Classic potato salad made with hard-boiled eggs, pickles, celery and mayonnaise is a traditional picnic food that many of us grew up with. But it’s great to have choices, and this Springtime Potato Salad with a simple lemon tahini dressing provides a lighter alternative. Tender potatoes, salty capers, dill and a generous handful of fresh chives all tossed together with a light creamy dressing make a satisfying substitute for a traditional potato salad. And finally, garnish with chive flowers–just for fun!
As this post goes live, I’ll be in the air over the Atlantic heading to Europe! This time we’ll be spending most of our time in Italy. I absolutely cannot wait to return to some of our favourite spots and discover new ones. And the food! Nothing compares to the way the Italians can create simple rustic dishes with fresh local ingredients. I’m looking forward to some warm spring sunshine, those rolling hills in Tuscany, the vibrant green panoramas of Umbria and the spectacular cliffs of the Amalfi Coast.
I’m leaving you with this light lemony springtime potato salad. Baby potatoes, a light lemony dressing, and fresh baby chives–all ideal ingredients for a spring salad. Those tiny ones multi-coloured potatoes are fun to eat and quick and easy to cook.
You’ll likely have some of the Lemon Tahini Dressing leftover. It’s delicious on asparagus! Try it on other roasted vegetables too.
- 1.5 pounds baby potatoes, scrubbed
- 1/4 cup capers
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup sesame tahini
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp warm water
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- dried chili flakes for sprinkling (optional)
- 1 or 2 tbsp fresh chives, snipped
- chive flowers, for garnish
- Put baby potatoes in a pot and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until fork tender. Remove from heat, drain and allow to cool.
- In the meantime, prepare the Lemon Tahini Dressing: mix ingredients in a mini food processor or blender.
- Transfer cooled potatoes to a medium bowl. Toss with capers, dill, Dijon mustard and 2 Tablespoons tahini. Garnish with fresh snipped chives or green onions and chive blossoms, if available. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and chill.
You'll have extra Lemon Tahini Dressing left over. Use it on salads, or grilled meats or vegetables.