GREEN POTATO MIDSUMMER SALAD

'CELEBRATING WHAT NATURE GIVE US'

(Serves 4)

Salad:

  • 1 kg fresh potatoes
  • 150 g fresh snap peas or green peas
  • A handful small carrots
  • A handful radishes
  • 4-5 spring onions
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh garlic

Green dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • Big handful fresh parsley
  • Big handful fresh coriander
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green jalapeño 
  • Sea salt & black pepper

Midsummer, is a big celebration here in Sweden. People gather with family and friends to enjoy an special meal, dance with a crown of flowers on their heads, and enjoy the summer time though it used to rain that day... One of the main dishes is a potato salad made with fresh potatoes and herbs, so this was my inspiration when making this recipe. Fresh potatoes are as its best in the market these days and they don't need that much to taste like heaven!.

To make the salad, clean the potatoes under water. Place them in a saucepan and cook for about 20 minutes until they soften (pinch them with a fork to feel the consistence). Meanwhile, rinse and slice thinly the snap peas, spring onions and radishes. When the potatoes are ready, drain them by using a colander and let them cool down. If you find small carrots perfect, otherwise cut in thin strings normal size carrots. Heat some olive oil in a sauce pan, and sauté for a couple of minutes the carrots with some sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper (you can also add a spoon of apple cider vinegar while sautéing). Set aside.

To make the green dressing, in a blender mix all the ingredients until you get a creamy consistence. Taste and add more salt, pepper or lime if need it.

Now place all the cooked potatoes, spring onions and peas in a big bowl. Drizzle some spoons of green dressing, sprinkle sea salt and pepper and combine with a wooden spoon, (you can also add some extra chopped herbs, i added fresh oregano and parsley). Place the fresh radishes and carrots on the top as decoration.

Translation of the traditional Swedish song, that people sing during the Midsummer celebration:

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see.

The small frogs, the small frogs are funny to see.

No ears, no ears, no tails have they.

No ears, no ears, no tails have they.

Quack quack quack, quack quack quack,

Quack quack quack quacka.

Quack quack quack, quack quack quack,

Quack quack quack quacka.