When one thinks of a potato salad in Britain, we expect something like this:
H0wever, I made one very differently last night, and it looked like this:
When I’m at work or university for the day, I like to make my lunch the evening before. It saves time in the morning and means more time to sleep! Generally I like to have salad at lunchtime, which means lettuce is the key ingredient for me. However, there were no lettuce/salad leaves in the fridge, so I was tempted to make a pasta salad like the one I made recently, or even couscous.
In the end, I decided to be experimental and made a potato dish for my lunch today, but not in the traditional way. I guess what I made looks more like a vegetable stew, or a bit like ratatouille with potatoes, but I’m calling it a potato salad!
To start with, I chopped up some new potatoes and butternut squash, and put them in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat. I left these to cook while I made the sauce.
I finely chopped a small red onion and fried it in a small pan of oil. When it started to soften, I added chopped courgette and cooked for about 3-5 minutes. Then I poured in half a tin of chopped tomatoes and a bunch of spinach leaves, gave it all a good stir and left for a further 5 minutes.
When the potatoes and squash were cooked, I drained them and then put them into the vegetable sauce. I combined it altogether and left for a few more minutes on the medium heat to let it all combine. I then transferred it all to a plastic container and devoured the experimental potato salad for my lunch today.
I must admit, the flavours didn’t quite work out how I had anticipated. One of the ingredients gave off a strong flavour which didn’t quite work with everything else; I think it may have been the courgette. But I was being experimental, and you don’t know what something is like until you try it!
Happy reading and blogging!