Saturday, May 09, 2009

May 5, 2009: Autumn apple-potato salad

Though I haven't done so as often as I would like, I label some of my bookmarked recipes with the season they're best suited to. In this case, Matt (of Matt Bites) did the work for me by naming this dish Autumn apple and potato salad. The inclusion of apple certainly sets it apart from the common bacon-and-mayo potato salad seen at barbecues across Australia; Matt also suggests dressing it with blue cheese or ranch-style condiment. I think these dressings are more common in the U.S. than here, and easily bought by the bottle. Instead I thought I'd try making my own blue cheese dressing and I picked this recipe from since it'd make use of my leftover buttermilk.

We teamed the salad with baked tofu 'fish' bites and a generous handful of spinach and rocket leaves. I'm still only a cautious and occasional appreciater of the more pungent varieties of cheese, and this dressing pleased me in more bites than it repelled me (how's that for a recommendation?). Lovers of blue cheese will certainly enjoy it; for me it was at its best up against the sweetness of an apple chunk or sultana.

Autumn apple-potato salad
(a synthesis of recipes at Matt Bites and

500g small red potatoes
3 large crisp red apples, e.g. Fuji
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

80g soft blue cheese
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream

Boil the potatoes, skin on, until tender but still firm.

Meanwhile core and dice the apples (leave the skin on), place them in a salad bowl, and sprinkle them with the vinegar to prevent browning. Toss through the sultanas and parsley.

In a separate smaller bowl, crumble the blue cheese and then whisk through the remaining dressing ingredients until it is as smooth as possible (you could also do this in a food processor).

Once the potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool until you can handle them. Roughly dice the potatoes and gently toss them through the apple salad. Stir through the dressing, season to taste and serve.


  1. sounds delish - I am a little wary of blue cheese but it would go so well with apple that I would love to try this

  2. Thanks, Johanna - this is a fine time of year for it. :-)