This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Lucy's Extra Special Potato Salad

Food

If salad doesn’t excite you… this one might be the exception. After all, we’re talking about a salad with not one but TWO forms of carbohydrates, plus flakes of decadent smoked trout, and a deliciously creamy French-style emulsified vinaigrette.

If I’m being honest, it’s probably not the *healthiest* of salads… but it sure is a crowd-pleaser.

15th January, 2019

Potato salad with all the trimmings. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 15th January 2019

They say you don’t make friends with salad. But this fancy potato salad with all the trimmings is the exception to the rule! It’s my take on a French-style potato salad, dressed with a light, herby vinaigrette, instead of mayo. In this version, I’ve also added crunchy homemade croutons and store-bought ocean trout. So good!

Any number of variations would work here. If you don’t eat fish, boiled eggs would be a good protein substitute. We also can’t help but think a scattering of crispy bacon bits would be a tasty addition if trout isn’t your thing.

The success of this salad is all about the potatoes. Powdery, fluffy potatoes just won’t cut it for this recipe, you really need a creamy variety. Go kipfler, or go home.

Salad Ingredients (serves 4 as a side)

  • 10-12 kipfler potatoes
  • Half a french bread stick, or 4 chunky slices of sourdough
  • Small amount of olive oil, for brushing on the croutons
  • 200g portion of store-bought smoked trout fillet
  • A generous handful of fresh watercress
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

For the vinaigrette

  • 4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of French dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 180°c. Slice your bread into 3-4cm pieces, and brush lightly with olive oil on both sides. Place on the grill tray in your oven, bake for about 15 minutes, or until crisp through and golden. Leave to cool.

Scrub (don’t peel) your Kipfler potatoes, and boil until just tender. Once cooked, drain, and slice into 1-2cm thick rounds. Whilst still hot, season lightly with a sprinkling of sea salt, and a splash of white wine vinegar. Allow to cool.

Whilst potatoes are cooking, rinse and chop your herbs. Also, prepare your trout – remove from packaging and flake with your fingers, removing any bones as you go.

Prepare your watercress by removing the leaves and discarding stems, rinsing and spinning in a salad spinner.

To make your creamy, emulsified vinaigrette, add your white wine vinegar to a small mixing bowl, with the dijon mustard, and whisk by hand to combine. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking as you go to ensure all ingredients combine evenly. The mustard is what helps emulsify and thicken the dressing, but it only works if you add the olive oil gradually. Once the dressing has reached your desired consistency (add more or less olive oil to your taste), add salt and pepper to taste.

Place all salad ingredients in a bowl and add dressing. Carefully fold through the dressing, taking care not to mash everything up too much. Serve at room temperature.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Food

Brussels Sprout Caesar with Croutons, Borlotti Beans and Sunflower Seeds

Hetty McKinnon's version of the all-American Caesar salad.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Julia's Brown Rice And Salmon Bowl

Stuck for dinner tonight (and lunch tomorrow)? Julia Busuttil Nishimura has got you covered with this quick and easy bowl!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Lucy's Freekah Salad With Crunchy Veg, Roasted Almonds and Herbs

A fabulously filling and more-ish salad, to kick start a healthy 2019!
Lucy Feagins

This Week

Interiors

11 Mirrors That Are Having A Moment!

Lauren Li's edit of her favourite mirrors out there right now, to take your space to the next level!
Lauren Li

News

The Very Best In First Nations Fashion Design!

The National Indigenous Fashion Awards were held on Larrakia Country (Darwin), recognising First Nations artists + designers across six cate...
Sasha Gattermayr
  7 hours ago

News

Delicious New Bed Linen From A Local Fave

Melbourne-based bed linen stars, The Sheet Society, launches a moody new winter range ripe for mixing + matching.
Sponsored

Food

Julia's Strawberry Crumble Cake

A golden, nutty butter cake with crunchy oat topping and a layer of spiced strawberry, from food columnist Julia Busuttil Nishimura.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Interiors

A Sydney-Meets-Melbourne Family Terrace

Full of Grace Interiors bring Melbourne design influences to this breezy Sydney home.

Homes

A Remarkable Family Home Transformation

Maddie and Mike Witter transformed a mould-ridden, dilapidated house into a bright and breezy family home for six!

Architecture

A 90m² Inner-Suburban Block Turned Multipurpose Family Home!

MRTN Architects have designed family home, office, and granny flat on a mere 90m² Brunswick East block!

Architecture

A Minimalist Home Where The Landscape Takes Centre Stage

This Mount Mellum, Queensland home by Sparks Architects is all about its incredible views, taking in the ocean and D'Aguilar Range!

TDF Design Awards

The Most Fabulous New Furniture Designs In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021

There is no shortage of innovation and inspiration from the Furniture Design finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards this year!
02:27

Travel

A Perfect Day in Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges, With Paul Bangay

Lucy joins legendary landscape designer Paul Bangay for a dreamy day trip in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, capturing the best that the

On The Market

A Rammed Earth Masterpiece With Sweeping Mountain Views

Rarely are the stunning architectural homes we feature for sale... but this jaw-dropping Peter Stutchbury Architecture-designed home is!
Marcus Lloyd-Jones

Architecture

A New Zealand Villa Built For Hosting

Architecture firm Maud creates a home for a family of hospitality professionals, built around a generous kitchen, outdoor room + pétanque g...

Shopping

The Latest Collection From North Is A Total Dream

Created in collaboration with artists from Marrawuddi Arts and Culture and Injalak Arts, 'Stone Country Collection' is a celebration of the
Sally Tabart
  1 hour ago

Interiors

A Before-And-After Interior Renovation That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

AMA Studio Interiors transforms a rustic, wood-panelled cottage on the NSW Central Coast into dreamy family retreat.

Homes

An 1870s Church Turned Stylist’s Family Home!

Stylist at Read&Hall Sarah Fairhead Hall and husband Adam converted an 1870s church in Willunga, South Australia into their family home!
Lucy Feagins
  10 hours ago

Similar Stories

Food

Brussels Sprout Caesar with Croutons, Borlotti Beans and Sunflower Seeds

Hetty McKinnon's version of the all-American Caesar salad.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Julia's Brown Rice And Salmon Bowl

Stuck for weeknight dinner ideas ? Julia Busuttil Nishimura has you covered !
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Lucy's Freekah Salad With Crunchy Veg, Roasted Almonds and Herbs

A fabulously filling and more-ish salad, to kick start a healthy 2019!
Lucy Feagins

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.