive oil for every one spoon of vinegar and add salt and pepper. Add parsley, celery, chives or chopped onion and toss the potato salad without breaking the potatoes.
This recipe also suggests that you serve the potato salad chilled, on a bed of lettuce leaves, with boiled dressing although it is unclear what exactly “boiled dressing” might be. A popular salad dressing around that time was made by boiling egg yolks with butter, dry mustard, cream, vinegar, and salt.
Potato Salad Serving Ideas
Whether you choose to take inspiration from the history of potato salad or make a more modern version of this delicious dish, there are plenty of ways to serve it. One of the most popular ways is to contrast the cool creaminess of the potato salad with something dry and perhaps spicy. What about marinating some chicken or steak and serving that on the side? Potato salad recipes are also great with ham, fish, or burgers, or you can spoon some on top of some salad leaves. Add chopped tomatoes, radish, grated carrot and perhaps some nuts or raisins, and you have a flavorful salad to enjoy.
Potato salad is mainly made up of carbs so it is not often paired with rice, bread, pasta or other wheat products, but you can add a little to a meat or fish sandwich if you want something completely different. Potato salad can be served instead of potatoes if you want a nice side dish, and you can even serve it warm or hot if that is what you prefer.
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